KNOWLE and Dorridge clinched their first ever Premier Division title in the Birmingham League on Saturday with a game to spare.
Their 55-run victory over local rivals Moseley also left their neighbours in the relegation battle with just one game to go.
In a game where Nick Warren’s 38, in Knowle & Dorridge’s total of 169, was the highest individual score, the bowlers stood out.
Moseley’s Ashfak Hussein took 4 for 41, and K & D’s Chris Davidson picked up an impressive 4 for 12, as the home side crashed to 114 all out.
K&D’s Nick James hit 37 and Attiq Chishti added 32, while Keith Bell top scored for Moseley with 31.
The victory has left Moseley needing three points from their match at runners-up Wolverhampton, next week, to be certain of avoiding relegation.
With contrasting fortunes in Division One of the Birmingham League, Berkswell lost to Wellington - a result that sees the side relegated.
Mickey Davidson’s unbeaten 47 saw Wellington to 166 all out, but it was Mark Downes, with 8 for 27, who was the star man, sending the visitors packing for 59 and back to Division Two.
Elsewhere in the division, Dorridge remained in the promotion pack with a 104 run victory over Attock.
Put into bat first, Dorridge built up their score steadily, with tall off-spinner Muhammad Qamar Khan the only bowler to cause them real problems.
In the 49th over, Dorridge reached 150 and Khan’s long successful spell (3-36 in 17 overs) came to an end. The return of the quicker bowlers gave the batsmen the chance to open their shoulders, and led by skipper Abdul Hafeez, 65 runs were added in just six overs. They ended on 215-6.
An ingredient in Dorridge’s improved form this season has been the quality of their fielding and some outstanding examples of this contributed to their eventual superiority in this game.
A brilliant run-out and a number of smart catches helped to dismiss Attock for just 111 runs. Hafeez (3-14) and Mohamed (3-14) achieved the best stats with the ball.
In Division Three, Olton & WW looked on as Bridgnorth were crowned champions of the league as they rolled over Olton by seven wickets.
It left Olton in the relegation mire barely a month after they were strong challengers for promotion.
Olton skipper Marc Webb hit 44 in his side’s 128 all out, with Tom Weaver picking up 4-32 for the newly crowned champions. In reply, an unbeaten 78 from Matt Martin guided Bridgnorth past Olton’s target with seven wickets to spare.
In the Warwickshire League Premier Division, Solihull Blossomfield lost to title chasers Bablake.
Solihull were cruising with the bat, in a bid to reach their opponents’ target of 201-6, but Tom Cowley waded in with 4 for 12 to knock the stuffing out of the home side. Solihull ended up 155 all out, 46 runs behind their target.
As Division Three had come to an end, Hampton and Solihull took part in a friendly match against Alcester & Ragley over the weekend.
H&S were put in on a pitch that offered help for the bowlers early on and continued to react awkwardly, as the batters reached 115-8.
In reply, Alcester & Ragley attacked from the first ball, with aggressive batting seeing them cruise past H&S’s target with 15 overs and six wickets in hand.