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Weather fails to help Walmley

Walmley slipped back into the relegation zone after they slumped to a six wicket defeat at Berkswell in the only Birmingham Premier Division game that wasn’t abandoned or finished in a weather affected draw. Leaders Shrewsbury were the most frustrated side after they dismissed 2012 Champions Walsall for 62 at Gorway. Superb seam bowling from Joe Leach (4-22) and Mike Barnard (4-24) demolished Walsall but the game was abandoned with the visitors on 29 for one from 4.3 overs. Tim Maxfield (18) was the only Walsall batsman to stick around as Barnard picked up three wickets in his fourth over of the game. Walmley succumbed for 108 to the seam attack of Dave Brignull (4-29), Imran Arif (3-22) and Tom Milnes (2-27) before James Neale (35 not out) and Phil Neale (33) eased Berkswell to victory. Jonathan Newis took all four Berkswell wickets to fall at a personal cost of 39. Brockhampton were also frustrated by the weather after they declared their innings against Wombourne on 199 for eight from 43.4 overs. Chris Boroughs made 70, Adam Hewlett added 38 and Ben Stebbings scored 31 before Ed Denham (4-65) took a hat-trick to bring Wombourne back into the game. But the rain came and there was no more play and the match was abandoned, a fate which, also, befell the clash between West Bromwich Dartmouth and Kidderminster Victoria at Sandwell Park after the home side had reached 252 for seven. Basit Zaman top scored with 87 and Mehraj Ahmed hit 47. A game that was less affected by the weather took place at Cherry Hill Road where Barnt Green recovered from 56 for three to finish on 173 for three at the end of their 45 overs. Sam Hain (67 not out) and Richard Wilkinson (66 not out) shared an unbroken stand of 117 for the fourth wicket to help the home side to a competitive total. In reply, Knowle & Dorridge lost wickets regularly and finished on 133 for six at the end of their 45 overs with Dominic Hendricks carrying his bat for 66.

Nick Powell and Tom Burton took two wickets apiece for Barnt Green. Skipper Karl Quiney made 55 in Wolverhampton’s 175 for seven, in 46 overs, against Himley who put up the shutters to finish on 114 for three from their allocation of 46 overs.

Nathan Round finished unbeaten on 48 and Ben Smith was 47 not out as Himley struggled to find some form.

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