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Walmley escape relegation with one run win

In an astonishing climax to the relegation battle at Danescourt, Walmley completed a thrilling one run victory over Wolverhampton, saving them from relegation at the expense of their victims.

Mo Sheikh (67) and Bhavik Patel (59) took Walmley to a challenging total of 236 all out but Wolverhampton looked set to move above Walmley and continue the relegation fight for another week when they reached 226 for four.

James Fell scored 90, Ramanjot Jaswal hit 58 and Worcestershire’s Moeen Ali scorched to 45 before Walmley skipper Greg Ricketts stepped up to take 4-34 as the last five wickets fell for a single run to put the seal on a dramatic finish.

Meanwhile, Champions Shrewsbury were sliding to a six wicket defeat at West Bromwich Dartmouth and rock-bottom Wombourne were upsetting the form-book by hammering fading Walsall by 72 runs.

Shrewsbury slipped to 82 for five at Sandwell Park before a sixth wicket stand of 114 between Steven Leach (113) and Rob Foster (54 not out) boosted them to 211 for eight with Zeeshan Asif taking 3-34.

In reply, Dartmouth eased to victory thanks to a stand of 100 for the second wicket between Ateeq Javid (77) and Asif (47 not out). Michael Hill hit 112 as Wombourne smashed 285 for nine against Walsall with support from Mark Grant (39), Ed Denham (39) and Tom Brown (37).

Apart from a superb 134 from David Powles, the Walsall batsmen showed little appetite for the fight and were dismissed for 213.

Berkswell removed any lingering fears of relegation with a seven wicket win in a rain affected match against close rivals Knowle & Dorridge, who totalled 214 for eight, in 50 overs, with Alec Baker (60) and Sam Reddish (53) adding 107 for the third wicket followed by 41 from David Smith.

With Berkswell cruising on 120 for one after 29 overs, play was abandoned following a rain shower and, on resumption, the home side required a revised target of 137 from 32 overs which they duly achieved with nine balls remaining, for the loss of two further wickets.

An unbeaten 53 from James Neale proved decisive as were 30 apiece from Imran Arif and Phil Neale. Brockhampton clinched the runners-up trophy with a 45 run win over Kidderminster Victoria who were dismissed for 181 in reply to the Herefordshire side’s total of 226 for seven.

Henry Langford (58) and Chris Powell (50) registered half-centuries for Brockhampton with Jonathan Wright snapping up 3-62 for the visitors. David Exall took 3-38 in the Kidderminster reply and neither Knowle & Dorridge nor Himley can catch Brockhampton with one game remaining.

Himley could have forced a last-day showdown for the runners-up spot if they had beaten Barnt Green but the Worcestershire outfit proved too strong after Tom Burton had steered them to 188.

Young off-spinner Ryan Brown took 3-33 for Himley but Barnt Green’s attack proved more potent with Alastair Pollock (4-16), Stephen Bevan (3-20) and Richard Wilkinson (3-31) combining to dismiss the Black Country side for 120.

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