Middleton is Walsall's youngest centurion

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It’s as you were at the top of the Premier Division following another rain-ruined programme, the only result coming at Sandwell Park where Kidderminster Victoria were scuttled for 34 by West Bromwich Dartmouth’s Naheem Sajjad (5-9) and Aatif Ali (5-21).

Kadeer Ali (21 not out) and James Campbell (14 not out) needed only four overs to knock off the runs for a 10 wicket victory.

Missing three of their regular top four batsmen, Walsall made a creditable 215 all out against Shrewsbury thanks to a superb 104 from stand-in opener James Middleton, who became the youngest player, aged 18 years and 45 days, to score a 1st XI League century for the Club.

He and Simon Harding (38) put on 76 for the first wicket but Walsall slipped to 148 for seven before a stand of 50 between Middleton and Tom Freeman (25) saw them to three hard-earned batting points.

Rob Foster (4-58) and Elliott Green (3-58) caused the collapse in the middle order. The match was nicely poised when it was abandoned with Shrewsbury on 38 for two from 16.2 overs.

Himley gained a point more than Walsall by earning four bowling points against Wolverhampton who had stumbled to 77 for nine when the match was abandoned after 31.5 overs.

IPL all-rounder Rajat Bhatia snapped up 5-15 but the weather thwarted all Himley’s efforts to secure a second win in three days.

With 72 points up for grabs over the last three games of the season, Berkswell and Brockhampton retain an outside chance of the title if Walsall and Himley slip up.

After losing the toss at bottom club Wellington, Berkswell made a spirited attempt to open up the game at Orleton Park, declaring after 41 overs with their total on 204 for two.

James Neale led the way with an unbeaten 110 from 115 balls and he was well supported by Jack Cornick (36), Chris Cheslin (23) and Dominic Ostler (21 not out).

Opening batsman Cornick left the field injured with the total on 43, then returned to add a further 86 with Neale after Cheslin was dismissed at 79.

Ostler’s declaration left Wellington with 56 overs but further rain interruptions left the home side on 35 for two after 11 overs.

Wellington are now relegated and the most likely side to accompany them is Leamington Spa who were dismissed for 165 by Barnt Green.

Mark Best hit 45, Alex Phillips added 39 and Lee Hopkins chipped in with 38 but Stephen Bevan took 4-43 to limit the Warwickshire side to two batting points.

Barnt Green had reached 36 without loss, from 9 overs, when rain halted play. Leamington trail tenth placed Knowle & Dorridge by 43 points so survival seems almost impossible unless K & D collapse completely.

Brockhampton scored 212 for eight, thanks to 61 from David Exall and 46 from Ben Stebbings and K & D’s response stood on 24 for one, from 10 overs, when the game came to an abrupt finish.

Attiq Chishti returned superb figures of 5-27 for K & D who need one more win to send Leamington down.