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K&D blow chance to play on live TV

Birmingham League champions Knowle and Dorridge blew their chance of playing live on Sky TV later this month, after losing to Cuckney in the Midland Final of the Cockspur Club Twenty20.

Birmingham League champions Knowle and Dorridge blew their chance of playing live on Sky TV later this month, after losing to Cuckney in the Midland Final of the Cockspur Club Twenty20.

Playing at Station Road, K&D were strong favourites thanks to their impressive season, and initially the signs looked good, when Nottinghamshire Premier side Cuckney, found runs hard to come by.

Accurate bowling by Will Mottram (two for 17) and Nick Warren (two for 19) helped restrict Cuckney to 49-4 halfway through their innings. But they cut loose following the arrival of Fran O’ Neil, who fired an unbeaten 61, to reach a more imposing total of 149-7.

K&D reached 68-4 by the halfway stage before their innings was destroyed by Dan Brown. Knowle and Dorridge dramatically collapsed to 82 all out as Brown blitzed them with five for 11 off just 21 balls.

Things got no better in the league for K&D, because despite winning it by a massive 83 points, they drew their final game to Shrewsbury. The result denied K&D a new Birmingham League record of ten consecutive wins.

Also in the Premier Division of the Birmingham League, Moseley had an excellent result against runners-up in the league Wolverhampton, meaning Moseley avoided relegation.

Wolverhampton were dismissed for 99 by Moseley, with Fred Eburah (4 for 41) and Michael Bell (3 for 34) causing havoc with the ball. But the signs were not good for Moseley, as they slipped to 35 for five, in reply, before Bell (31 not out) and Usman Shabir (30) saw their side home by four wickets.

In Division One, Dorridge – who if results went their way could have been promoted – disappointed as they lost themselves to West Bromwich Dartmouth.

Winning the toss Dorridge chose to bat first, but just never recovered from the dire position of 13-3 in the eighth over.

Much energetic bat swinging by the lower orders managed to raise the total to 82, but in the end no-one could deny Warwickshire bowler Ateeq Javid and he finished with excellent figures of 5-20 in 13 overs. In reply Dartmouth quite easily reacher their target, for the loss of only three wickets.

Berkswell came out on top, in their game with Shifnal, but they were unable to clinch a win as they were relegated from the first division.

Dominic Ostler (92), Tom Milnes (41) and Phil Neale (40 not out) saw Berkswell to 283 for eight but Shifnal hung on for a draw on 227 for nine, thanks to Jonathan Mountford (66 not out) and Bruce Thomason (45).

In Division Three, Olton and West Warwick knew that a draw would save them from the drop in their game against Moseley Ashfield.

In a tense game, Olton put Ashfield into bat, hoping they could stay at the crease for the whole of their innings. Ashfield managed 179-9 and then it was down to the Olton batsmen to stay in for the game’s duration.

The tail end just about survived Ashfield’s onslaught and ended up on 164-9 – just enough for a draw and safety in the league.

Olton & WW also won the Warwickshire Sunday League John Whitehouse Trophy for the first time at the weekend, thrashing Harbourne as they bowled them all out for an incredible 20 runs.

Elsewhere, Hampton and Solihull beat local rivals Earlswood by four wickets in a friendly fixture.

 

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