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K&D clinch thriller against Walsall

Knowle and Dorridge 266 for 8 Walsall 239 for 7

Knowle and Dorridge 266 for 8 Walsall 239 for 7

K&DCC welcomed 2012 league champions, Walsall to Station Road on Saturday.

Walsall won the toss and handed K&DCC captain, Dave Smith the first use of a superb wicket. Bang on start time the heavens opened interrupting play for 46 minutes.

Openers Smith and (Overseas player) Hendricks made solid in-roads against a useful seam partnership before they lost a first wicket with 46 on the board. Smith (45) and Sam Reddish (44) pushed the innings on until Walsall got two quick wickets.

Alec Baker then took control with a gritty 76 that saw twelve 4’s and a partnership of 90 with all rounder Jack Grundy (36).

K&D completed the innings on 266 for 7.

An amended total of 242 from 39 overs was set due to the earlier rain - and the Walsall openers immediately dominated the K&D bowling in the power play reaching 120 for no wicket.

Thyssen (83) and Middleton (66) batted with real flair until Smith made a change to the attack and introduced Warwickshire’s Stef Piolet who stifled the boundaries.

However it was Grundy who took the breakthrough wicket of Middleton (83) leaving Walsall just 91 to win from 19 overs with nine wickets in hand.

Thyssen pushed to 66 when leg-spinner Davidson took the middle stump and celebrated with some style.

The momentum was now with K&DCC with Grundy and Bevan having brilliant second spells and increasingly successful.

A last push from K&D with some excellent leg spin control from Davidson meant the game was set for a close finish with Walsall eventually needing six from the last ball.

An excited crowd saw the Walsall launch the ball high toward the long on boundary, but it was cut off by Bevan and Walsall were left stranded.

Knowle and Dorridge had won a thrilling game by three runs to ignite their 2013 league campaign.

On Saturday K&D welcome Shrewsbury to Station Road - 12 noon start - bar and refreshments open - all are welcome.



Cathrina Hulse
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