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Still top of Premier League

KNOWLE and Dorridge remain top of the Birmingham and District Premier League, after two away winning draws over the Bank Holiday period.

KNOWLE and Dorridge remain top of the Birmingham and District Premier League, after two away winning draws over the Bank Holiday period.

An unbeaten 60 from young wicket-keeper Tom McNeillie helped K and D to 213 for eight, against Kidderminster Victoria on Monday.

But the home side prevented their opponents from earning a fourth win in five games by holding out on 192 for eight.

Shropshire skipper James Ralph scored 73, but Will Mottram’s 5 for 48 was enough to put the brakes on.

On Saturday former Warwickshire all-rounder Nick James (43) top scored in the league leaders’ total of 223 all out with Bromsgrove skipper, Mark Evenson, picking up 5 for 41.

His side finished up 40 runs short, with seven wickets down, despite 74 from man of the match Jayden Levitt.

Moseley moved up to second after two wins in three days including a maximum-points home win over champions Walsall.

Chasing Moseley’s 161 for eight, Walsall crashed to 97 all out, with Fred Eburah (4 for 15) and Ashfak Hussein (4 for 35) the main destroyers.

Walsall’s Mo Sheikh (4 for 43) also finished with four wickets including a hat-trick, but Moseley’s Keith Bell took the man of the match award with 75.

Two days earlier Barnt Green’s batting woes continued as they slumped to 70 all out in pursuit of Moseley’s 96 all out.

Moseley’s Scottish International Calum MacLeod finished with 4 for 32, with assistance from Fred Eburah and Ashfak Hussein, who shared the remaining six wickets.

Dorridge enjoyed a successful Bank Holiday weekend scooping a win and a winning draw in Division One.

Abdul Hafeez (61) and Abdullah (57) helped Dorridge hit 226-8 before the latter claimed four lbw victims in his first eight overs as Coventry NW were dismissed for 171.

Two days earlier David Ball (53) top scored for the Grange Road side against Shifnal before they were dismissed for 193.

The visitors held firm to finish on 154-9 and receive a share of the spoils.

Elsewhere in the division it was a weekend that went from bad to worse for Berkswell after they suffered a three-wicket defeat at Stratford-upon-Avon on Saturday and a 120-run loss at West Bromwich Dartmouth on Monday.

Olton and W.W. suffered their second defeat of the weekend, slipping to a 66-run loss to Studley who registered their second success in three days.

Lichfield had defeated the Grange Road side on Saturday but it was Mark Lewis (56) and Jawaad Nazir (42) who were the chief contributors to Studley’s 184 for eight, with Babar Khan taking 4 for 30, for Olton. Apart from Brad Davis (42) the much-vaunted Olton batting was unable to fathom the attack of Brandon Miller (5 for 31) and Lewis (4 for 24) who combined to dismiss the Solihull side for 118.

In the Warwickshire League Premier Division Solihull Blossomfield suffered back-to back defeats against Fillongley and Kings Heath.

A poor batting performance at home to Fillongley saw them bowled out for just 71 with the visitors winning by five wickets.

The Wardens side didn’t fare much better against South Birmingham side Kings Heath who restricted them to 182-9 before reaching their total with six wickets to spare.

Hampton and Solihull made it three wins out of three against Castle Bromwich and gained their first win of the Warwickshire League 3 season. Mike Palmer put the hosts in first and they toiled against some tight bowling from Mark James (2 – 33) and Palmer (1 – 24). It wasn’t until the last 25 overs with the score on 57 for 4 that they began to open up. However, spin kings Tim Keyte (2 – 44) and Jim Harris (3 – 40) restricted Castle Bromwich to 152 for 9 from their 50 overs.

H and S’s gritty response was in stark contrast to the last few games and Mike Palmer and Ansaf Azhar made good contributions. Mark James (37), Steve Juckes (35 not out) saw H and S home for the loss of six wickets for a much needed win and 20 points.

In the John Shepherd Cotswold Hills League Rowington recorded their first win of the season in Division One with a 13-run victory over Norton Lindsey.

Scott Rogers hit 113 and Billy Sly added a further 25 as Rowington reached 244-7.

Eike Gilbert was the pick of the bowlers for the hosts as they restricted Norton Lindsey to 231-9.

In the same division Catherine-de-Barnes remain rooted to the foot of the table after a 62-run defeat at home to Broadway.

The visitors hit 214-9 but Catney crumbled in reply as they were dismissed for 152.



Cathrina Hulse
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