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Century knock boosts winless Moseley

Birmingham League

Birmingham League

HUW Jones' Moseley may still waiting to record an outright win in the Birmingham & District Premier League but at least things are starting to look up for the Streetsbrook Road side.

Tomorrow they take on bottom-placed West Bromwich Dartmouth who hadn't won a game until they surprisingly toppled previous league leaders Wolverhampton last week

And despite being the only side in the division without a win, Moseley were happy to earn a winning draw at home to Walmley.

Jones had previously hoped for some high scoring among the opening batsmen and his appeal was answered by David Powles who hit an impressive 110. The improving batsman's runs largely contributed to his side's solid score of 250-7.

However, Walmley's response earned them a losing draw with a score of 178-8. Bhavik Patel led the comeback with 43 before Usman Awan bowled him out to contribute to his figures of 3-34.

Knowle & Dorridge host new league lead-ers Barnt Green tomorrow at Station Road. As the half-way stage of the season approaches Spencer Platt knows that a defeat tomorrow could all but end his side's title aspirations.

Last week they failed to see off a spirited Kenilworth Wardens side at Glasshouse Park and had to settle for 16 points off a winning draw.

The visitors started positively when half centuries from Sam Reddish and Nick James set up an impressive score of 245-6.

But in reply Kenilworth managed to cling on for a draw despite Nick Warren, Travis Friend and Nick James all taking two wickets apiece.

Shitansu Kotak (57) was the highest scorer for the fourth-placed side as their 170-9 earned them seven points in a losing draw.

In the First Division, Dorridge entertain high-flying Shrewsbury as they look to build on their recent success.

Mark Fisher posted an unbeaten 59 and Omar Ali was dismissed on 67 as

Halesowen were bowled out for 207.

Dorridge had Abdul Hafeez and Andy Wing to thank for hitting unbeaten scores of 43 and 37 respectively to earn them a losing draw with a score of 143-7

In the Second Division, Berskwell travel to neighbours Tamworth full of confidence after a six-wicket win over relegation-threatened Newport last week.

Sultan Khan took the plaudits, grabbing 5-31 with some almost unplayable bowling.

However three catches from Dominic Ostler helped the hosts reduce their Shropshire opponents for 179.

The Berskwell reply was fronted by experienced batsman Mohammed Akhlaq who hammered an unbeaten 79 to guide the in-form side to victory.

Olton will also fancy their chances when they travel west to Oswestry.

Last time out a dominant performance helped them continue their promotion battle after a convincing nine-wicket victory against Kington.

The Herefordshire side were bowled out for 119 as Jamie Hawkins took 3-25.

In reply Olton's early batsmen looked comfortable and Michael Ceillam found a welcome return of form as he notched 37 before falling victim at 67-1.

But that was Kington's last success as skipper James Neale (40) and Marc Webb (27) hit unbeaten scores to steer Olton to the victory...SUPL:



Cathrina Hulse
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