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K&D edge closer to title after three wicket win

The title is well and truly in sight for Knowle and Dorridge following their three wicket victory over Himley at the weekend.

The title is well and truly in sight for Knowle and Dorridge following their three wicket victory over Himley at the weekend.

The leaders of the Birmingham & District League (Premier Division) have now opened up an impressive 48 point lead over closest rivals Wolverhampton.

Nick James was man of the match for K&D as he took 4 for 30 with the ball as Himley scraped to 140 all out. James then went on to make an equally powerful 42 with the bat as he and Attiq Chishti (47) helped their team to 141 for 7.

Much improved Moseley clinched a 16 run success over Wardens, thanks to four wickets apiece for Fred Eburah and Ashfak Hussein.

Scottish Calum MacLeod (56) and Aussie, Pete Magafas (50 not out), saw Moseley to 219 for four, before Wardens replied with 203 all out.

In the First Division, Dorridge showed great spirit and commitment in achieving a draw after Smethwick sped to an almost unassailable position in the first half of the innings.

Worcestershire star Moeen Ali and Faisal Shahid helped to quickly get runs on the board for Smethwick, and despite persistence from the Dorridge bowlers, Smethwick reached 304-8 to set a daunting target.

In reply, although early Dorridge wickets fell, the middle order did well build up a score - and in the end grab some vital bonus points for a draw (244-8).

In the same division, Berkswell’s season of woe continued with a narrow two wicket defeat at fellow stragglers Harborne.

Having won the toss and electing to bat first, the visitors were soon in trouble as the home side’s opening bowlers reduced them to 9-4 by only the fifth over.

Thankfully skipper Dominic Ostler and young Warwickshire player Philip Neale weathered the assault and gradually put together a steadying partnership, before the middle order and tail managed to get up to 110.

Khizer Zaman and last man Sultan Khan made an excellent last pairing stand as they chalked up 61 runs leaving their side on 171 all out.

David Brignull was impressive with the ball (4-41) and he took three wickets in one over to gives Berkswell a chance of a long awaited victory. It wasn’t to be however as Sen (67 not out) and skipper Darren Culbard (23 not out) steered Harborne home to leave Berkswell in the relegation zone.

In Division Three, third placed Olton and WW were held to a disappointing winning draw by relegation haunted Milford Hall. Restricted to 145 all out, Olton were held up by Guy Bulpitt (5 for 24), but Babar Khan took 4 for 29 to increase the pressure on Milford, who finished on 134 for eight.

In the Warwickshire League Premier Division Solihull Blossomfield (133 all out) lost by four wickets to Kenilworth (136-6).



Cathrina Hulse
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