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Derby delight is just the job as Knowle rule roost

Knowle secured the most points by defeating the visitors by 85 runs in the Birmingham Premier League.

Dave Edwards, NewBold Images Knowle & Dorridge's Mark Bevan bowls to Berkswell's Jamie Spires.
Knowle & Dorridge's Mark Bevan bowls to Berkswell's Jamie Spires.

By Trevor Jordan

In the local derby game between Knowle & Dorridge and Berkswell it was the home side that secured the most points by defeating the visitors by 85 runs in the Birmingham Premier League.

Invited to bat first Knowle & Dorridge were two wickets down for 33 runs in the 13th over but a patient innings by Paul Best (47) and a excellent innings by Sam Reddish (113) enabled the hosts to finally close their innings after 50 overs with seven wickets down for 236 runs.

For Berkswell, Chris Cheslin picked up 3 for 34 and Dave Brignull 2 for 36.

In reply, the visitors to Station Road lost James Neale (4) in the fourth over but Mark Best (13) and Nick James (32) put together a 41-run partnership to keep Berkswell in the hunt.

However, the loss of Best, James and Tom Lewis (4) and then Alex Unsworth (9) with the scoreboard showing only 84 slowed down the run chase.

Skipper Dominic Ostler (27), Phil Neale (24) and Jamie Spires (12) were the only other players to effectively trouble the scorers and the Berkswell innings ended on 151 in the 44th over.

Knowle & Dorridge bowlers Dave Myers and Mark Bevan claimed 4 for 14, and 3 for 42 respectively.

 

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