BABLAKE Old Boys let themselves down according to bowler Sam Eames after falling to a five-wicket defeat at the hands high-flying Nuneaton in the Warwickshire Premier League.
Stand-in skipper Jason Pyott lost the toss at Norman Place Road and the hosts were put in to bat but they quickly found themselves 13 for 3 before a stand of 45 between former Hong Kong International, Mark Eames (40) and Matt Kettley steadied the ship.
The home side lost wickets at regular intervals to post a lowly 116 with Jason Jakeman being the pick of the bowlers with figures of 4 for 12.
Nuneaton went on to reach the target with relative ease in the 20th over for the loss of five wickets despite two wickets each for Lee Leatherland and Azhar Ali. The impressive Jakeman again starred for Nuneaton with a well made 49.
Opening Bablake bowler Sam Eames reflected: “We let ourselves down firstly with the bat, to only score 116 out there was always going to leave us chasing the game. Then during periods with the ball also. You can’t afford to do that against a side of Nuneaton’s quality.”
In the Birmingham Premier League, Coventry & North Warwickshire are still without a win this season after being held to a draw on the road at Tamworth.
It was Tamworth who won the toss and elected for their opponents to bat first. Coventry responded by scoring 195 for 7 from their 55 overs with Amrinder Singh Brar top scoring for the visitors with 67, while Jonathan Miles (36) and Jack Horsley (37 not out) also chipped in.
In reply Tamoworth raced to 168 for 6 from 40 overs before rain delayed proceedings. Ben Maddox was the pick of the batters by scoring 72 not out and he was helped out by Jacob Flower (55).
Bablake now face another tough away trip to top of the table Solihull Municipal this weekend while Coventry & North Warwickshire host Owestry.