In Division One of the Birmingham League, Barnt Green (203 for six) drew with Shifnal (176 for eight). Asked to bat first, Ben Chapman-Lilley anchored the Barnt Green innings with 42. Despite 65 from Joe Leach, Shifnal’s response fell short thanks to Oxfordshire seamer Robbie Shurmer's four for 51.
In Division One of the Birmingham League, Barnt Green (203 for six) drew with Shifnal (176 for eight). Asked to bat first, Ben Chapman-Lilley anchored the Barnt Green innings with 42. Despite 65 from Joe Leach, Shifnal’s response fell short thanks to Oxfordshire seamer Robbie Shurmer’s four for 51.
Leamington (262 for seven) drew with Walsall (287 for six) Batting first, Vriitya Aravind (79) and Billy-J Cox (88) provided the bulk of the runs for Walsall. Leamington’s reply came up just short, Jonathan Wigley hitting 104 as they held on for a share of the points.
Ombersley skittled Moseley for 108 inside 41 overs. Former Worcestershire seamer Gareth Andrew producing magnificent figures of eight for 29 before Ombersley cantered home for the loss of three wickets thanks to Hammond’s unbeaten 60.
Former Warwickshire all-rounder Ateeq Javid (four for 38) was the star of the show as Berkswell bowled Shrewsbury out for 141. Javid then scored 84* with the bat as Berkswell crossed the line with three wickets to spare despite Lewis Evans’ four for 19.
Smethwick (128 for one) comfortably defeated Kidderminster (127 all out). Gurinder Singh (four for 35) and Sajid Ahmedazi four for 38) combined to restrict Kidderminster before Muhammad Khan (65*) made light work of chasing down the total.
West Bromwich Dartmouth were asked to bat first by Knowle & Dorridge and scraped to 168 in their allotted 55 overs, Kabir Ali (40) and former Bear, Shozair Ali (33) providing some much-needed runs from the lower/middle order. Adam Williams toom three for 36. Shozair Ali then tore through the K&D batting line up, finishing with figures of seven for 40.
In Division Two, Bromsgrove (156) beat Bridgnorth (103) by 53 runs, Adam Quiney taking four for 36) for Bridgnorth and Mark Evenson three for two and Connor Smith three for 28 for Bromsgrove. Dorridge (169 for two) beat Harborne (168 all out) by eight wickets as Dave Ball (three for 31) and Ben Shepperson (67*) starring for Dorridge.
Barnards Green continued their excellent form against Kenilworth Wardens. George Rhodes (110) and Zain Ul-Hassan (105) both made centuries, however a rapid 71 from 26 balls from Phil Harris propelled Barnards Green to a daunting 363 for five. Wardens’ middle order rallied – Henry Cullen (98) and Ben Rex (53) – but they were bowled out in the penultimate over. Ul-Hassan (four for 67) and Rhodes (three for 56) rounding off excellent individual performances.
Halesowen continue to lead the race for promotion after securing a winning draw away to Oswestry. Batting first, former Worcestershire pro Alexei Kervezee (96) helped Halesowen reach 270 for eight. Warrick Fynn (110) threatened to lead Oswestry to victory but ran out of partners as the innings petered out to 197 for six.
Pelsall (221 for five) beat Himley (218 for eight) by five wickets, Jamie Holmes (four for 46) and Jake Lee (86) starring for Pelsall.
Wem (234 for nine) secured a winning draw against Wolverhampton (130 for nine). Joe Stanley took five for 65) for Wolverhampton while Sam Peate (43) and Mohit Kale (three for six) starred for Wem.
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