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Two wicket win as Knowle and Dorridge increase their lead

by Nick Pullen

KNOWLE and Dorridge stretched their lead on top of the Birmingham League Premier Division to an imposing 41 point margin after squeezing out a two wicket win over second placed Shrewsbury.

However the reigning champions left it late, scraping home with just two balls to spare after chasing down a Shrewsbury target of 255 for four.

Runs flowed as Joe Leach lashed 85 not out and found support from Ed Foster who fired a further 62 as Knowle and Dorridge's bowling attack was put to the sword.

The champions then returned the compliments in reply as former Glamorgan and Warwickshire batsman David Hemp led the charge by compiling 84.

Warwickshire wicketkeeper Richard Johnson reeled off a further 63 while another former Bear Luke Parker plundered 51 as Knowle and Dorridge reached 256 for eight.

Adam Taylor struck his maiden century for Moseley who missed out on victory by just one wicket against Barnt Green.

Taylor finished on 102 as Moseley made 209 for six and then had Barnt Green on the ropes at 138 for nine but failed to deliver the final knockout blow.

Dorridge are now firmly established in Division One's mid-table following their five wicket win over bottom side Coventry who have yet to register a victory this season.

Coventry looked well placed to break their duck at tea after composing a target of 227 for nine.

Dorridge had different ideas as David Ball followed up his bowling figures of four for 44 by firing off 86 runs.

Ball had plenty of support at the opposite end as Tariq Mohammed made 54 while skipper Abdul Hafeez hit a further 48 enabling Dorridge to cruise home on 228 for five.

Berkswell continued to breath down the Division Two leaders' necks after they bagged an excellent four wicket win over Bridgnorth.

Shropshire allrounder Jono Whitney walloped 91 as Bridgnorth posted a target of 264 for seven but Berkswell chased that total down in reply.

James Neale led the charge with 69 while Wessel Hartslieff hit 65 not out as Berkswell reached 266 for six.

The result leaves Berkswell right on the heels on leaders Old Elizabethans and Evesham.

Olton enjoyed an outstanding four wicket win over Coventry club Bablake Old Boys in Division Three.

Although Olton remain in the thick of the drop zone, this result will give them a huge lift in their bid to retain Birmingham League status.

Olton obtained victory the hard way, by chasing down a daunting Bablake total of 263 for seven.

Xavier Gabriel gave Olton the platform for a prized victory with 89 not out while the in-form Gary Hawkins hit a further 67 which enabled the Grange Road side to race home with a healthy seven overs in hand.


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