Minor Counties: Shropshire draw with Herefordshire at Eastnor

Eastnor Cricket Club, Herefordshire
Minor Counties Championship, Eastnor
Shropshire 367-8 dec (Omar Ali 92, Weston 44, S Leach 39) and 281 (S Leach 91, Clarke 69, Pardesi 4-51)
Herefordshire 382-9 dec (Pollock 227 no, Pardesi 62, Vernon 40, Randhawa 3-140) and 191-7 (Lowen 66, Randhawa 4-68)
Match Drawn
Shropshire 12 pts, Herefordshire 11 pts

Shropshire kept up their unbeaten start to the Minor Counties Championship season as they drew with neighbours Herefordshire at Eastnor.

Despite 92 from Omar Ali, younger brother of England all-rounder Moeen, Shropshire were 15 runs behind on first innings thanks to a stunning 227 from ex-Worcestershire junior Ed Pollock.

Shropshire were bowled out for 281 in their second innings to set 267 to win.

Herefordshire were then left hanging on to draw the game on 191-7.

Runs in the family . . .
Ed Pollock's father Angus and his elder brother Alasdair played for first-class cricket for Cambridge University. Ed, who is at Durham University, made his first-class debut for Durham MCCU against Somerset in April.

Former Yorkshire spinner Gurman Randhawa took 4-68 as Herefordshire fell well short of their victory target of 267 from a minimum of 55 overs.

After hitting eight sixes and 22 fours in his unbeaten first-innings double century, 19-year-old Pollock was this time out for 20.

Shropshire experienced a sluggish start in 2015, losing all four 50-over Knockout Trophy qualifying group games before exiting the inaugural Minor Counties Twenty20 competition at the first hurdle.

But they bounced back from that to win their opening Championship game inside two days against Cheshire at Whitchurch.

Herefordshire lost by 108 runs in their first Western Division game of the season against Cornwall at Colwall.