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Ayliffe in form for the flying Princes
12:20pm Friday 22nd March 2013 in Sport
HOSTS Prince Henry’s are looking more like Worcestershire Indoor League Evesham champions as the weeks go by after an emphatic win over Redditch.
Chris Ayliffe (35 not out) and Elliott Thompson (18) provided their usual good start until the latter was run out in the fifth over with the score on 43.
Liam Ridings (14) scored quickly but the introduction of Tom Pilling (26 retired) and Mike Brown (27ret) produced brutal hitting.
Dom Fenney (17no) showed maturity in partnering the returning Ayliffe to score 30 runs off the last two overs as Prince Henry’s reached a formidable final score of 149- 3.
Redditch started badly when Dan Prothero (4) was dismissed by the impressive Brown (1-20).
Jack Roberson (26) played sensibly but lost partners at regular intervals until joined by Gary Chinn (27).
They could not score at anything like the required run-rate as Redditch subsided to a 57-run defeat, finishing on 92-6.
Dumbleton (160-2) beat Evesham Casuals (70-4) by 90 runs when the loss of Matt Nicholson (3) to the last ball of the first over was hardly a sign of things to come.
The remaining Dumbleton batsmen devastated the Casuals bowling as the onslaught began with Adam Stewart (45no) and Phil Patterson (25ret).
Andy Powell (27ret) and Craig Boulding (23) continued in the same fashion and, with Tom Green (12no) as the last batsman, there was to be no respite in a huge final total.
The early loss of the reliable Pete Cross (4) was an early blow but Ash Icke (28) and Will Lloyd (20) did their best to steady the ship.
But they could not match the necessary run-rate, reaching 40 runs off six overs.
When Lloyd was out, only Lee Clarke (10no) could stay with Icke as Powell took 1-8 from three overs.