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Nifty Nitesh is key to Old Hill's survival
4:19pm Thursday 29th August 2013 in Football
OLD Hill threw themselves a huge lifeline this week thanks to a five wicket win over Leamington.
The result leaves Old Hill 42 points clear of next-to-bottom Leamington and the relegation zone with just three games to go.
The Haden Hill side always looked well placed to win after removing Leamington for 154.
The key moment of the innings arrived when Dmitri Ratnayake caught and bowled Leamington dangerman Paul Best, when the Warwickshire player had reached 21.
But it was the Herefordshire Minor Counties pairing of Nitesh Patel and skipper Danny Cox who caused most damage with the ball as the pair combined to mop-up Leamington’s lower order.
Patel finished with figures of three for 21 while Cox claimed three for 34.
Old Hill had to bide their time in reply, taking 46 overs to achieve their target.
Teenage opening bat Mike Hingley made 33 but the game belonged to Nitesh who saw Old Hill over the line for 57 not out.
Victory over Leamington had been vital after Saturday’s 13 run defeat to Smethwick had put their Birmingham League Division One status in danger.
Having restricted Smethwick to 200-7 from their 50 overs, Old Hill fell short of their target on 187 all out with seven balls remaining.
Once again, Mike Hingley impressed with the bat making 51 in the face of some hostile bowling by former Warwickshire and Lancashire paceman Naquaash Tahir.
Nitesh also produced plenty of support when making 54 but the introduction of Kuldeep Diwan to the bowling attack triggered a collapse as he claimed match-winning figures of 5-19.
Old Hill travel to Barnards Green on Saturday.
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