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Last ball stumping saves the day for K&D

TABLE toppers Knowle and Dorridge snatched a dramatic draw from the jaws of defeat against Walsall in a thrilling Birmingham League Premier Division contest.

TABLE toppers Knowle and Dorridge snatched a dramatic draw from the jaws of defeat against Walsall in a thrilling Birmingham League Premier Division contest.

Walsall appeared to have victory within their grasp when New Zealand's Brad Wilson was sensationally stumped off the very last ball.

Attiq Chisti scored 42 while David Smith struck a further 40 as the champions posted a target of 216 for nine.

Walsall seemed destined to chase that total down as Wilson with 115 and opening bat Paul Baker who plundered 64, taking their side to within sight of victory.

But following a nail-biting last ball, Walsall fell short on 215 for four.

To make matters worse, Walsall slip to bottom spot as a result of Himley's five wicket win over Moseley.

Once again Adam Taylor impressed with the bat by making 55 but a Moseley total of 160 for seven was never enough as Himley soon reached a winning 161 for five.

Dorridge were left hanging on for the draw after their Division One clash with Leamington.

Fiasel Irfan fired 66 not out while former Warwickshire skipper Neil Smith struck a further 55 as Leamington reached 208 for nine.

Dorridge had to thank Abdul Hafeez who hit an unbeaten 62 not out as Dorridge dropped anchor to close on 139 for nine.

Berkswell suffered a bitter blow towards their promotion hopes in Division Two after suffering a seven wicket defeat by second placed Evesham.

Chris Cheslin claimed four for 27 as Berkswell's normally solid batting line up collapsed to 112 all out.

Cheslin rubbed further salt into the wound by cracking 62 not out as Evesham eased home on 115 for three.

More importantly Evesham have opened up a 32 point gap between themselves and Berkswell.

Olton and West Warwicks underlined the fact they're not going down without a fight in Division Three.

The Grange Road side still remain second from bottom, but continue to close the gap on their relegation rivals with a draw against high-flying Fordhouses.

Olton were set a daunting target of 249 for seven to chase after Rashid Riaz made 76 despite the efforts of Xavier Gabriel who grabbed bowling figures of four for 47.

Then Olton showed their resolve by reaching 186 for seven in reply, despite Jatin Kohli claiming five wickets.

 

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