IT WILL be winner takes all this Saturday as Milford Hall firsts take on Aston Manor in the final Birmingham League fixture with the knowledge that the winning side stays up while the losers will be relegated.
That is the situation after last Saturday’s round of matches saw Milford surprisingly beaten by already relegated Worcester Nomads while Aston Manor defeated another doomed side Evesham.
Batting first, Worcester scored 177-8 with Lewis Austin hitting 51 for the home side. Guy Bulpitt was Milford’s leading bowler with 3-15 from his ten overs while Todd Henderson picked up 2-41.
But, in reply, Richard Henry snapped up the first five wickets as Milford slumped to 71-7. Bulpitt (24) and Scott Corbett (37) added 57 for the eighth wicket but the recovery was not to last and Milford were finally dismissed for 151 to go down by 26 runs.
There was better news for Milford seconds who thrashed Fordhouses by 150 runs.
Pat Turner (54) and Kevin Royce (50) both hit half centuries as Milford piled up 253-8 from their 50 overs.
Mark Shrehorn (36) and Jordan Bulpitt (28 not out) also scored well for the home side.
But Fordhouses were skittled for just 103 in reply with Chris Dean (4-23) and Matt Cooper (3-5) doing the damage.
Despite scoring more runs and taking more wickets than their opponents, Milford Hall thirds had to settle for a losing draw in their rain affected game at Highcroft and Great Barr Unity.
Batting first, Milford scored 269-8 with Chris Elsley top scoring on 69. Together with Ras Gamage (44) he helped add 109 for the second wicket before Ruan Markram (46) and Alex Stenson (35) also made useful contributions.
A rain interruption at the start of the Highcroft innings left them with just 36 overs to bat and a reduced target of 194 to secure the winning draw.
Akhtar Iqbal top scored with 47 as the home side kept up with the rate. Ravan Chahal (3-42) and Gamage (3-56) both took three wickets each while Alex Stenson took a stunning one handed catch in front of the sightscreen but HGBU took the winning draw, closing on 197-9.
Milford fourths go into their final game against Cannock knowing that victory will give them the Staffs Clubs division 5 title.
On Saturday, they beat Fordhouses by eight wickets after bowling out the Wolverhampton based side for just 105.
Only two Fordhouses players reached double figures against some tight bowling from Tom Webb (2-12) and Chris Copp (2-31) while Josh Nunan picked up 3-20.
Webb (27 not out) and James Davis (34 not out) saw Milford to a comfortable victory in just 20 overs, for the loss of two wickets.