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Ball keeps Dorridge on top against Smethwick.

Dorridge 198 Smethwick 119

Dorridge 198 Smethwick 119

A top scoring 69 by skipper David Ball put Dorridge on the road to victory aqainst Smethwick last Saturday.

The result continues their perfect start to the season and puts them clear at the top of Birmngham League Division 1 by 15 points.

After losing the early wicket of Johnny Webb for 0 he and Valeed Bhutt (42) steadied the ship, the village side posting a total of 198.

“We lost the toss and were put into bat but luckily we scraped together a good score,” said the Aussie.

In reply Smethwick lost their openers cheaply and were all out for 119 off 42 over, seam bowler Matt MCGilliivray ending with 4 for 25.

“Matt bowled really well and could have got more, the wicket really suited his style, but having said that everyone in the side bowled well.”

Indeed, such is the strength in the Dorridge line up that selection poses some interesting dilemmas.

“We have so many good players it’s hard to give everyone a good go,” said Ball.

“Luckily it’s one of those things where everyone understands it’s for the good of the team, and everyone is contributing.”

Dorridge face third from bottom Barnards Green on Saturday.

““We’ve never played them but they’re going to be a tough side as there are no teams in this league that you could call a walkover.”

Moseley meanwhile were celebrating after recording their first win of the season against the previously undefeated Wellington.

The Streetsbrook Road team, led by skipper Abdul Hafeez, posted 180 and then skittled the visitors out for 150 off 48 overs.

On Saturday they play second top Kenilworth Wardens away.



Cathrina Hulse
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