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Last day disaster as Knowle and Dorridge let title slip

KNOWLE and Dorridge were forced to surrender their grip on the Birmingham League title following a dramatic final day's action.

KNOWLE and Dorridge were forced to surrender their grip on the Birmingham League title following a dramatic final day's action.

Shrewsbury's 37 run success over Kidderminster Victoria meant Knowle and Dorridge's match with Wellington became irrelevent as far as the title was concerned.

Rain had delayed the game at Wellington until well into the afternoon so news filtered through of Shrewsbury's success while the game was still in progress.

Knowle and Dorridge had reached 123 for nine of a reduced 30 overs.

Wellington then responded on 118 for four.

It meant Shrewsbury took the title on 310 points with Knowle and Dorridge runners-up a further 15 points adrift.

Moseley maintained their Premier status even though their gmate at smethwick was cut short.

Chasing a target of 192, Moseley had made 59 for one in reply before rain brought play to a halt.

Dorridge were already assured of Division One status next season but that didn't stop them from denting Bromsgrove's promotion hopes.

Jayden Levitt struck 85 not out as Bromsgrove reached 156 for six but dorridge responded with a winning 160 for five.

Berks well will join Dorridge in Division One next term after they clinched promotion with a stunning 154 run success over water Orton.

But the men from Meeting House Lane must thank already relegated Telford side St Georges who pulled off a huge shock by frocing a draw with second placed Old Elizabethans - a result which allowed Berkswell to overtake them.

Phil Neale struck 104 not out while skipper Dominic Ostler smashed 101 from just 53 balls as Berkswell piled on the runs to reach 265 for four.

Warwickshire prospect tom Milnes then picked up four for 23 while South African Wes Hartslief claimed three for 20 as the pair put the skids under Water Orton's reply, removing them for 109.

Olton and West Warwicks were relegated back to the Warwickshire League after finishing bottom in Division Three.

Olton were boled out for 154 by rivals Brewood, robbie Byrne bagging five for 44 .

Bruce thomason then struck 88 as Brewood reached 155 for six and consign Olton to their fate.

 

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