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K & D slip to first defeat

KNOWLE & Dorridge will be hoping to bounce back to winning ways after slipping to their first defeat of the season against Himley last weekend.

KNOWLE & Dorridge will be hoping to bounce back to winning ways after slipping to their first defeat of the season against Himley last weekend.

Despite the defeat the Station Road side maintained their position at the top of the Birmingham & District League - some 16 points clear of Kenilworth Wardens.

Himley scored 230 for nine thanks to a splendid 77 from former Worcestershire youngster, Nitesh Patel, before Tim Heap (4 for 66) and Shafiq Ahmed (4 for 52) combined to dismiss the leaders for 219.

Nick James hit 58 for K & D, who were all out with 10 overs remaining.

Moseley dropped from second place to mid-table after a woeful batting performance against the Wardens.

James Jordan took 4 for 25 as Huw Jones’s side were dismissed for 86.

At the other end, Shitansu Kotak took 1 for 10, from 13 overs, to keep a tight rein on the fragile Moseley batting line-up before Eian Manther’s unbeaten 54 earned him the Man of the Match Award, as well as 20 points for the Wardens.

In Division One Dorridge suffered a crushing 101-run defeat to Smethwick who moved up to second place.

Aqsad Ali (83) and Omar Ali (45) boosted the Smethwick total to 238 for seven, with Abdul Hafeez taking 4 for 64 for Dorridge.

However the visitors couldn’t handle Aniket Redkar, who spun his way to 8 for 35 as Dorridge slupmed to 133 all out.

It was nail-biting stuff at Meeting House Lane in a match that saw Berkswell secure a winning draw after a close encounter with Harborne.

Batting first Berkswell owed much to former Warwickshire stalwart, Dominic Ostler, who hit 107 not out in his side’s total of 248 for six but the real drama came in the second innings.

Needing two runs for a much-needed victory, Harborne lost their ninth wicket to Tom Milnes, who finished with 3 for 46. Ostler played his part with the ball, as well, finishing with 4 for 33 but the result was tough on Tom Davies (62), Jon Cockcroft (53) and Rajiv Sen (44) who had put Harborne in a strong position to win the game.

A relieved Ostler said: “They don’t come much closer than that. Without doubt, the final over was a good one for the spectators to watch but Tom held his nerve and put that last ball in exactly the right place to cap an eventful match.

“I’m pleased with the way the whole team stuck to the task especially in the last few overs when it looked as though we had let it slip away from us.”

Newcomers, Milford Hall, continue to impress as they eased past highly-fancied, Olton & W.W. by seven wickets. Gary Hawkins (40) top scored in Olton’s 200 for nine, before Stu Phazey (80) and Paul Hollinshead (63) guided Milford into third place.

Solihull Blossomfield got their Premier Division season back on track in the Warwickshire League with a four-wicket win over Kenilworth.

Rob Edmond top scored during Bloss’ 148-6 before Kenilworth were bowled out for 147.

In Division One Offchurch Lapworth drew with North Warwickshire but Hampton & Solihull were brought back down to earth at Marsh Lane by Oakfield in Division 3.

Captain Mike Palmer (43) Tim Keyte (25 not out) and particularly Ian Cherry (70) helped H&S to 192 for 9 but Oakfield turned the game around to record the win.

Unbeaten Marston Green still top the division after a five-run victory over Griff & Coton. Knowle Village sit in second place despite a three-wicket defeat to Ward End Unity, and Castle Browmich remain in mid-table after they were beaten by seven wickets away at previously winless Bulkington.

Catherine-de-Barnes remain bottom of the John Shepherd Cotswold Hills League Division One despite recording their first win of the season on Saturday.

Catney beat Warwick CC Staff by 39 runs after opening with 189-7.

Rowington suffered a narrow one-wicket defeat at home to Tanworth & Camp Hill.



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