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Berkswell narrow gap on leaders after Darren Maddy ton

Former Warwickshire player Darren Maddy plundered 106 off 99 balls and found plenty of support from another former Bear, Dominic Ostler.

Jonathan Hipkiss Mark Best, Chris Cheslin, Dave Brignull, Nick James, Phil Neale (wicket keeper), James Neale, Tom Milnes, Mohammed Akhlaq, Dominic Ostler (captain), Tanveer Ahmed, Darren Maddy.
Mark Best, Chris Cheslin, Dave Brignull, Nick James, Phil Neale (wicket keeper), James Neale, Tom Milnes, Mohammed Akhlaq, Dominic Ostler (captain), Tanveer Ahmed, Darren Maddy.

Berkswell have cut the gap on leaders West Bromwich Dartmouth to 12 points in the Birmingham League Premier Division after pulling off a comprehensive 112-run success over Brockhampton.

Former Warwickshire player Darren Maddy plundered 106 off 99 balls and found plenty of support from another former Bear, Dominic Ostler, who added 42 while Pakistani player Tanvir Ahmed scored 30.

They helped Berkswell build a formidable total of 273 for seven, which proved too much for Brockhampton in reply as the Herefordshire side were bowled out for 161 as one-time Leicestershire bowler Dave Brignull and former Glamorgan player Nick James both claimed three wickets.

In contrast, Dartmouth missed out on victory despite having local rivals Walsall on the ropes in their drawn contest at Sandwell Park.

Skipper Kadeer Ali struck 64, Zeeshan Asif supplied another 58 while Aqsad Ali added a boundary-laden 69 not out as Dartmouth piled on the runs to reach 270 for six.

Walsall looked down and out in reply at 73 for five but a stubborn sixth-wicket stand of 71 between Jack Biddulph, who made 47, and acting skipper Paul Byrne, who provided 37, helped Walsall hold out on 171 for eight at close.

Barnt Green remain in striking distance of the leaders after they breezed to a five-wicket win over Dorridge.

Only Ollie Haley, with 60, provided any real resistance as Dorridge were bowled out for 149. Ed Pollock then produced a quickfire 72 not out as the Green raced to a winning 152 for five in just 23 overs. Batting honours went to Aussie Big Bash player Michael Hill who signed off from his stint with Knowle and Dorridge by smashing 152 runs against Walmley.

Hill shared a second wicket stand of 180 with opening batsman Alex Phillips, who added a further 81 of his own as the Station Road side scored 337 for seven.

Walmley were then rolled out for just 77 in reply as promising strike bowler Jack Grundy grabbed figures of five for 32, giving Knowle and Dorridge a victory margin of 260 runs.

 

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