REIGNING champions Knowle and Dorridge face a nervous finish to the season after watching their lead on top of the Birmingham League slip to a slender 10-point margin.
The Station Road side’s seemingly relentless charge towards a second successive title has suddenly faltered following a surprise seven wicket defeat at Kidderminster Victoria last Saturday.
Although Knowle and Dorridge redressed the balance with a two wicket win over Wolverhampton on Bank Holiday Monday, it looks as though this season’s title race is now going right down to the wire.
Knowle and Dorridge have to win their remaining games against Himley and Wellington to make certain of the title and skipper Jamie Spires admitted: “We have to try and settle the nerves a bit now!
“We had a couple of big decisions go against us at Kidderminster, but they level themselves out over a season”.
Former Glamorgan batsman David Hemp hit 88 as Knowle and Dorridge posted a target of 201 for seven - but Kiddy came back following a shaky start, to chase the total down with Minor Counties man James Ralph with 85 and Craig Wood on 70 not out causing the damage.
Monday’s match with Wolves proved a cliffhanger as Knowle and Dorridge scraped home with a ball to spare.
Chasing a Wolves total of 208 for nine, the Station Road side looked well placed after Attiq Chisti struck 53.
But it was unsung hero Alec Baker who saw the league leaders home with an unbeaten 36 not out.
Knowle and Dorridge host Himley on Saturday (12 noon ) when they are likely to be without Warwickshire wicketkeeper Richard Johnson who is on first team duty with the Bears.
But they are hoping to have use of county strike bowler Andy Miller.