KNOWLE and Dorridge held their nerve to snatch an enthralling two wicket win over bottom side Smethwick in the Birmingham League Premier Division.
Reigning champions Knowle and Dorridge were without several key players and struggled with the ball as Smethwick compiled an imposing target of 248 for four, much of that total being built around Faisel Shahid who struck 123.
The champions took up the chase in reply with top order batsmen Attig Chisti scoring 65, Luke Parker with 55 and David Smith who smacked a further 48 putting Knowle and Dorridge in sight of victory which was finally secured with two balls to spare.
Skipper Jamie Spires confirmed: “It was touch and go at one stage. We still required 30 runs from the last four overs, but the young lads who came into the side did us proud”.
Spires was missing impressive Warwickshire 17-year-old Tom Payne and Minor Counties player David Myers.
Spires is also resigned to being without wicketkeeper Richard Johnson, who has been called into Warwickshire’s side for the out-of-form Tim Ambrose.
Spires claimed: “At the start of the season, I thought both Richard and Andy Miller would be fringe players at Warwickshire, but it looks as though we could be without them for some time.
“Also our South African overseas players Jacobus Pienaar has yet to arrive while former Glamorgan batsman David Hemp isn’t available until late July”.
The champions have called up youngsters Tom McNellie, Chris Kenny and Matt Proudman to visit Kenilworth Wardens on Saturday.
Knowle and Dorridge then entertain Banbury on Sunday in the next stage of the National Clubs Knockout.