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Rain upsets Brockhampton flow

After three games of the season, Brockhampton were the only unbeaten side in the Birmingham Premier Division but they lost their 100% record when their match at Walmley was abandoned with the home side on 46 for two after 17 overs.

Following the loss of two early wickets leaving them on 14 for two, Mo Sheikh (16 not out) and Peter McKay (15 not out) were staging a recovery.

But the weather had the last word just as it did at Barnt Green where the home side had reached 81 for five from 22 overs against Wombourne when no further play was possible.

This represented a recovery from 30 for five after Steven Howard (4-43) had ripped through the top order. Richard Wilkinson finished on 26 not out for Barnt Green and Jack Williams was unbeaten on 16 when the match was abandoned.

Knowle & Dorridge are top of the table after an eight wicket win against previously unbeaten Shrewsbury.

The Shropshire side were bowled out for 136, Alex Blofield top scoring with 28 and Jack Grundy taking 4-44, before Dominick Hendricks (39 not out) and Sam Reddish (39 not out) eased K & D to victory after they were set a revised target of 106 in 29 overs.

Himley, also, lost their unbeaten record after slipping to a seven wicket defeat to Berkswell in another match where the side batting second was set a revised target after a number of rain interruptions.

Mike Jones (74 not out) and Nathan Round (46) saw Himley to 212 for five from 50 overs before Berkswell were, eventually, set a target of 148 to win which they duly, achieved for the loss of three wickets, in 27 overs.

The evergreen Dominic Ostler with 48 and Mohammed Akhlaq with 45 were the batsmen to shine after Warwickshire’s Darren Maddy, on his debut, opened up with 29.

The match between Wolverhampton and West Bromwich Dartmouth was abandoned after the visitors’ innings closed on 169 for five, from 35 overs, with Zeeshan Asif top scoring with 45.

Alex McChristie (51), David Powles (35) and Tim Maxfield (34) took Walsall to 214 for nine from 50 overs against Kidderminster Victoria, for whom Gareth Williams took 4-50, against one of his former clubs and Andy Kimberlin picked up an economical 3-8.

In reply, the home side, facing a target of 194 in 41 overs, after more rain interruptions, raced to a seven wicket victory with more than three overs to spare.

Conor Smith (58 not out), Craig Wood (50), Zak Turley (38) and Mark Edwards (31 not out) were the batsmen in form.

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