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By Liam Moakes Tuesday 30 April 2013 Updated: 02/05 16:19
STUDLEY made a solid start to life in Warwickshire League Division One as they picked up 16 points from a winning draw at Walsall YMF on Saturday.
The visitors won the toss and elected to bowl in difficult conditions for batting, but the home side responded well to the challenge they were faced with and raced to 75-2 off 15 overs.
After a short delay due to a heavy hailstorm, a resurgent Studley returned to the field and captain Steve Rose (4-32) managed to take four quick wickets to stem the flow of runs and change the complexion of the innings.
Rose bowled well in tandem with Brandon Miller, who completed his allotted 15 overs for the cost of just 30 runs.
Studley wicketkeeper Chris Perrins took three stumpings and two catches before the hosts were eventually bowled out in the 50th over for 173.
Studley's reply was reduced to 39 overs due to the rain and they were set a target of 135 for the winning draw.
The chase got off to a bad start as Chris Moss was run out for a duck without facing a ball but Studley moved on to 50-1, only to lose Rose (24) and Miller (24) in quick succession.
Dale Edwards (32) and Mark Swanick (43) batted beautifully to edge the visitors towards the winning draw target, although both were dismissed in trying to achieve an extra batting point (150), which Perrins and Shane Ward ensured on the last ball as Studley finished on 153-6, just 21 runs off taking maximum points.
Skipper Rose, whose side host Hampton & Solihull on Saturday, said: "It was good to get off to a decent start, as we wanted a positive result to get off on the right foot.
"We were frustrated by the weather, because if we had had the extra 11 overs we lost due to rain I am sure we would have taken maximum points.
"With all the rain the pitch changed slightly as well which made the run chase very tricky. It was great to see Dale and Mark bat maturely and get the side to the winning draw target."
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