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Pienaar leads the charge as Knowle and Dorridge battle Himley

DEFENDING champions Knowle and Dorridge held their nerve to secure a two wicket win over Himley in the Birmingham League Premier Division.

DEFENDING champions Knowle and Dorridge held their nerve to secure a two wicket win over Himley in the Birmingham League Premier Division.

But the Station Road side still remain one point off top spot as Barnt Green have taken a precarious lead.

Himley were restricted to 200 for nine and Knowle and Dorridge made hard work of surpassing that total before reaching 201 for eight with just 10 balls to spare.

South African Jacobus Pienaar hit top score of 44.

Another Springbok, Greg Ricketts destroyed Moseley's batting line up by taking seven for 43 as Walmley recorded an easy six wicket win.

Walmley were left chasing a modest Moseley total of 136 all out, Mo Usman's 65 not out making sure there was no batting collapse on this occasion.

Dorridge pulled off a surprise result in Division One when beating top of the table West Bromwich Dartmouth by three wickets.

Dave Ball bagged four for 29 as Dartmouth were dismissed for just 135.

It could have been much worse when Dartmouth were reduced to 89 for nine before last pair Tharindu Perera and Paul Swainson staged a recovery.

Dorridge didn't have matters all their own way in reply and at one stage were 81 for six but Abdul Hafeez hit 40 to make sure Dorridge made it home on 136 for seven.

Warwickshire prospect Tom Milnes plundered 90 and South African Wessel Hartslief struck 63 as Berkswell piled on the runs against Ombersley in their Division Two contest.

Berkswell reached an imposing 285 for seven and despite the efforts of former Worcestershire player Duncan Catterall, Ombersley were blown away by Hartslief in reply who helped himself to six wickets, Ombersley being removed for 135.

Unlikely Olton hit the highest Birmingham League score when they rattled up a remarkable 367 for seven against Shropshire side Owestry in Division Three.

The total was all the more remarkable as Olton started the day in bottom spot.

That position counted for nothing as Mark Webb walloped 117 while Gareth Simpson struck a further 102 as together they took the Oswestry bowling attack apart.

Sri Lankan Sunil Vyakaranam then snapped up bowling figures of six for 70 as Oswestry were removed for 199 all out - giving Olton a massive winning margin of 170 runs.

 

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