PREMIER Division leaders Knowle & Dorridge put their defeat against Shrewsbury last week with a confidence strengthening win against Leamington Spa.
South African Jacobus Pienaar was once again the leading light of the K&D side, his 83 runs from just 53 balls demolishing the Leamington field. Nick James, freed from his England duties took 3 - 38 while the Station Road side also welcomed former Glamorgan captain David Hemp into their ranks.
Leamington had achieved 142 for seven, which was beaten by K&D in the 20th over,
Hampton & Solihull 1st X1 looked to continue on from last weeks win but were dashed by the rain away at Weolly Hill in the Warwickshire League 3 on Saturday.
Mike Palmer put the hosts in and he immediately ripped through the top order. Palmer’s superb 6-34 from 15 overs put Weoley Hill on the back foot and, though Graham countered with 46 not out, the hosts were bowled out for 152 with Tim Keyte chipping in with 2-17.
Ash Azhar (19) and Mark James (32) steadily built a good 2nd wicket partnership for H&S but had to push on as the rain approached and were out chasing runs. When the rain came, H&S were 78 for 3 and looking the more likely for victory. However, they only picked up 8 points in a game they all but dominated and remain in 6th place in a very competitive league.
Paul Goldingay’s 2nd X1 were also hit by the rain as they posted 156 at Marsh Lane. Weoley Hill were on 88 for 3 when play was abandoned and the game nicely poised.
In Division 1 of the Cotswold Hills League Rowington’s prospects of playing Broadway looked glum as the rain fell right up until 1.00pm, then bright sunshine ensued and the match was on.
Scott Rogers allowed Broadway to bowl and together with Alex Smith put on 58 before Rogers (26) lobbed one back to the bowler Beale, Smith (23) soon followed 9 runs later and the R’s had to re-group. Paul Vickerstaff couldn’t push the score on as he fell for 12 again to Beale, but Tommy Williams made a brisk 31 before Clements bowled him, bringing Clive Haywood and Billy Sly together, they pushed the score up to 181 with a 67 partnership before Haywood was bowled by Powell for 33, doubling his seasons tally!
Billy Sly continued on with Stuart Norris but couldn’t punish some decent bowling and the score dribbled up to 197 - 5 with Sly 40 not out and Norris 2 not out.
In reply Rowington’s Steve Jay uncharacteristically gave a boundary ball every over going for 26 off 5, Norris fared little better going for 18 before injury sidelined him, Andy Shaw pulled the R’s back into the game with 1 - 29, off ten and the run-rate was becoming a major factor.
Paul Vickerstaff did his best and despite numerous LBW’s being turned down by the umpire. He ended up getting Clements who had been the mainstay of the innings with 42.
The two Evans’ came together and they managed to push the score back in Broadways favour helped by some wayward bowling, before Vickers bowled M Evans for 18, he had Beale back in the hutch for 6 soon after and yet again the pendulum swung towards the R’s.
Clark joined N Evans and they started to open up as they realised the run rate was too low, a series of boundaries helped them and with the run rate slightly favouring them the rain started, they were 19 short of the total when Billy Sly came on and unfortunately couldn’t get the right line and gave Broadway the 19 runs in a single over as the R’s unbeaten run of 4 games came to an end.
In the same league bottom club Catney 1sts woes continued with another abject batting display at Henley. A familiar story unfolded as Catney performed adequately in the field once again to restrict the hosts to 189-9, with Conway Mace 3wkts and Matt Betts 4 the pick of the bowling. In reply however poor batting once again saw Catney dismissed for a measly 74 with only skipper Haywood once again showing any resilience with 30.