A FIVE wicket haul for Brinder Phagura and an 81 by Blake Maher was not enough for Kenilworth who slipped to a 46-run defeat at home to Kidderminster in the Birmingham Premier League.
The duo’s efforts would have been good enough to win most games, but they were eclipsed by a stunning all-round display by the visitors’ Neil Pinner.
The former Worcestershire and Leicestershire all-rounder made 132 of his team’s colossal 322 for eight, before claiming 5 for 47 as Wardens were bowled out for 276.
This means Martin Donald’s team lie eighth in the table at the end of the first win/lose section of the season.
After Phagura’s two early strikes had reduced the visitors to 58 for two, Pinner joined forces with his former Pears colleague Matt Pardoe, who made 62 from 80 balls, to add 117 for the third wicket.
Kidderminster then took full advantage of a superb Glasshouse Park pitch to smash 98 from Wardens’ fifth bowler combination and accelerate beyond the 300 mark.
Mike Hill’s 34 and a breezy 21 from Connor Smith provided Pinner with excellent support, before he eventually fell for a brilliant 121-ball 132, including ten fours and three maximums.
Phagura finished with 5 for 43 from an excellent spell, while Mark Pidgeon’s recall to first team action returned a tidy 1 for 47.
Arjun Bath (33) and Basit Zaman (46) added 74 for Wardens’ second wicket, after which Brisbane Heat prospect Maher, who made 81 from 79 balls, kept Wardens in the hunt.
Useful contributions from Nathan Edwards (29) and Phagura (34) took Wardens to 235 for five, but the loss of the Aussie all-rounder was a major blow, and the chase eventually subsided in the 48th over.
Elsewhere in the Warwickshire Division One, Kenilworth travelled to Old Edwardians for where they slipped to a three wicket defeat.
The home side won the toss and after being asked to bat first, Kenilworth lost a very early wicket and later slipped to 65 for 6 with only Dave Edmunds (39) making any impact with the bat.
Tom Booker hit a fine 51, which included seven fours, and Aussie Matt Dargan (27) put on 76 for the seventh wicket before a late collapse saw the visitors slump to 165 all out in only 38 overs.
Old Edwardians found things tricky in their reply slipping to 41 for 3 as Kenilworth’s bowlers made it hard the home side. Nazakat was having a fine game though and his 87 not out proved crucial.
Kenilworth kept taking wickets, with opening bowler Steve Rhodes taking a superb 4 for 21 from 12 hostile overs, but his efforts were in vain as Old Edwardians got over the winning line on 167 for seven winners by three wickets.