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Win puts Knowle well clear at top

KNOWLE & Dorridge moved 20 points clear at the top of the Birmingham & District Premier Division after a resounding nine-wicket win over Barnt Green.

KNOWLE & Dorridge moved 20 points clear at the top of the Birmingham & District Premier Division after a resounding nine-wicket win over Barnt Green.

After losing their second wicket at 94, the Green will have been disappointed with their eventual total of 178 for eight.

This was emphasised as Jacobus Pienaar gave the K & D innings a flying start, with seven boundaries in his innings of 38.

Man of the Match Richard Johnson (82 not out) and former Glamorgan skipper David Hemp (55 not out) then took over, as K & D reinforced their title credentials with more than 18 overs in hand.

Moseley were helped to 91 for seven by Pete Magafas (26) and Keith Bell (23) but three wickets apiece for Hamza Nadeem and Greg Ricketts, presented Walmley with a real opportunity to move into mid-table.

However, outstanding bowling by Ashfak Hussein (4 for 10) contributed to Walmley’s downfall and the North Birmingham side were dismissed for 90.

At the top of Division One Junead Zaman (52), Navdeep Poonia (44) and Paul Malkin (40) were the main contributors in Stratford’s 205 for seven, against Dorridge, who responded with 160 for nine.

At the other end of the table, one point separates the bottom three, and it is Berkswell who occupy the last place, following a defeat at Attock. Rawait Khan (74 not out) and Jhangir Khan (60) eased Attock to a seven-wicket win that removes their threat of relegation.

In Division Three Olton & WW defeated new-boys Eastnor by five wickets despite a staged recovery through Shahid Ahmed (31) and Atiq-ur-Rehman (59), Their third wicket pair put on 80, but leg-spinner, Babar Khan, took 5 for 33 and opening bowler, Jamie Hawkins picked up 3 for 17, as Eastnor slid from 125 for 4 to 141 all out.

Promotion contenders Olton made hard work of the early part of their innings, slipping to 45 for three, in 25 overs, but Gary Hawkins (52) and skipper Marc Webb (33) shared a partnership of 80 to steer the Warwickshire side to a victory that maintains their hopes of promotion.

In the Warwickshire Premier Division Solihull Blossomfield slipped down to mid-table after a 33-run defeat at home to Southam.

In Division Three Hampton & Solihull beat Castle Bromwich for the fourth time in a row. H&S were put in on a damp pitch and struggled early on until debutant Matt James made a dilligent 38. Mike Palmer smashed a superb unbeaten 76 and Tim Keyte (32) and Jim Harris (43) helped H&S to 152.

Elsewhere in the John Shepherd Cotswold Hills League a poor batting performance cost Rowington the points at home to Norton Lindsey.

Catherine-de-Barnes remain bottom after a 106-run defeat at Broadway but the seconds beat Kineton II by 74 runs to keep up their fine form.

 

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