Premier Division One Review 17th July

Written by: Nick Archer
Date: 17/07/2021

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Kidderminster demonstrated that their recent run of good form was no flash in the pan with a convincing performance against table-topping Berkswell who showed signs of “ring-rust” following their enforced lack of action the previous week after Walsall were unable to raise a side due to Covid issues. A third wicket stand of 145 between Nathan Round (72) and Matt Pardoe (92) laid the platform for Kidderminster to reach 240 for seven after 55 overs. Grant Thornton took 3 for 40 for Berkswell who collapsed to 50 for seven, in reply, before a rearguard action from Thornton (33) and Tom Milnes (32) brought a recovery. The recovery, though, was short-lived, as Berkswell slumped to 106 for nine with Liam Weston taking 3 for 20. However, a brave last wicket stand, by Joshua Aspinall (10 not out) and Adnaan Riaz (8 not out) took them to 124 for nine at the close, denying Kidderminster an opportunity to close the gap even more at the top of the table. Knowle & Dorridge opening bat Alex Phillips followed up his century last weekend with another ton, this time against Smethwick at Broomfield. Phillips (118) and Amir Khan (81) put on 202 for the first wicket as K & D marched to 271 for six after 55 overs. Gurinder Singh took 4 for 85 for Smethwick who lost two early wickets in reply. Hamza Ahmed and Aman Hussain, both scored 48, but Smethwick crumbled to 146 for nine with Aristides Karvelas taking 4 for 58 for K & D, who were, now, favourites to clinch an emphatic win. They were denied, however, by an unbeaten 31 from last man Naseer Ahmed who took the score to 179 for nine at the close with the support of Zayan Kayani who finished unbeaten on five.   

With the match between Walsall and Shifnal declared void because of Covid issues in the Shifnal camp, Shrewsbury seized an opportunity to lift themselves above Walsall in the table with a resounding 199 run success against Ombersley. Taking advantage of Ombersley’s decision to field first in perfect batting conditions, Shrewsbury piled up 297 for nine declared in 53 overs with Oxford University’s George Hargrave leading the way with 126, an innings that included 15 fours and three sixes. Will Parton (69) shared a third wicket partnership of 134 with Hargrave as Shrewsbury rattled up their highest total of the season. Liam Gwynne took 4 for 57 and Elliot Mason took 4 for 66 for Ombersley whose long afternoon in the sun took its toll as they crashed to 17 for five. Richard Jones hit 29 and tail-enders Matt Davis and Jamie Hammond scored 22 apiece but they were bowled out for 98 in 26.1 overs with Bradley Thornton taking 3 for 19 for the home side. West Bromwich Dartmouth made a bright start against Barnt Green reaching 82 before the fall of the second wicket after electing to bat first. They, then, lost nine wickets for 96 to finish on 178 all out from 48.1 overs with Kabir Ali unbeaten on 53. Darrel Williams took the last four Dartmouth wickets for 41 as the home side slid from 151 for six to their final disappointing total. An opening stand of 101 between Ben Chapman-Lilley (54) and Andrew Sutton (48) banished all thoughts of a Dartmouth comeback and Barnt Green cantered to a six wicket win with more than eight overs in hand. Moseley remain anchored to the foot of the Premier Division One table after a 47 run defeat at Leamington Spa, who were dismissed in the 51st over for 162. Ollie Currill (38 not out) and Jon Wigley (35) warmed up for tomorrow’s Royal London National Club Championship last 16 tie against Cheshire side Neston but their team-mates, with the exception of Waqar Ahmed (27) found the going tough against Ali Awan (3 for 25) and Fred Eburah (3 for 36). Any hopes of a win for Moseley disappeared when they crashed to 46 for seven with Currill (4 for 18) leading the attack for Leamington. Andrew Umeed showed some resistance with 38 and Usman Awan was unbeaten on 26 but Moseley were all out in the 50th over for 115.