THE Birmingham & District Premier League title was blown wide open last weekend as leaders Knowle & Dorridge were beaten by bottom club Shrewsbury.
The surprise defeat left K&D just six points clear of Wolverhampton who beat Moseley by 122 runs at Streetsbrook Road.
Traditionally stronger in the second half of the season, Shrewsbury benefited from the presence of Tom Allin who returned from university to take 4 - 28 as K&D were dismissed for 148 in response to the home side’s 183-8.
Nick James scored 53 for the leaders but the best batting of the day came from Shrewsbury’s Rob Foster, who contributed 70 to his side’s total.
Allin’s four-wicket haul was matched by the club’s overseas player, Wes Robinson, who finished with 4-35, as the first half of the season drew to a close.
Moseley slumped to a confidence-sapping defeat against Wolverhampton leaving them equal on points with basement boys Shrewsbury.
Mike Smith (66), Sairaj Bahatule (64) and David Wheeldon (56) were the chief contributors in Wolves’ declared total of 241-4.
Moseley’s innings was reduced to 48 overs, due to a rain interruption but Keith Bell (41) was the only batsman to feature, as they crashed to 119 all out.
New Worcestershire recruit, Chris Russell took 6-33, to end the Moseley resistance, including a hat-trick to dismiss the last three batsmen.
In the First Division Dorridge kept up their hunt for promotion with a seven-wicket victory over West Bromwich Dartmouth.
David Ball took 4-43, Abdul Hafeez picked up 3-13 and Kasir Shah finished with 3-15 as W.B Dartmouth were dismissed for 135.
Berkswell slipped closer to the relegation zone with a 67-run defeat away at Shifnal.
A third wicket partnership of 105 between Tony Parton (46) and Anthony Parker (70) helped the hosts to 221-9. In reply Berkswell crumbled to 154 with Shaaiq Choudhry (36) top scoring.
Elsewhere in the Third Division Olton gained an emphatic win over Moseley Ashfield largely thanks to Dan Neale’s 6-23, which included eight maidens in just 14 overs.
Ashfield were bowled all out for 80 and in reply Olton cruised past to the total with the loss of just one wicket.
In the Warwickshire League Premier Division title contenders Solihull Blossomfield slipped down to second place after a narrow one-wicket defeat to Bedworth.
The hosts hit 220-6 but Bedworth replied with 222-9.
The top two teams in Divison Three - Marston Green and Knowle Village maintained their positions as they drew with each other on Saturday.
Knowle Village had set a mammoth total of 340-8 thanks to McCarthy (111) and Budha (105) but Marston Green hit back with 274-3 to grab a share of the points.
Hampton & Solihull beat bottom team Ward End Unity by six wickets thanks to a 57 from back-to-form Piers Roberts.
The struggling side were dismissed for 159 after impressive bowling from H&S’s Mark James (2-34), Tim Keyte (2-31) and Harold Turner (2-21).
Castle Bromwich slipped to fourth after a one-wicket defeat away at Oakfield.
Meanwhile in the John Shepherd Cotswold Hills First Division, Rowington maintained their chances of a unlikely second successive promotion with a five-wicket win over high-flying Alcester and Ragley.
Steve Jay (3-43) was the pick of the bowlers as the R’s reduced their hosts to 211-9.
In reply an unbeaten 63 from Steve Thorne guided the visitors to their total which helped them keep up the pressure on the top two in the division.
Catherine-de-Barnes remain rooted to the foot of the table though after a 26-run defeat at home to leaders Tanworth-in-Arden.
Conway Mace took four wickets and Carl Lewis grabbed three as the away side were dismissed for 210 but despite Dan Haywood’s 83, Catney fell short once again.
The second team also slipped to a five-run defeat at home to Alvechurch.