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Howzat! last ball stumping

KNOWLE and Dorridge snatched a draw from the jaws of an unlikely defeat to bottom side Walsall and still managed to strengthen their position on top of the Birmingham League Premier Division this week.

KNOWLE and Dorridge snatched a draw from the jaws of an unlikely defeat to bottom side Walsall and still managed to strengthen their position on top of the Birmingham League Premier Division this week.

The Station Road side failed to put enough runs on the board when batting first and presented struggling Walsall with a modest target of 216 to chase down in reply.

With plenty of wickets in hand, Walsall were well placed to achieve their objective, especially with New Zealand batsman Brad Wilson breezing his way past the century mark.

The game all boiled down to the last ball, where Walsall required two runs to win.

Remarkably Wilson completely missed Luke Parker’s delivery and was stumped by wicketkeeper Tom McNeillie.

Relieved K&D skipper Jamie Spires claimed: “I don’t know what Wilson was trying to do - I just think he got himself caught in two minds”.

However Spires wasn’t too impressed by his own side’s efforts with the bat adding: “Too many of our batsmen got themselves in and then got out playing unnecessary rash shots. We didn’t take ownership of our innings and 216 wasn’t enough on a wicket where 260 is a par score.”

As a result, Knowle and Dorridge have stretched their lead on top of the Premier Division to 46 points after second placed Shrewsbury lost to Kenilworth Wardens. They will look to increase that advantage further when they make the short trip to local rivals Moseley this weekend.

 

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