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Champions Shrewsbury finish on winning note

With the 2013 title wrapped up by Shrewsbury a fortnight ago and relegation issues settled last week, there was just pride to play for in the Premier Division on the last weekend of the season.

Shrewsbury faced bottom of the table Wombourne who were skittled for 116, in 34.4 overs, in a match reduced to 40 overs per side due to a late start caused by overnight rain.

Tom Meek scored 25 and Mark Grant scored 23 but it was Shrewsbury seamer Sam Griffiths who took the plaudits, finishing with 4-15.

In reply, a shock appeared to be on the cards when Shrewsbury slipped to 44 for five but an unbeaten sixth wicket partnership between Rob Foster (40 not out) and 14 year-old George Hargrave (32 not out) ensured that the Champions finished on a winning note.

Brockhampton were, already, assured of the Runners-up trophy but they, eventually, finished 91 points behind Shrewsbury after a 173 run thumping at Himley who rattled up 247 for eight thanks to 109 from Tom Kohler-Cadmore and 46 from Greg Wright.

Brockhampton collapsed to 74 all out in reply, with Jamie Turner taking 4-8 and Danny Smith finishing with 4-30. Himley finished in fourth place, three points behind Knowle & Dorridge who defeated West Bromwich Dartmouth by 82 runs.

David Smith hit an undefeated 52 in K & D’s total of 181 for four, in 40 overs, before Dartmouth were dismissed for 99 with David Myers taking 4-20.

Basit Zaman scored 32 for Dartmouth who finished ninth in the table. Berkswell’s four wicket win at Gorway enabled them to finish one point ahead of Walsall who slip to seventh place after their fourth defeat in succession.

James Middleton (35) and Tim Maxfield (35) gave their side a bright start but after they were dismissed Walsall slumped to 137 all out to Adi Rai (4-25) and Dave Brignull (4-32).

Tom Lewis steered Berkswell to a sixth place finish with 46. The match between Walmley and Barnt Green was abandoned without a ball being bowled which left Walmley in tenth place and Barnt Green two places above them.

Relegated Wolverhampton finished on a low, falling to a seven wicket defeat at Kidderminster Victoria, a victory that sees the Worcestershire side climb one place to finish in fifth. Chris Russell scored 34 not out in a Wolverhampton total of 126 with Connor Smith taking 4-33 for the home side.

At two for two, Kidderminster required a third wicket stand of 109 between Neil Pinner (53) and Zac Turley (52 not out) to set them on their way to their ninth success of the season.


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