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Berkswell deny Barnt Green

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Barnt Green, Birmingham's reigning champions, took a winning draw from their clash with Berkswell to signal a slight improvement in their 2012 fortunes.

Having suffered defeats in their previous two games, Barnt Green made 189 for eight with Richard Wilkinson racking up 88 but were denied victory by a defiant unbroken seventh wicket stand between Jonathan Coleman (33 not out) and Chris Cheslin (20 not out).

After Berkswell crumbled to 39 for six in the 19th over of their reply, Coleman and Cheslin batted out time and took the score to 107 for six at the close of a match that was reduced to 38 overs per side following a delayed start.

Zimbabwean test bowler Ed Rainsford completed his first five wicket haul at a cost of 46 runs.

Wolverhampton’s five wicket victory, at Shrewsbury, took them to the top of the table, closely followed by Black Country rivals, Walsall, who defeated faltering Himley by six wickets.

In a match reduced to 40 overs per side, Shrewsbury were restricted to 149 for seven, with Tom Cox making 55, Rob Foster hitting 45 and Ed Foster opening the innings with 32.

Johannes Bothma picked up 4-24 for the visitors, who completed their victory in the 39th over thanks to 56 from Staffordshire’s Aaron Jeavons.

Greg Wright (23) and Nathan Round (22) were the best of the Himley batsmen but it was Walsall’s medium pacer, Ben MacFarlane who took the eye, with 5-27, as the South Staffordshire outfit were routed for 102.

Christiaan Jonker hit 38 in the Walsall reply, but it was Paul Byrne (26 not out) and James Middleton (15 not out) who saw them to a six wicket victory after a slight wobble at 72 for four.

Ashfak Hussain was the best of the Himley bowlers with 3-49. The match between Brockhampton and Kidderminster Victoria was abandoned without a ball being bowled but Knowle & Dorridge came out on top, in their clash with Leamington Spa, in a match that was reduced to the minimum of 25 overs per side.

Will Tavare hit 33 in Leamington’s decent total of 132 for nine but this proved no match for K & D who romped to an eight wicket victory thanks to an unbroken stand of 107 between Attiq Chishti (62 not out) and Sam Reddish (48 not out).

Earlier in the day, Warwickshire all-rounder Steffan Piolet displayed the experience he has gained in the one day game by picking up 6-40 in the Leamington innings.

There was drama of an unwanted kind at Sandwell Park, where the match was abandoned after 34 overs of the second innings, due to a serious injury suffered by Wellington’s Robbie Clarke.

A superb unbroken stand of 175 for the third wicket by Ross Aucott (119 not out) and Michael Johnson (83 not out) boosted Wellington to an impressive 247 for two in their innings which was reduced to 47 overs after a late start.

Aucott’s innings included three sixes and eleven fours, from 124 balls, while Johnson hit two sixes and seven fours, from 92 balls.

Staffordshire’s James Campbell hit 58 and his County team-mates Navdeep Poonia and Kadeer Ali, added 39 and 32 respectively in the Dartmouth reply which was nicely poised on 150 for four from 34 overs when the match came to a premature end.