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Dougie Brown teams up with Ord for stand of 89

Premier Division leaders Barnt Green suffered once more at the hands of the weather while Himley remained 16 points adrift in second place after being restricted to a losing draw by Walsall.

Rain at Cherry Hill Road meant that 22 overs were lost from Barnt Green’s clash with Wolverhampton while the match at Himley was unaffected.

After losing the toss, Barnt Green had reached 34 for one when play was halted and they soon slipped to 93 for four after the resumption before a stand of 89 between James Ord (93) and Dougie Brown (92) sparked a recovery.

With Chris Lowe taking 4-62, Barnt Green felt the need to bat the full 55 overs which left Wolverhampton 33 overs and a target of 152 to earn a winning draw.

They achieved this thanks to 42 from Tom Fell and 24 apiece from Simon Lycett and James Hammond and, eventually, finished on 155 for eight with Warwickshire’s Maurice Holmes picking up 4-49 for Barnt Green.

A superb century from Jack Manuel (106) completed before the mid-innings drinks interval spearheaded a Walsall total of 290 for eight at Himley, with Paul Byrne hitting 52 and Paul Wicker adding 48.

Himley responded with 268 for nine, Greg Wright top scoring with 81 and Ben Smith hitting 47. Bedfordshire swing bowler Colin Griggs finished with 4-71 for Walsall.

Knowle & Dorridge crashed 299 for two declared against Leamington Spa with former Glamorgan and Warwickshire batsman David Hemp unbeaten on 149.

Current Warwickshire contracted player Richard Johnson chipped in with 75 for K & D but Leamington, left with 43 overs, following a rain interruption held out on 219 for six, with David Bailey making 71 and Alex Phillips hitting 54.

Despite 42 from Worcestershire’s James Cameron and 39 from Scott De Weymarn, Wellington crashed to 128 all out against County rivals Shrewsbury who eased to an eight wicket victory, 24 hours before their National Club Championship Semi-Final against West Indian Cavaliers.

Rob Foster (4-42) and Joe Leach (3-26) did the damage before Ed Foster (54 not out) and Leach (63 not out) reinforced Shrewsbury’s bid to maintain their place as the leading Club in Shropshire.

Moseley’s hopes of avoiding relegation were boosted by a 10 run victory over Kidderminster Victoria but both sides remain in danger, just one place ahead of eleventh placed Wolverhampton.

Huw Jones (45) and Usman Awan (34) helped Moseley to 205 for nine, despite 5-53 from Gareth Williams, and this proved to be enough as the Carpet Men came up short after Awan took 4-31 and Fred Ebruah snapped up 3-55.

Craig Wood (46), Neil Pinner (35) and James Ralph (35) all threatened a big score but Moseley hung in to earn a vital victory!

An unbeaten 104 from Faisal Shahid and 65 from former Pakistan ace Mohammed Yousaf saw Smethwick to 234 for six against West Bromwich Dartmouth but 63 from Amir Farooque and 53 from Kadeer Ali took Dartmouth to a two wicket win.

The victory virtually seals Smethwick’s fate as the first side to be relegated this season. Warwickshire’s Ateeq Javid took 4-77 for Dartmouth and the consistent Aurrol Kirnon finished with 3-79 for Smethwick.