TITLE favourites Knowle & Dorridge stole a march on their rivals with the only win recorded in the Birmingham Premier Division last weekend.
Adverse weather conditions disrupted play across the Midlands, but Knowle & Dorridge battled through to a tight victory.
Winning the toss, against Barnt Green, in a match reduced to 51 overs apiece, K & D took full advantage of helpful bowling conditions, aided by two interruptions to the visitors innings.
The first break saw the match reduced to a 77-over contest, then six more overs were lost before Will Mottram (5 for 38) and Ben Coley (4 for 31) proved too much for Barnt Green, who collapsed to 74 all out.
Apart from Gavin Shephard, who was the last man out for a masterly 54, the visiting line up proved to be unable to cope with the opening pair.
In reply batting was never easy particularly against the wily former Warwickshire all-rounder, Dougie Brown, who finished with figures of 3 for 14, from 16 overs.
At 43 for five, a close finish was in prospect but 16 runs from Chris Kenny backed up David Smith’s unbeaten 27 which effectively won the game for K&D.
The match between Moseley and Walmley was also affected by the rain. Walmley scored 166 for eight, in 55 overs, before Moseley replied with 122 for six, in 38 overs, to earn a winning draw.
In a rain affected match reduced to 50 overs a side in the First Division, Berkswell maintained their fourth place position after gaining a winning draw over Attock.
Berkswell limited their hosts to 202-8 before reaching their target of 110 for the winning draw.
A fine opening partnership of 97 between Phil Neale (48) and Mohammed Akhlaq (46) put the target well within the home side’s reach and it was left to Shaaiq Choudhry (17 not out) and skipper Dominic Ostler (0 not out) to pass the target and push the score on to 124 for 2 at the end of the innings.
Elsewhere in the division Dorridge were beaten at home to Stratford by six wickets.
David Ball reached yet another half-century (54 not out) and in-form Kasir Shah (23 not out) battled valiantly but the total of 135-4 was not quite enough against the table toppers.
In the Third Division Olton beat newcomers Eastnor at Grange Road to move to the top of the league.
James Neale (95 not out) and Brad Davis (50 not out) lead the hosts to a nine-wicket win with 11 overs to spare.