DORRIDGE CC have made a good start to their campaign in the First Division of the Birmingham & District Premier Cricket League.
Having established themselves at this level over the past three seasons, the club are making a concerted effort to take the final step, in what is a very competitive division.
The season started in dramatic fashion. With Dorridge having posted 219-6, visitors Bromsgrove were comfortably placed on 162-5 going into the final five overs. Just 13 balls later, Dorridge had claimed victory as Dave Ball (7-29) cleaned up the tail. A disappointing draw at Shifnal was followed by a narrow defeat against leaders Berkswell, where Dorridge’s total of 223 (Tariq Mohammed 75) was passed with seven balls and two wickets to spare.
Brockhampton were the next visitors to Broadacre, and were sent packing after a comprehensive defeat. The visitors could only muster 180 (Waqar Mohamed 5-20) and Dave Ball’s unbeaten 104 saw Dorridge home for a seven-wicket win.
After an abandoned game at Old Hill, Dorridge completed their first month of the season with another solid performance against a young Evesham side. Kasir Shah’s 55 was the cornerstone of a 238 total, and Dave Ball’s 4-32 led the hosts to an 80-run win, which leaves them fourth-placed after six games.
In Cup competitions, Dorridge have also made quite an impression. Having beaten Moseley in the preliminary round, Dorridge took on two more Premier Division teams on First Round day at Leamington CC last Sunday (5 June). A powerful performance saw off the hosts in the semi-final, Dorridge posting 161 (Valeed Butt 51) and restricting Leamington to 141, which took them to a local derby showdown with Knowle & Dorridge. Their Premier Division rivals had seen off the challenge of Dorridge in the Birmingham League T20 only a few days earlier, but this was to be a much closer affair. K&D struggled to reach just 111 in their 20 overs, with Tariq Mohammed claiming four victims, but the Dorridge reply proved equally difficult, and at 70-7 with five overs left, K&D were favourites.
However, an inspired innings from Kasir Shah (48) took them to within touching distance, needing 10 from the last eight balls.
Two more wickets and the balance had swung again, but three successive boundaries from Shah in the last over took Dorridge home to a famous win over their local rivals and propelled them into the Area Finals on June 26.