WARWICK picked up maximum points at home on Saturday with a comprehensive 145-run win against Bablake Old Boys’ third team.
Home skipper Matt Warren won the toss and chose to bat first on what looked a good track at the Hampton Road ground, but it was Bablake who drew first blood as opener Adrian Passey departed early on.
Number three Michael Hope (19) pushed the score along quickly before nicking behind to leave the innings precariously placed at 32 for 2.
Matt Warren then joined opener Graeme Burke at the crease and played the ideal captain’s innings as the two combined brilliantly; pushing singles and hitting anything loose to the boundary as they put on a century stand in what became the match defining partnership.
Burke (56) eventually departed lbw to Asif Khan (3 for 69) with the score 132 for 3, creating a perfect platform for John Edden (27) to join Warren at the crease and continue moving the score along quickly as the pair put on 51.
Matt Warren was eventually caught out for a splendid 77 and a small flurry of wickets followed, only stabilised when Rajan Bhatti (33) and Osbourne (17) put on 53 for the eighth wicket to help push the score to 254 for 9, at which point Warwick declared giving themselves five extra overs in their quest for victory.
Opening bowler Tom Austin (1 for 21) got Warwick off to a great start when he pinned opener Udeshi (0) lbw in the first over, however Warwick were made to wait for the next breakthrough until young leg spinner Ed Hare (3 for 28) took advantage of some loose hitting to pick up three quick wickets. Leading spinner Anil Lohan then joined proceedings and all but secured the game, allowing for leggie Michael Hope (2 for 5) to mop up the tail and seal the emphatic 24-point victory.
It was welcome return to form for Warwick after last week’s poor showing, and they head to league leaders Old Edwardians seconds in their next fixture full of confidence.