SUNSHINE and blue skies are predicted to greet the new cricket season which gets underway tomorrow.
Torrential downpours blighted last season’s fixture list but clubs around the borough are hoping for better weather this time around.
In the Birmingham & District Premier League, Knowle & Dorridge are hoping to push on from last year’s third place to challenge three-time champions Walsall.
Captain Jamie Spires knows his side must start the season stronger than last year as they slipped behind early on.
Huw Jones’ Moseley narrowly escaped relegation last year so the Streetsbrook Road side are looking for a more positive campaign.
First Division new-boys Berkswell join Dorridge in the second tier while Olton & WW will be determined to gain promotion from the Third Division after missing out last year.
In the Warwickshire League Solihull Blossomfield will be hoping to turn the Wardens into a fortress and make a challenge for top spot in the Premier Division.
Offchurch/Lapworth continue to ply their trade in Division One while Castle Bromwich, Knowle & Dorridge, Hampton & Solihull, Knowle Village and Marston Green all battle it out in Division Three.
Elsewhere in the Cotswold Hills League, Premier Division flops Henley-in-Arden and Tanworth-in-Arden join Catherine-de-Barnes in the First Division following their relegation.
Second Division runners-up Rowington also join the trio while Dorridge & Hockley Heath take up their position in the Fourth Division.
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