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Downpour dashes title hope

KNOWLE and Dorridge skipper Jamie Spires knew the game was up long before their drawn contest with Wellington was concluded last Saturday.

KNOWLE and Dorridge skipper Jamie Spires knew the game was up long before their drawn contest with Wellington was concluded last Saturday.

By that stage, Shrewsbury had already secured a 37 run success over Kidderminster Victoria to clinch the Birmingham League’s Premier title.

Spires insisted: “We knew the title was out of our hands.

“When we arrived at Wellington the pitch was saturated and unfit for play, but Wellington were keen to get the game on.

“We were geared up for a 1pm start, but it smashed it down again at 12.30pm and we didn’t get to start until 3.30pm.

“By that stage, Wellington were keeping us informed about what was happening at Kidderminster.

“It didn’t matter that much because we were down to a 30 overs game by then.

“When we lost the toss, it meant we would have to bowl Wellington out to get the maximum 24 points, which was unlikely to happen in 30 overs.”

Knowle and Dorridge finally posted a target of 123 for nine which was built around Atiq Chishti’s 50 not out.

Wellington reached 118 for four in reply - but by then Spires realised his side couldn’t win the title.

He added: “If you’d told me I would finish first and second during my two years in charge, I’d have snapped your hand off.

“Obviously we’re gutted not to win the title, but the most important thing is that the club is moving in the right direction.

“We’ve got hundreds of good young kids coming through to the point where we will become self-sufficient.”

 

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