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Three-wicket win keeps up K&D’s premier march

Knowle and Dorridge’s march to the Premier Division title of the Birmingham League continued this week with a three-wicket victory over Kenilworth Wardens.

Knowle and Dorridge’s march to the Premier Division title of the Birmingham League continued this week with a three-wicket victory over Kenilworth Wardens.

Eian Marillier scored an impressive 48 for the Wardens, but it was not enough to prevent Kenilworth from sliding to 112 all out.

Impressing with the ball for K & D, Keith Barker (5 for 32) and Nick James (4 for 18) ripped through the batting line-up.

Knowle were under pressure as they began to bat, as the excellent Dan Vernon picked up 4 for 32. But they managed to hang on and climb to 113-7 with three wickets to spare.

Moseley were on the receiving end of a nine-wicket thumping, after losing to Shrewsbury at the weekend.

Mose were put into bat first and were bundled out for 106, with Wes Robinson taking 4 for 37. Shrewsbury easily raced to their target with Ed Foster (53 not out) and Ryan Bishop (48 not out) doing the damage in little over 14 overs.

In the First Division, a stubborn partnership by Halesowen’s final pair delayed a more substantial and earlier Dorridge victory.

Dorridge batted first and were slow getting the runs on the board, until the impressive David Ball (46) and Jonathan Webb (42) helped the score up to 196.

David Ball and Kasir Shah delivered their best opening performances of the season and within 16 overs had reduced Halesowen to 31-6. But a mini revival saw Halesowen get closer to the 100 mark until two quick wickets left them on 98-9.

Brave tailenders Croft and Ali battled well, and added 68 before Ball capped a fine bowling performance (4-28) dismissing Croft for 21. Dorridge won by 30 runs.

In the same division, Berkswell played Coventry & North Warwicks in a bottom-of-the-table clash. Having won the toss and electing to bat first, Berkswell were soon in trouble at 4 for 2 in only the fourth over.

Yet a third wicket stand of 94 between skipper Dominic Ostler (50) and Sri Lankan Sujith Janaka Vidanage (40) eased the pressure and enabled the visitors to build a respectable total - 230 for 9.

The Cov & NW innings started at a pace with openers Marco Higgins and Michael Balac putting on 51 runs in the first 9 overs.

The run rate began to drop as Anthony McAllister (3-36) and Kier Threlkeld (3-35) starting taking the middle order wickets, and at 201 for 9, Cov & NW decided to shut up shop and play out the final overs to avoid a defeat. The result was a winning draw for Berkswell.

In Division Three, Olton & WW (197 all out) fell to a disappointing eight wicket defeat to second placed Whitchurch (198-2), denting their title hopes significantly.

In the Warwickshire League Premier Division, Solihull Blossomfield (145 all out) lost to Warwick (201 all out) by 56 runs.

In Division Three, Hampton & Solihull secured their league status with an emphatic victory over Bulkington at Marsh Lane.

Bulkington were looking steady until they lost their last five wickets for just 19 runs. The H&S reply was brutal with the top three all making half centuries as the home side reached their target in just the 36th over.

In the John Shepherd Cotwolds Hills League, a patched-up Rowington team elected to bowl first and restricted local rivals Catherine de Barnes to 159 -9.

In reply, Rowington captain Scott Rogers impressed with the bat as his 92 not out led his team to victory and an important 21 points.



Cathrina Hulse
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