REIGNING champions Walsall upset this year’s favourites Knowle & Dorridge with a crushing seven-wicket win in the Birmingham & District Cricket League.
Walsall bowled well to shift K&D for 119 after the Station Road side were invited to bat first.
K&D collapsed from the comfort of 67 for one to 69 for seven, eventually totaling 119, thanks to an unbeaten 35 from Shropshire’s Attiq Chishti.
His County colleague, Andy Gray, was the pick of the Walsall bowlers, finishing with 4 for 41.
At Streetsbrook Road Moseley were beaten by five wickets against Leamington Spa.
Keith Bell hit 93 and Usman Shabir made 44 in Moseley’s 184 all out, but Leamington fought back thanks to 66 from Alex Phillips.
In the First Division it was a case of déjà vu for Berkswell as they let another winning position slip away after a three-run defeat at third placed Old Hill.
Dave Bridnull (4-59) was the pick of the bowlers as Berkswell dismissed Old Hill for 169 and despite new batsman Khizar Zaman’s (87) efforts the visitors fell three runs short in reply.
Disappointed captain Dominic Ostler said the players had let themselves down yet again.
“I don’t know how we keep managing to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory,” he complained.
“The players know they have let themselves down again especially after all the hard work we did to restrict Old Hill to such a low score. We bowled and fielded well and had put ourselves in a position to win but to throw our wickets away like that, in the way we did, is indefensible.”
Dorridge kept up the pressure on the top two as they beat Wellington by 27 runs.
Kasir Shah (56) top scored for Dorridge as they hit 176-7 but it was Abdul Hafeez (5-33) who helped dismiss the away side for 149.
Olton & WW returned to winning ways with a comfortable four-wicket win at Newport in the Third Division.
Newport made 177-9 in their allotted 55 overs with Babar Khan taking three wickets, James Neale and Nathan Myers two each and keeper Liam Gately holding four catches.
Olton chased down the total with confidence and a big fourth wicket stand of 77 between Gary Hawkins and skipper Marc Webb saw Olton home with Hawkins making 73 not out and Webb 35.
In the Warwickshire League Premier Division Solihull Blossomfield maintained their title charge with an eight-wicket win over Pickwick P&M.
Altaf (71), Showell (65) and Khan (46 not out) guided the Wardens side to victory.
In Division Three Hampton & Solihull picked up 17 points in a winning draw over Griff & Coton.
Put in by Griff, H&S started well with Piers Roberts (22) and skipper Mike Palmer putting on 88 for the opening partnership. Rich Lucas (29) and Palmer added 67 for the third wicket and, whilst Palmer’s fine 84 was the backbone of the innings, Steve Juckes (28 not out) and Ian Cherry (39 not out) provided the thrust as they hit 50 from the last five overs to boost the total to a challenging 230 for 4 off 50 overs.
Mike Daniel hit a gritty 75 for Griff but had no support although H&S couldn’t quite bowl out the opposition who finished on 165-8.
Elsewhere in Division One of the John Shepherd Cotswold Hills League Catherine-de-Barnes lost to Bidford-on-Avon by one wicket.
A poor batting performance was followed by an excellent reply in the field with paceman Carl Lewis claiming six wickets although Bidford’s last pair held their nerve to clinch victory.
Rowington distanced themselves from the drop zone with a four-wicket win over local rivals Henley-in-Arden.
Paul Vickerstaff (54) and Alex Smith (93) guided the R’s to success as they hit 298-6.