JUBILANT Jamie Spires described Knowle and Dorridge’s three wicket win over Barnt Green this week as one of his proudest moments in cricket!
The former Warwickshire left arm spinner admitted he was still coming down to earth after guiding his side through to the last 16 of the Cockspur Cup National Clubs Knockout.
Skipper Spires was full of praise for his youthful charges after Knowle and Dorridge were forced to field easily the youngest ever side in their history.
But after keeping Barnt Green in check for much of their innings, the K&D kids suddenly found themselves on the backfoot as Craig Crowe cut loose.
Crowe created some belated carnage with the bat by scoring 97 not out as Barnt Green went from 137 for three off 35 overs to 234 for four - adding almost 100 runs from the final 10 overs.
Spires admitted: “It was a bit mind-blowing for some of the players and they trudged off at the end of the Barnt Green innings with their heads down. I tried to tell them that 240 on our ground wasn’t a big total!”
That said, Knowle and Dorridge made a disastrous start to their reply. They lost 18-year-old opening bat Chris Williamson without a run on the board, trapped lbw by Warwickshire’s Dougie Brown.
Wicketkeeper Tom McNellie went first ball and at 41 for three, Knowle and Dorridge were in trouble.
Attiq Chisti steadied the innings with a well compiled 71. But it was unsung hero Chris Kenny who turned matters around with a match winning 72.
His performance was all the more remarkable as he injured his toe while trying to take a catch off Crowe and had to bat throughout with a runner.
Will Mottram then walloped a whirlwind 35 to follow up a miserly bowling spell of one for 11 off nine overs to despatch Knowle and Dorridge over the finishing line on 235 for seven with five balls to spare.
An ecstatic Spires insisted: “It was one of the best victories I’ve ever been involved with - there was a bit of needle going on between the sides and their supporters so that made the result even sweeter.”