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KNOWLE and Dorridge head the Birmingham and District Premier League following their second win in row.

KNOWLE and Dorridge head the Birmingham and District Premier League following their second win in row.

Better still for Knowle & Dorridge is that they lead the Birmingham & District Premier League after a second consecutive win.

In-form David Smith hit 51 as the title favourites eased to a comfortable eight-wicket victory over last year’s early pace-setters Wolverhampton.

The hosts slumped to 146 all out despite a battling 67 from wicket-keeper Chris Brook and an unbeaten 52 from Luke Parker.

Moseley suffered a losing draw at Bromsgrove as Nick Husbands took 6-54 for the hosts.

Captain Huw Jones led by example with 71 as Moseley recorded 197-8 and despite Freddie Eburah taking 6-53 the home side hit 238-9.

In Division One Dorridge soon overcame the disappointment of last week’s narrow defeat at Berkswell as they overwhelmed a Harborne side which was ultimately swept aside by an aggressive batting performance.

The six-wicket win was helped by David Ball (2-31) and Waqar Mohamed (2-60) who helped restrict Harborne to 214-7.

A good team performance with Ian Stevenson and Kasir Shah both outstanding in the field had given the Dorridge batsmen a fair target and although they started a little hesitantly their confidence clearly grew and runs began to flow.

With 53 runs on the board Ian Stevenson was caught by for 20 and Abdullah joined Richard Hall for a whirlwind stand which yielded 64 runs in 11 overs before the energetic Abdullah was well caught by Culbard for 35. David Ball joined Hall and soon demonstrated his undoubted skill with glorious on-drives to the boundary and a majestic six over the bowler’s head. They reached 150 by the 34th over but three overs later Hall was unluckily caught by Culbard off the bowling of Iyer (2-37) for an enterprising 64 with the score on 168.

Warwickshire pace bowler Jimmy Anyon joined Ball in the unlikely role of strike batsman but was eclipsed as Ball maintained the tempo reaching his half-century in the 39th over and carrying his bat to 73 not out when three overs later Dorridge reached the winning total of 215-3.

Berkswell couldn’t repeat last week’s performance though as they were beaten by four wickets at Harborne despite hitting an impressive 300-6.

In Division Three Olton travelled to Aston Unity full of optimism after last weekend’s win over Coleshill, won the toss and batted first.

 

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