CRICKET: A LACK of big scorers cost Standard on Saturday as they lost out to Warwickshire Premier Division rivals Bedworth.
The Coventry side dropped to sixth in the county’s highest cricket tier after Bedworth hit the winning runs in the final over to win by five wickets.
Batting first, Standard made a steady start – passing 20 without the loss of wicket as openers Ryan Leybourne and Thomas Kidd kept the score ticking.
Kidd departed for 12 while the score was on 21 as Andy Jones came to the wicket.
Jones and Leybourne put on 40 before Jones was caught out by Plowman.
A patient innings from opener Leybourne eventually ended while Standard reached 88 as wickets fell at regular intervals.
Steve Vaughan was the next to depart for 21 off just 27 balls while Bradley Curtis remained on 0.
Curtis soon found his rhythm though to hit 46 runs before being bowled by Lewis Noon.
Robert Jones added 26 to Standard’s total, but the club’s tailend could only manage 25 runs between them as a minor batting collapse reduced Standard to 227/9 from their 50 overs.
Bedworth bowlers Lewis Noon, Andrew Wilks, Abdul Hafeez, and Heath Parnell starred with the ball by picking up two wickets apiece.
In reply, Standard were pleased to have Bedworth opener Matt Pickering caught out for a quick fire 28.
Fellow opener Ryan Parnell hit just eight runs from 23 balls – but third batsman Scott Friswell hit a standout 65 to help guide the visiting team past the 100 mark as he saw partners Ross Parnell and Fraser Plowman depart.
Friswell was then trapped lbw while Bedworth were on 140 runs, but solid batting performances from Abdul Hafeez (65*) and Heath Parnell (37*) guided Bedworth to victory with four balls remaining.
Ben O’Hara was the pick of the bowlers for Standard, returning with figures of 50/3 from 12 overs.