LOOKING to build on last weekend’s encouraging performance against Aston Unity, Knowle Village travelled the short distance to Solihull Municipal who themselves had a strong start to the season.
Knowle won the toss and elected to bowl. Knowle struck early as Michael Dinneny accounted for Mike Rowley (8) and James Flynn removed Jamie Bissett (4), leaving the hosts at 23-2. As rain began to sweep over the ground, an early tea was taken with Municipal now 120-2 off 22 overs.
After the rain break, Alex Roslyn (45) was brilliantly bowled by Charlie Rowe (2-66) but despite losing his partner this did not distract John Stanley who maintained his onslaught on the Knowle attack as he reached his hundred. Municipal declared on 267-8 off 45.4 overs.
Because of the weather, Knowles innings were reduced to 39 overs which meant 228 was required to achieve the winning draw. Alex Roslyn (2-44) soon got the breakthrough Muni craved and this sparked a mini collapse as Knowle were left at 34-4. Dunne passed 50 and Khumalo fell for 19 but with now only five overs to go the job of escaping with a losing draw was within sight for Knowle. In the final over not only did Knowle pass 150 to gain a batting point but Sean Dunne ended on 102 not out.
Knowle despite only taking a losing draw from today’s proceedings still remained unbeaten in their quest for promotion.