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Tail collapses as Knowle and Dorridge skittle out Barnt Green again

by Nick Pullen

REIGNING champions Knowle and Dorridge increased their lead at the top of the Birmingham League Premier Division to 28 points after they beat Barnt Green for the second time in the space of six days.

Having dumped the Green out of the Cockspur Cup National Clubs Knockout the previous Sunday, Knowle and Dorridge went onto record a comprehensive five wicket win in the league at Cherry Hill.

Gavin Shephard gave the Green a sound foundation by scoring 94 but lacked support as the tail collapsed to the leg spin of Chris Davidson who snapped up figures of six for 48.

Set a target of 218 for victory, Knowle and Dorridge soon took command with a century opening partnership between South African Jacobus Pienaar who plundered 56 while Warwickshire wicketkeeper Richard Johnson rattled off a further 42.

The pair set Knowle and Dorridge on their way to a winning 222 for five.

Moseley move into mid-table with a two wicket win over Wolverhampton.

Fiery Freddie Eburah snapped up six for 51 as Wolves were restricted to 185 all out.

However Moseley still managed to make their now customary poor start with the bat in reply and were quickly reduced to 40 for four.

It was Aadem Din with 38, supported by ageless wicketkeeper Jason Robinson who rattled off 36 not out who squeezed Moseley home on 188 for eight.

Dorridge cantered to an easy seven wicket win over bottom side Halesowen in Division One.

Having removed Halesowen for a modest 147, Dorridge duly lost three quick wickets in reply before Tariq Mohammed and Jonathan Webb set about a recovery with an unbeaten fourth wicket stand.

Tariq thumped 71 not out while Webb made 51 unbeaten, taking Dorridge to 148 for three.

Berkswell are breathing right down the necks of the Division Two leaders after overwhelming Whitchurch by nine wickets.

With Whitchurch removed for a lowly 101 all out, Berkswell's Phil Neale then fired his way to 70 not out by the time his side had reached a winning 103 for one.

Next-to-bottom Olton and West Warwicks remain entrapped in the Division Three relegation stakes after losing out by three wickets to fourth placed Penn.

Gary Hawkins hit 53 while Marc Webb made a further 51 as Olton posted a target of 187 for eight.

It wasn't enough as Penn prised themselves home on 189 for seven thanks mainly to Adam Lawley's 66.



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