Premier Division One Review 1st May

Written by: Nick Archer
Date: 01/05/2021

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Already eliminated from both the League’s knock-out competitions, Berkswell’s efforts for the rest of the season will be focussed on winning the League competition that they won in 2018 and 2019. If successful, they will become the first club to secure three successive top tier titles since Walsall achieved the feat in 2006, 2007 and 2008 and they showed their intent with a three wicket win over Kidderminster who were dismissed for 172 in 39 overs after losing the toss. Debutant Adam Hose top scored with 88 from 75 balls, including 10 fours and 5 sixes. Nick James took 3 for 28 and Tom Milnes picked up 3 for 31 for Berkswell who were made to work hard for their victory after slipping to 144 for seven. Top scorer was Ateeq Javid (34) but it was an unbroken eighth wicket stand of 33 between Grant Thornton (22 not out) and Dominic Ostler (12 not out) that guided the table-toppers to victory. Smethwick chalked up their first win of the season with a nail-biting one wicket win at Knowle & Dorridge who were restricted to 208 for eight from 50 overs. Opening batsman Alex Phillips carried his bat for 105 from 137 balls as Karamjot Singh took 4 for 34 for the visitors. In reply, Smethwick owed much to Qamar Khan (85) who was fifth out at 156. At 194 for six, they appeared to be cruising to 20 points but two late wickets from Dexter (4 for 44) threatened to snatch the game for Knowle & Dorridge before Smethwick’s last wicket pair clinched the game. On a good pitch at Shifnal, Walsall’s total of 239 for six from 50 overs looked a little light and so it proved as the home side cantered to a seven wicket win with two balls shy of 10 overs remaining. Billy-J Cox (90) and Amit John (44) were the leading scorers for Walsall with Xavi Clarke taking 3 for 53. After James Sookias hit 46 from 46 balls, Clarke took over with an unbeaten 84 from 84 balls to earn Shifnal their second win of the season. 

Leamington battled their way to 160 all out in 48.5 overs at Moseley, led by a patient 38 from 93 balls from skipper Jon Wigley. Jugdeep Nandra (3 for 31) and Yadvinder Singh (3 for 52) were the most successful bowlers for Moseley who were, soon, struggling, in reply, losing their first four wickets for 13. Despite 69 from Andrew Umeed, Moseley fell apart to be 116 all out in 35.5 overs with, only, one other batter reaching double figures. The early damage was done by Ollie Currill (3 for 21) before the innings was finished off by Will Field (3 for 13), leaving Leamington victors by 44 runs. After last week’s defeat to Ombersley, Barnt Green returned to winning ways with a 110 run win over West Bromwich Dartmouth who they entertain tomorrow in the semi-finals of the Graham Williamson Trophy. A strong middle-order effort from Dan Harding (72), Arminder Brar (44), Darrell Williams (43 not out) and Jacques Banton (39) took Barnt Green to 257 for six in 50 overs before Dartmouth were all out for 147 in 38.3 overs. Canadian batter Aabrash Khan hit 47 but fine bowling from Oxfordshire seamer Robbie Shurmer, with 5 for 36, and Andy Sutton with 3 for 34 proved too much for his team-mates. Ombersley's game against Shrewsbury was affected by by a number of breaks for rain which meant that the result was decided by DLS. The Shrewsbury innings was cut short by two overs and they scored 198 for seven from 48 to earn three batting points. Rob Foster was unbeaten on 70 after rescuing his side from a stuttering 81 for four. Ombersley's response was restricted to 31 overs with a par score of 151 as the target. A brisk opening stand of 78 by Josh Dell (48) and Jack Haynes (46) took them ahead of the required run rate and they reached their target for the loss of five wickets with almost eight overs to spare, George Panayi unbeaten on 28 not out from 17 balls. Shrewsbury's Peter Clark finished with 4 for 40.