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Walsall win makes it five in a row

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Walsall continue to lead the way at the top of the Premier Division table after they scorched to a nine wicket victory at Wellington, their fifth win on the trot.

Having won the toss at Orleton Park, Walsall invited their hosts to bat. A classy 89 from Glamorgan Academy prospect David Lloyd was the highlight for Wellington but his efforts were overshadowed when Walsall went into bat.

Ben MacFarlane (3-41) returned the best figures for Walsall but their star turn was South African opening batsman Christiaan Jonker who blasted an unbeaten 132 as Walsall reached their target off the first ball of the 27th over.

Jonker hit 13 fours and six maximums in an innings that lasted 90 balls. His first 50 came from 47 balls and he reached his century in 75 balls.

As impressive as Jonker’s innings was, it was not the highest individual score of the day. That honour went to a former Walsall player, Chris Boroughs, who smashed 190 in Brockhampton’s mammoth 383 for four declared against Leamington Spa.

Boroughs and Ben Stebbings (117) put on 297 for the second wicket against a shell-shocked Leamington outfit who crumbled to 137 all out, in reply.

Alex Phillips (39) and Luke Radford (30) showed the most resistance but Charlie Griffiths (4-36) and that man Boroughs (4-59) bowled Brockhampton to their second win of the season.

Following their defeat at Walsall, last week, Berkswell returned to winning ways with an outstanding performance in the field at Wolverhampton.

Chris Cheslin (5-54) and Ed Rainsford (4-33) combined to dismiss the Staffordshire side for 93 before an unbeaten 31 from Jack Cornick sealed the game for Berkswell.

After a slow start to the season, reigning Champions Barnt Green move in to the top half of the table following their second successive win in a thriller at Sandwell Park.

In a match where the side batting first was restricted to 49 overs and the side batting second was further restricted to 45 overs, Barnt Green clinched victory from the last ball of the game by the narrow margin of five runs.

James Ord and Craig Crowe both scored 43 for the Worcestershire side as they totalled 203 for seven with Aatif Ali taking 4-53 for Dartmouth.

In reply, Dartmouth recovered from 0 for two to 113 for three, thanks to Navi Poonia (60) but after his dismissal they slumped to 113 for seven before Hafeez Khan (33) and Amir Farooque (23) saw them to 168 for eight which soon became 168 for nine.

Imran Khan's 27 from 19 balls took Dartmouth to the brink of an unlikely victory but he was caught off the last ball, attempting to hit the six that would have won the game.

Marc Edwards (93) and Neil Pinner (73) took Kidderminster Victoria to 258 for five against Knowle & Dorridge in a match restricted to 49 overs per side.

Chris Davidson took 4-82 for K & D, who appeared to be well set for victory when David Smith (82) and David Hemp (55) shared an opening stand of 111 but veteran off-spinner Jonathan Wright put a brake on the innings with 4-26. K & D finished on 204 for seven.

After a difficult couple of weeks, Himley returned to form with a good all-round display against Shrewsbury. Chris Tranter (65), Greg Wright (54) and Nathan Round (45) featured prominently in a total of 238 for six with Rob Foster picking up 4-65 for Shrewsbury.

Despite 44 from Tom Cox, Shrewsbury struggled to 123 for nine, in reply, with Ashfak Hussein (5-29) and Stuart Wedge (4-33) sharing the wickets.