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Knowle and Dorridge not amused as Victoria beat them by seven wickets

KNOWLE and Dorridge's prospects of pulling off a second consecutive Birmingham League Premier title suffered a real setback when they were beaten by seven wickets at Kidderminster Victoria.

KNOWLE and Dorridge's prospects of pulling off a second consecutive Birmingham League Premier title suffered a real setback when they were beaten by seven wickets at Kidderminster Victoria.

The defending champions failed to put a sufficient amount of runs on the board when restricted to 201 for seven.

That was despite former Glamorgan batsman David Hemp hitting 88 while promising Alec Baker offered support with a further 40.

Kiddy made light of that target in reply.

Even the presence of Warwickshire seamer Andy Miller opening the bowling attack failed to halt Kiddy's charge as they raced to 202 for three, Shropshire Minor Counties player James Ralph rattling off 85 while Craig Wood cracked an unbeaten 70 not out.

The result leaves Knowle and Dorridge just 14 points clear of chasing Shrewsbury and Kiddy with only three games to play.

Shrewsbury closed the gap courtesy of an easy six wicket win over Moseley who now find themselves in the thick of a relegation fight.

Moseley could only muster a modest 78 all out as they collapsed with the bat.

Sharkey Hussein did his best to try and repair the damage by taking all four Shrewsbury wickets to fall, but it wasn't anywhere near enough to save Moseley from defeat.

Dorridge dented the promotion hopes of Brockhampton in Division One.

Skipper Abdul Hafeez claimed four wickets as Brockhampton were restricted to 190 for nine.

Dorridge then promptly knocked off the required runs with three wickets to spare as Warwickshire Academy player Jonathan Webb led the charge with 61.

Berkswell continue to press their claims for promotion in Division Two with an emphatic 151 run success over ailing Aston Manor.

Skipper Dominic Ostler, future Warwickshire prodigy Tom Milnes and James Neale all produced half centuries as Berkswell piled on the runs to reach 254 for five.

The Manor were then removed for 103 to leave them hovering perilously close to the drop zone.

Berkswell remain 22 points adrift of joint leaders Evesham and Old Elizabethans - needing one of them to slip up badly in their final three games.

Sutton Coldfield's bottom of the table battle with Olton and West Warwicks in Division Three had to be abandoned with the game delicately poised.

Matt Perkins had made 45 as Sutton took first strike and posted 145 for five.

Olton had reached 91 for seven in response when rain arrived at Rectory Park, with Gary Hawkins still going strong on 55 not out.

Both sides must now win their Bank Holiday Monday matches to remain in the Birmingham League.

Sutton entertain Studley while Olton host Pershore.

 

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