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Table topping K&D prepare for derby match with easy win

LEAGUE leaders Knowle & Dorridge face local rivals Moseley tomorrow in their first derby match of the season.

LEAGUE leaders Knowle & Dorridge face local rivals Moseley tomorrow in their first derby match of the season.

Last week a scoring blitz from Jacobus Pienaar helped the table toppers defeat Walmley and move clear at the top of the Birmingham & District Cricket League.

Pienaar hit 64 runs off 25 balls to help K&D to 281-8 after former Warwickshire duo Luke Parker (79) and Nick James (44) had got them off to a flying start.

Amongst the mayhem, Hamza Nadeem finished with 3 for 45 but the only bright spot for Walmley was an innings of 52 from Chris Howell, in his side’s 153 all out.

Himley are well placed in third position after they overcame Moseley by six wickets at Streetsbrook Road. Huw Jones (43) and Usman Shabir (40) helped Moseley to 192-8 but youngsters, Nitesh Patel (48) and Michael Hill (41 not out) showed plenty of maturity as they steered Himley to victory.

In the First Division Berkswell and Dorridge both suffered defeats against Smethwick and Old Hill respectively.

Aniket Redkar starred for Smethwick, first taking 5 for 45 and two fine catches as Berkswell were all out for 157.

He then scored 54 as Smethwick crept within three points of leaders Stratford with a two-wicket victory.

Old Hill defeated Dorridge by four wickets at Haden Hill after Faisan Abdullah’s 69 had taken the visitors to 217 for nine.

Second team regular, Daud Islam was Old Hill’s most effective bowler, taking 5 for 20. In reply, Cameron Fox hit 77 as Old Hill maintained the pressure on the two clubs above them.

James Neale (92) and Brad Davis (50) saw Olton & WW to 248-4 against Fordhouses in the Third Division, but Ijaz Yousuf (81), Gaagn Kohli (61) and Scott Richards (61) took the Wolverhampton-based club to a four-wicket win with 11 overs to spare.

Solihull Blossomfield maintained their fine form in the Warwickshire Premier League with an emphatic nine-wicket win over struggling Atherstone Town.

The visitors to the Wardens scored 154-10 but Bloss hit back with 158-1, including an unbeaten 88 from Showell.

In Division Three Marston Green remained top of the table despite a three-wicket defeat at title rivals Weoley Hill.

Knowle Village overcame Oakfield by four wickets to stay in second and Hampton & Solihull claimed a good win away at Bulkington.

The hosts looked impressive early on as Weatherall (72) and Noon (36) put on 64 for the second wicket but Tim Keyte started to work his magic and the wickets began to fall. Spin king Keyte (4-37), Jim Harris (2-48) and Chris Hughes (2-34) restricted the hosts to 178 for 9.

H&S lost regular wickets in their response but contributions from Mike Palmer (47), Mark James (33), Steve Juckes (19) and Ash Azhar (17) kept the scoreboard ticking over and Rich Lucas and Keyte saw H&S home with only three wickets to spare in the 44th over.

In the John Shepherd Cotswold Hills League Division One Rowington beat rivals Catherine-de-Barnes at home.

Destructive Andy Shaw was the pick of the bowlers as Catney were reduced to 190-9.

But it was Alex Smith who hit an unbeaten 68 and Paul Vickerstaff (69) who moved Rowington up to sixth in the league after the four-wicket success.

Elsewhere Catney 2nds recorded their second win in succession with a ten-wicket win over a poor Stratford Bards side. The three pronged Catney bowling attack bowled superbly as the visitors were shot out for just 69.

Mat Dixon with 3-19 led the way and he was well supported by Adam Prince with 3-18, and then Ben Price finally hit his length and bowled superbly to grab 4-15. In reply unbeaten scores from Mat Partington (21) and Neil Hancocks (43) ensured an easy victory and 22 welcome points as they coasted past the target.



Cathrina Hulse
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