KNOWLE and Dorridge face the real threat of having the Birmingham League title snatched from their grasp this Saturday.
The Station Road side suffered the wrong end of a drawn contest with Himley, which has now opened the door for either Kidderminster Victoria or Shrewsbury to steal in above them.
The irony is that Kidderminster play hosts to Shrewsbury in their final game, which is seen by many as a title shoot-out.
At the same time, Knowle and Dorridge travel to Wellington where they must win to stand any chance of retaining the title they won for the first time last season.
Skipper Jamie Spires confirmed: “We know what we’ve got to do but the odds are stacked against us.
“Both Shrewsbury and Kidderminster have gone above us in the table and it’s their’s to lose now”.
Spires offered no excuses for the result against Himley who reached 254 for nine and then had Knowle and Dorridge hanging on at close on 202 for nine.
Unhappy Spires claimed: “Our batting, bowling and fielding lacked discipline at times.
“Everyone got a start with the bat, but nobody went onto score a big total while we never really got to grips with the bowling and gave away far too many extras.
“The break in the weather really cost us because we’ve looked rusty ever since”.
Knowle and Dorridge will be missing overseas player Jacobus Pienaar who has now returned to South Africa while former Glamorgan batsman David Hemp is on duty for Bermuda.
They also expect to be without wicketkeeper Richard Johnson who should be on duty for Warwickshire in their Clydesdale 40 semi final against Yorkshire.
However another Bears player Andy Miller has been made available while while one-time batting prodigy Sam Reddish makes a surprise return having recently featured for the Second XI after taking time out to travel.