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Heavy disruption but no change

Intermittent heavy rain caused a number of interruptions and abandonments in the Birmingham Premier Division but there was no material effect on the top of the table where leaders Shrewsbury fought hard to earn a winning draw over Knowle & Dorridge.

In one of the few games that lasted the full allocation of 110 overs, the in-form Ed Foster hit 64 and Tom Cox scored 60 in Shrewsbury’s total of 237 all out with leg-spinner Chris Davidson taking 5-65 for the visitors who had reached 209 for six by the close.

Sam Reddish (62 not out) and Alex Phillips (56) made half-centuries but K & D missed an opportunity to peg Shrewsbury back by spurning a tempting target of 70 from the last 10 overs with wickets in hand.

Brockhampton’s match with relegation threatened Walmley was abandoned with the visitors scoreless without loss from five balls after dismissing the Herefordshire side for 173. Chris Powell scored 64 while Walmley skipper Greg Ricketts picked up 4-29.

This allowed Kidderminster Victoria to move up to second place (albeit 39 points behind the leaders) who came away from Walsall with a winning draw after the home side lost 13 overs from its allocation due to a couple of rain breaks.

Neil Pinner scored 48 in Kiddi’s total of 236 for eight while opening batsman Tim Maxfield illustrated his increasing potential as an all-rounder with 4-77 for Walsall. A disappointing Walsall response saw them slip to 77 for five, with Maxfield scoring 34, before Mark Green (38) and Steven Plant (32) effected a recovery to 160 for eight after 42 overs.

Biggest movers of the day were West Bromwich Dartmouth with a six wicket win over Wolverhampton who were restricted to 199 for nine. Worcestershire duo Tom Fell (44) and Chris Russell (37 not out) were the best of the batsmen for Wolves with Brinder Phagura taking 3-58 for Dartmouth who eased to victory thanks to 48 from Kadeer Ali and 40 from Basit Zaman.

Dartmouth’s win takes them above Walsall and lifts them over Berkswell and Himley who were involved in a rain affected draw at Berkswell who recovered from 68 for four and 110 for five to reach 234 for five thanks to an unbroken partnership of 134 between Dominic Ostler (117 not out) and Mo Akhlaq (22 not out).

Ostler hit 10 fours and six sixes and faced 94 balls after James Neale opened up with 43. Ben Smith (75), Jamie Harris (37) and Tom Kohler-Cadmore (32) took Himley to 184 for four from 40.4 overs before the game came to a premature conclusion.

Barnt Green eased their relegation fears with an easy seven wicket success over rock-bottom Wombourne who are now 52 points short of safety.

Ed Denham hit 66 in Wombourne’s total of 150 with Andy Sutton (4-23) and Tom Burton (3-36) doing the damage for Barnt Green before Burton (55 not out) and Craig Crowe (45) eased the Worcestershire club alongside Wolverhampton who have slipped back into trouble, 21 points ahead of Walmley who sit in the second relegation place on 120 points.

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