After securing promotion to Warwickshire League Division One for the first time in their history last weekend, Knowle Village CC travelled to Weoley Hill CC looking to wrap up the Division Two title.
However, with their opponents also having one eye on promotion it made for an interesting afternoon’s cricket.
After being put in Knowle got off to a steady start with skipper Sean Dunne and youngster Dan Clark once again working well together and moved to 30 without loss after eight overs.
When that changed to 64-4 though it was down to Knowle’s brothers Andy (36) and Martin Richmond (29) to resurrect the innings and the score progressed to 120-4 at the drinks interval.
But both fell in quick succession and with the best part of 20 overs remaining run rate and overs weren’t the problem, but wickets were running out.
Up stepped the hero of the previous two matches, Charlie Rowe, who looked at ease as he reached his maiden Saturday 1st XI half century.
This milestone appeared to send Rowe into overdrive as he punished the Weoley Hill attack with some glorious shots.
He eventually fell for 93 as Knowle amassed an impressive 292 all out.
With this mammoth score on the board Weoley Hill needed an innings to match that of Rowe if they were to stand any chance of chasing it down.
However, despite a gutsy 82 from opener McLaughlin the hosts failed to stay up with the run rate.
Khizar Zaman bowled with great control to stifle any brief glimpses Weoley had of chasing down the total before the reintroduction of James Tomnie (3-49) into the attack brought a flurry of wickets.
However Knowle came up just short of securing the 24 points which could have won them the league as Weoley Hill finished on 232-8 with Zaman finishing with figures of 3-37.