The sun shone brightly on Saturday, as Knowle and Dorridge tightened their grip on the Birmingham and District Premier Cricket League.
K and D edged even closer to the 2009 title, after easily disposing of closest challengers, Kidderminster Victoria.
Playing at home, Knowle took to the field first, and saw Craig Wood make a defiant 69 for the Carpet Men. Kidderminster’s final total of 148 all out though, never appeared likely to challenge the title favourites. And so it proved.
Nick James added a polished 56 not out, to 4 for 34 with the ball, and Richard Johnson chipped in with a fine 46.
It saw K and D cruise to a six wicket win, and a 41 point lead at the top, after second placed Wolverhampton crashed to 56 all out at Walmley.
Also in the Premier Division, Moseley compounded the woes of relegation-threatened Walsall by beating them by 32 runs.
It was President’s Day at Walsall, but the home side disappointed a large crowd with a poor display at the crease.
Moseley slipped to 52 for 4, and their final score of 164 would have been a lot worse, but for 76 from Pete Magafas.
Walsall also found the going tough, sliding to 23 for 3, but while Mo Sheikh (28) was at the wicket, they were in with a shout. However, once he departed, they slipped to 94 for 8. A stand of 31 for the ninth wicket between Paul Wicker (20), and Adam Breakspear (14), held up Moseley’s victory, but Ashfak Hussein (4 for 33) stepped in to take the two final wickets.
Elsewhere, Himley lost to Shrewsbury by five wickets, despite an impressive 73 from Chris Tranter. With only five remaining fixtures, Himley lie comfortably mid-table.
In Division One, Dorridge’s promotion hopes took a blow in an entertaining draw with Coventry, and N.W. Dorridge chose to bat on a dampish wicket and soon lost opener Richard Hall (8) and Ian Stevenson (4).
Skipper Abdul Hafeez and David Ball batted sensibly, before Jonathan Webb’s excellent innings helped Dorridge to a fragile score of 165 all out. Coventry were also slow to register runs, and after an innings that swung both ways, the match ended in a draw, as Cov reached 159-9.
In the same division Berkswell (135 all out) lost to W.B. Dartmouth (182 all out) by 47 runs.
In Division Three, Olton were denied a much-needed victory by the outstanding performance of Brandon Miller for Studley, the bowler picking up 4-50.
Brad Davis made an impressive 90 off just 86 balls, as Olton reached 222-8. Studley’s Miller also impressed with the bat reaching an unbeaten 104, but the game petered out in a draw as Olton could not get the final wicket they needed to win. Studley’s final score was 204-9.
In the Warwickshire League Premier Division, Solihull Blossomfield remain in mid-table, after a narrow one wicket defeat to Kings Heath.
In Division 3 Marston Green (272-6) remain top after a draw with Bulkington (205-8). Knowle Village follow closely behind after they beat Weoley Castle by five runs. Elsewhere Knowle and Dorridge beat local rivals, Hampton and Solihull, by three runs.