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Champions fight hard to clinch well fought win

KNOWLE and Dorridge demonstrated their strength in depth this week as the reigning Birmingham League champions battled back to book a four wicket win over Walsall.

KNOWLE and Dorridge demonstrated their strength in depth this week as the reigning Birmingham League champions battled back to book a four wicket win over Walsall.

They followed up with a similar margin of success over Oxford City on Sunday to advance in the National Clubs Knockout.

Newcomer David Myers was Knowle and Dorridge’s star turn against Walsall. The former Northumberland and Bedfordshire Minor Counties player only joined K&D this season following a chance meeting with skipper Jamie Spires while playing five-a-side football in Birmingham.

Drafted into the side to replace Warwickshire’s man of the moment Andy Miller, Myers responded by holding Knowle and Dorridge’s reply together as they chased a modest Walsall total of 151.

Spires said: “We were 80 for five at one stage but David steadied the innings”.

Myers struck 43 as Knowle and Dorridge reached a winning 152 for six.

Earlier Will Mottram had taken four for 40 while Kings Heath recruit Tom Payne picked up three for 29.

This Saturday Knowle and Dorridge host local rivals Moseley and are at home to Smethwick on Bank Holiday Monday.

Moseley failed to put enough runs on the board and eventually finished up being beaten by three wickets at Himley. It took a skipper’s knock of 76 from Huw Jones to hold Moseley’s batting together as they struggled to cope with Himley bowlers Tim Heap and Stuart Wedge.

Moseley finally mustered 173 all out but.Himley responded by reaching 175 for seven off 47 overs thanks to the efforts of Chris Tranter with 41 and Dan Bassett with 54.

Elsewhere, Dorridge allowed a winning position to slip from their grasp as they lost out by five wickets against Leamington in Birmingham League Division One. Put into bat, Dorridge made 228 for five as a promising innings faltered. Leamington initially struggled for runs in reply until the arrival of Lewis who promptly turned the game around. He set about a wilting Dorridge bowling attack to smash 126 from just 100 balls as Leamington reached a winning 229 for five with 13 overs to spare.

In Division Two, a disappointing display all round saw Berkswell lose by five wickets to Evesham. It was a result that drops the Meeting House Lane side from second to fourth in the table.

Hampton & Solihull continued their unbeaten start to Warwickshire League Division Three by claiming a losing draw at Oakfield. Oakfield hit 295 as they batted first, but H&S could only reach 226 for seven from the allotted overs.

Wythall earned 20 points after overcoming Bablake in Division Six, Kelvin Heath being named man of the match for his economical bowling, superb fielding and positive attitude.

Rowington travelled the short distance to Leamington in the Cotswold League and batting first managed to reach 192 all out. But in reply Leamington hit 193 for six, winning by four wickets.

In Division Five, there was a thriller as Catney beat Alvechurch by a single run. Catney reached 159 - about 30 short of a decent total. But Catney’s bowlers and fielders kept thing tight, and despite the visitors only needing five to win with two wickets and four overs remaining, two late catches gave Catney a win by the slimmest of margins.

 

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