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Win in 29 overs takes Dorridge to top spot

Dorridge travelled to Birmingham & District Premier League, Division One leaders Kenilworth Wardens on Saturday in hope of leap-frogging their hosts into top spot.

Dorridge travelled to Birmingham & District Premier League, Division One leaders Kenilworth Wardens on Saturday in hope of leap-frogging their hosts into top spot.

In a game likely to be rain-affected, the toss was important and Dorridge had no hesitation in asking Wardens to bat first.

A rain-break at 36-0 off six overs proved timely, and when Shah and Getkate removed the openers soon after the return, the game started to change shape.

Stenning and Bell had added 42 before another rain shower brought a further halt and it was immediately on resumption that Butt ran out Stenning (42) in what was to prove a pivotal moment.

Ball (2-39), Carey (1-27) and Waqar (1-41) then kept runs to a minimum, and even a late burst could only take Wardens to 198-7 off their 55 overs.

In normal circumstances, with Dorridge’s innings now reduced to just 38 overs due to the rain stoppages, a winning draw would be the height of their expectations. However, a brisk start, led by Omar Ali (23), meant that, despite the loss of three wickets, Dorridge were well ahead of the required run-rate.

Ball and Tariq then punished the Wardens attack for their waywardness and their 89-run partnership was only ended when Tariq fell for 38.

Webb (18) then joined Ball and continued the good work, which was eventually rewarded with a five-wicket win in a breathless 29 overs, with Ball finishing unbeaten after an outstanding 81.

The win takes Dorridge to the top of the First Division, three points clear of their latest opponents.

 

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