JACOBUS Pienaar proved to be the match winner for a second successive week as Knowle & Dorridge beat local rivals Moseley to continue their Birmingham & District Premier League title charge.
K&D’s nearby neighbours had threatened to derail their charge as Fred Eburah (4-48) and Usman Awan (4-34) bowled well to help dismiss the Station Road side for 186 on their own patch.
But Pienaar (4-25) proved to be the match winner as his bowling saw Moseley crumble to 147.
The win leaves K&D 15 points clear of second-placed Himley, while Huw Jones’ Moseley are just eight points above the drop zone.
Berkswell’s dismal form continued as they slipped to their third consecutive defeat in the First Division.
Shropshire side Wellington beat the Meeting House Lane side, who have not won since the opening day of the season, by seven wickets.
Khizar Zaman (26) and Kier Threlkeld (19) top scored as Berkswell were bowled out for 120.
In reply, the visitors made a shaky start losing both openers, Harding (1) and Lamb (9), by the seventh over but a partnership of 94 between Kadeer Ali (57) and Sean Clingeleffer (41 not out) sealed their victory.
Disappointed Berkswell captain Dominic Ostler said: “Yet again our batting left a lot to be desired and our bowlers had nothing to bowl at.
“A couple of wins is all we need to boost our confidence and get us away from the danger zone.” Elsewhere in the same league Dorridge defeated bottom club Attock by 105 runs.
Attock were routed for 114, in response to the home side’s 219 for eight. Richard Hall scored 47, for Dorridge, and David Ball returned the impressive figures of five for 33, as Attock slipped to yet another defeat that leaves them anchored to the foot of the table.
In the Third Division Olton & WW beat leaders Bridgnorth at Grange Road to close the gap at the top of the table.
On his return to the first team Sunil Vyakaranam found a pitch to his liking and took three of the first four wickets to reduce Bridgnorth to 45-4.
Jamie Hawkins and Babar Khan grabbed another one each and Bridgnorth were struggling at 65-6. James Neale wrapped up the tail with another three wickets as Bridgnorth were all out for 147.
In reply, Brad Davis hit 63 runs to compliment an unbeaten 47 from Marc Webb and steer Olton to a comfortable six-wicket win.
Meanwhile, Olton 2nds beat Wellington by 49 runs, the 3rds saw off strugglers Sutton Coldfield by eight wickets and the 4ths defeated Solihull Blossomfield by five wickets in the West Midlands league.
In the Warwickshire League Solihull Blossomfield moved to the top of the Premier League after a five-wicket win over Bablake OB.
Hampton & Solihull lost to Division Three leaders Marston Green by five wickets despite starting well.
In a match reduced to 43 overs per side due to overnight rain, H&S got off to a good start with the bat.
Skipper Mike Palmer (62) and Mark James (37) added 98 for the second wicket but wickets fell steadily in the search for runs and H&S posted 167 for 8 with Harfez taking 4-41.
Marston Green’s response was kick-started by Arveez (39) but with Harold Turner teasing and testing with his 3-19 from 12 overs, H&S were very much in the hunt at drinks. However, Froggatt (43 not out) and Tune (54 not out) turned the game the way of the visitors with a couple of missed chances not helping the H&S cause.
Catherine-de-Barnes swapped places with bottom club Norton Lindsey after losing to them by 106 runs in Division One of the John Shepherd Cotswold Hills League.
Carl Lewis was the only bright spark in an otherwise dull Catney side as he bowled well and struck a quick-fire 52 with the bat, but it wasn’t enough as the hosts were dismissed for 116 in reply to Norton Lindsey’s 222-6.
Catney 2nds beat Winchcombe by 30 runs to rack up their third successive win. Mat Partington (63) lead the way with the bat but it was Mat Dixon (3-39), Adam Prince (4-44) and Eddie Hewitt (3-23) who impressed as Catney bowled out their opponents for 166.
Rowington continued their recent fine run with a six-wicket win over Ashton-Under-Hill that moved them up to fourth place.