TIME is running out for Milford Hall firsts in their battle to avoid relegation from the Birmingham League.
Last Saturday saw them go down by 81 runs at Streetly, a result that should secure the Birmingham League status of the home side for another season.
Batting first, Streetly struck 256-9 thanks mainly to 86 from Anup Revandkar and 80 from Craig Moore.
A flurry of wickets towards the end of the Streetly innings saw them lose five wickets for 15 runs with Guy Bulpitt picking up 4-34.
Despite 33 from Matt Cottrell and a well struck 31 from Tom Bowers, Milford were always behind the clock with their reply and they eventually succumbed to 175 all out, leaving Milford 27 points from safety.
Milford seconds were also soundly beaten by Streetly in the Birmingham and District Seconds Division Two.
Pat Turner top scored on 54, also making useful contributions with the bat were Matt Cooper (38) and Ryan Young (33) as Milford reached a below par 191.
Streetly openers Steve Eastham (68) and Mohammed Rizwan (63) did most of the damage as the visitors eased their way to victory, reaching a rain reduced target of 187 with six wickets and six overs to spare
The thirds were denied an almost certain victory when rain cut short their game at Codsall.
An hour and a half of play was lost when rain leaked through the covers leaving Milford the task of setting the home side a target yet still having enough overs to bowl them out.
Chris Elsley provided the backbone to the Milford innings with 50 before Rav Chahal (28 not out) helped to take the score to 164-7 dec.
This gave Milford a maximum of 28 overs to bowl at Codsall and when they were reduced to 21-5, hopes were high.
But the Codsall middle order were able to provide greater resistance and their innings eventually closed on 56-8.
The trio of Thus Dissanayaka, Ras Gamage and Ruan Markram picked up two wickets each.
Milford fourths were without a game after Brewood conceded in midweek.
On Sunday, Milford Ladies concluded their first season in the Midlands Women’s League by defeating Forton by eight wickets.
Forton were restricted to 105 all out before Millie Bendall (39 not out) and Lauren Hewitt (23 not out) guided Milford to a comfortable victory.
Among the wickets for Milford were Sophie Henderson (2-10), Nia Nokes (2-15) and Hannah Smith (2-18).