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Dynamic duo to the rescue

LATE heroics from Abdul Hafeez and last man Chris Bennett enabled Dorridge to escape with a draw from their Birmingham League Division One contest with Leamington.

LATE heroics from Abdul Hafeez and last man Chris Bennett enabled Dorridge to escape with a draw from their Birmingham League Division One contest with Leamington.

The pair survived 16 overs to save Dorridge from what looked certain defeat.

Having put Leamington into bat, the pitch proved almost unplayable as Dorridge bowlers David Ball and Kasir Shah exploited conditions to the full.

At one stage, Leamington were on the verge of collapse at 16 for five before the arrival of skipper Rob Williams signalled a recovery.

When Williams was joined by former Warwickshire skipper Neil Smith, the batsmen adopted a more aggressive approach that paid off.

Williams went for 36 while Smith struck 53 as Leamington reached 208 for nine.

Smith showed he’d lost none of his bowling skills by claiming four for 33 as Dorridge were reduced to 114 for nine and staring defeat in the face.

But Hafeez and Bennett survived everything to close on 139 for nine, Hafeez 62 not out.

In Division Three Olton and West Warwicks overcame poor bowling to secure a draw at high flying Fordhouses.

The result reinforces Olton’s determination to avoid the drop this season.

Hampton and Solihull continued their fine run of form with a sixth win in a row away at struggling Griff and Coton in the Warwickshire League Division 3.

Ian Cherry (53) and Sarmad Ahmed (55) battled hard to help H&S to 193 for eight.

Griff and Coton’s first four wickets all fell with the score on seven, as captain Mike Palmer ripped through the Griff top order.

Things went from bad to worse for Griff as spin twins Harold Turner and James Harris joined the party, reducing the hosts to 40 for 7. Tim Keyte completed the job to bowl Griff out for just 69.

For the third time in a row Rowington lost another close encounter in the Cotswold Hills Division One, this time to Sloane.

The R’s were put into bat and despite a poor start managed 211 for seven off their 45 overs, Simon Cross top scoring with 75 not out.

In reply, despite the best efforts of the excellent Billy Sly - who picked up five for 29 - Sloan wrapped the game up in the final over with just one ball to spare.

 

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