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Double tops for Olten

Olten & West Warwickshire celebrated two league trophies and it would have been a glorious treble were the first XI not pipped at the post for promotion in the Birmingham and District Premier Cricket League Third Division.

Knowing they needed a convincing win over Oswestry in their final game of the season to keep their promotion dreams alive, Olten, skippered by James Neale, kept up their end of the bargain by completing an 83-run victory.

However, rivals Brockhampton spoilt the party by snatching a dramatic final over win to grab the second promotion place from under the noses of Olten.

Neale led from the front with 537 runs, closely followed by Marc Webb who amassed 488, while Babar Khan was the leading light with the ball - his 62 wickets cost just 11 runs apiece.

The club's twos eclipsed their more illustrious team-mates by scooping the Second XI Division 3 title.

Undefeated all season, Jon Stott's side clinched the league with a match to spare.

Paul Fitzgerald was ever reliable with the bat, averaging 78, whilst Dave Pullin and Gareth Simpson gave excellent support. Skipper Stott led the way with 27 wickets while spinner James Eaton also chipped in with valuable wickets.

Olten's third team, after being promoted last season, found life in the Premier Division a much tougher prospect and finished a respectable fourth.

The experienced side, led by Andy Rowland, had six bowlers who consistently took wickets - Steve DuCros, Phil Miller, Andy Brookes, Munaf Mohammed, Matt Ceillam and Ken Paver. Steve Wallis, Dan Maycock, Phil Budd and Sam Richards all scored heavily with the bat.

The youthful fourth XI coasted away with Division 2 of the West Midlands League after winning all but one of their matches.

Andy Spowage led the way with 299 runs whilst 15 year Dan Ceillam scored his maiden century and compiled 290 runs. Skipper Pete Suthons had 18 wickets whilst youngsters John Bosworth and leg spinner Chris Joiner chipped in with 16 and 15 apiece.

There was more good news for the club when U15 wicketkeeper Liam Gately was rewarded for 36 victims spread over first and second team cricket by being selected for Midlands U15s.

Jon Webb, a year older, was selected for Warwickshire Academy and also played for Warwickshire Seconds.