A superb all-round performance by Chris Boroughs was responsible for Brockhampton’s convincing 149 run victory over Shrewsbury in a one-sided clash between the leading two sides in the Birmingham Premier Division.
Starting the day six points behind Shrewsbury, the Herefordshire outfit were lead to 225 for eight at the end of 55 overs by current skipper Ben Stebbings (57), former skipper Boroughs (53) and this season’s County captain David Exall (48).
Boroughs then showed his talent with the ball, picking up 7-40 as Shrewsbury crumbled to 76 all out. They now trail Brockhampton by 15 points and have lost their mantle as title favourites to a side that completely outplayed them on this occasion.
Kidderminster Victoria’s 35 run success in a low scoring game against Berkswell at Chester Road sees them draw level with Shrewsbury, a week before they host Brockhampton in another top versus second clash.
A fourth wicket partnership of 53 between Connor Smith (33) and Neil Pinner (27) took Kidderminster to 96 for three before they collapsed to 125 all out in 40 overs. Former Vics bowler Imran Arif took 5-26 and there were two wickets apiece for Tom Milnes and David Brignull.
In reply, Berkswell were dismissed for 90, with James Neale top scoring with 33. Smith (4-9) and Gareth Williams (4-51) were the chief destroyers.
Walsall’s grip on the title they won in 2012 loosened following their second abandonment in a week. After their escape against Shrewsbury last week, when they were saved by the rain, they were unable to take the field at Barnt Green and the sides took five points each.
Although they are yet to record a win this season, Wolverhampton continue to improve and took 14 points from a winning draw against Knowle & Dorridge who shut up shop to finish on 69 for eight in response to the home side’s 130 for seven in a match reduced to 38 overs per side.
James Hammond scored 36 for Wolverhampton and Bangladesh’s Enamul Haque took 3-13 as K & D batted out for a draw. Wombourne earned the bragging rights with a winning draw over local rivals Himley who slipped closer to the relegation zone after another tepid batting performance.
Former Himley all-rounder Michael Hill scored 40 and skipper Mark Fisher opened up with 38 as Wombourne posted 157 for nine in 53 overs at Stourbridge Road with young off-spinner Ryan Brown underlining his promise with 4-30 for Himley.
Stuart Wedge took 3-45 and Nathan Round picked up two wickets but Himley were soon in deep trouble on 31 for six and 54 for eight before Wedge (22) and Brown (30 not out) held Wombourne at bay.
Jamie Turner faced 60 balls, during which time he scored a single, as he and Brown thwarted Worcestershire seamer Richard Jones who finished with 5-34.
Walmley moved off the bottom of the table with a four wicket win against West Bromwich Dartmouth in a match reduced to 29 overs per side. Walmley skipper Greg Ricketts took 6-12 as Dartmouth were dismissed for 91 with Mehraj Ahmed top scoring on 28.
In reply, Brinder Phagara (4-14) reduced Walmley to 51 for six before Andrew Hendry (38 not out) and Lewis Harrison (12 not out) came together to secure a win for Walmley. Just nine points separate the bottom five while the top three continue to break away from the pack in the middle of the table.