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Mike Palmer calls right to inspire Hampton & Solihull win

MIKE Palmer had luck on his side as the Hampton & Solihull bandwagon kept rolling.

MIKE Palmer had luck on his side as the Hampton & Solihull bandwagon kept rolling.

There division three eight-wicket rout of their top-of-the-table rivals Castle Bromwich was a third straight win was in part due to Palmer's shrewd call of the toss which gave his side control of the difficult conditions.

However, that does not tell the whole story of an excellent weekend for H&S - all three of their teams coming out on top.

Castle Brom struggled with the bat as they were bowled out for 135 in 44 testing overs. Harold Turner snaffled 3-35 while Palmer, Nigel Basford and Tim Keyte notched a brace apiece.

And with batting still far from straightforward Palmer (33) opened up with Piers Roberts(63) for an opening stand of 86 which put them well on the way to victory.

Knowle Village stayed in the promotion hunt with a victory over bottom side Thimblemill.

The visitors won the toss and elected to bat and started sensibly putting on a patient 35 for the first wicket. This wicket then triggered a collapse and Thimblemill soon fell to 48-4. However some

unorthodox hitting from Ali Asim frustrated Knowle until he was the last man to fall for 49. Thimblemill only managed to bat 32 of their 50 over allocation as they were bowled out for 123.

Knowle therefore had a tricky pre-tea spell to survive and although they managed to reach and slumped to 14-3.

However some excellent batting upon the resumption from Matt McCarthy who finished unbeaten with a superb 83 meant that there were no further alarms as Knowle cruised to a comfortable seven wicket victory. McCarthy was well supported by Greg Kilroy who also ended unbeaten on 34.

Solihull Blossomfield got their promotion drive back on track with a thumping win over Bedworth.

The Miners Welfare Park side were undone as Bloss stormed to an emphatic 102-run win.

The hosts did not have it all their own way initially as they were restricted to 197-8 with Abbassi making 58.

But their bowlers were always on top removing the visitors for just 95. ..SUPL:



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