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Shrewsbury crush Barnt Green

Shrewsbury reinforced their reputation as the most efficient limited overs side in the Birmingham Premier Division with a crushing 153 run win over Barnt Green.

Winners of the National Knock Out Competition in 2011 and Graham Williamson Trophy Champions for the last three seasons, the Shropshire side piled up 270 for nine in their 50 overs, thanks to 111 from Steven Leach, who was well supported by new skipper Rob Foster with 69, with Nick Powell taking 4-59 for Barnt Green.

In reply, despite a breezy 47 for James Ord, Barnt Green folded to 117 all out with Elliot Green (3-17) and Joe Leach (3-24) picking up three wickets apiece for Shrewsbury, who are joined at the top of the table with two wins from two games by Brockhampton and Himley.

Chris Powell (63), Callum Stewart (40 not out) and Joe Crichard (40) saw Brockhampton to an impressive 280 for nine against Wolverhampton with David Woollatt taking 3-62.

Wolverhampton struggled to 165 all out in 45 overs despite 42 from Jack Lewis with veteran Chris Boroughs taking 3-27 for Brockhampton.

In a match reduced to 45 overs per side, due to a late start caused by a sharp rain storm, Himley raced to 312 for seven against Walmley who made a good fist of their reply, reaching 293 for eight when the overs ran out.

Malvern College schoolboy Tom Kohler-Cadmore hit a magnificent 140 for Himley and he was backed up by 45 from Nathan Round and an unbeaten 40 from Stuart Wedge.

Warwickshire youngster Shozair Ali was the pick of the Walmley bowlers with 3-32 but three wickets each for Himley’s Wedge (3-53) and Jamie Harris (3-61) kept Walmley at bay.

Young ‘keeper Peter McKay celebrated his call-up to the Warwckshire side for their YB40 match against Kent, on Monday, with a belligerent 69 after Imran Jamiel (61) and Jon Nevis (49) had kept Walmley in the hunt.

There was a thriller at Station Road where Knowle & Dorridge made 266 for eight in 50 overs against Walsall with Alec Baker hitting 76.

Following a rain interruption of 46 minutes in the K & D innings, Walsall faced a revised target of 243 in 39 overs and they nearly pulled off an unlikely win, finishing on 239 for nine with James Middleton hitting 83 and South African Craig Thyssen adding 66.

Former Worcestershire seamer Chris Whelan took 5-28 as Wombourne crashed to 79 all out against Kidderminster Victoria, who cruised to a nine wicket victory with Zak Turley and Matt Pardoe untroubled on 29 not out and 27 not out respectively.

Berkswell were defeated for a second time, losing by eight wickets at West Bromwich Dartmouth.

Well placed on 136 for four, following a brisk 48 from Dominic Ostler, Berkswell collapsed to 154 all out with Junaid Zaman (5-28) picking up five wickets for four runs to finish them off. Basit Zaman, with 67 not out, and Navdeep Poonia, who finished unbeaten on 53 eased Dartmouth to their first win of the season with a stand of 123.

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