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Barnards Green end season in style + final county round-up

Craig Gibbons 19th Sep, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

BARNARDS GREEN signed off their Birmingham League Division One campaign with a comprehensive 171-run victory over Shropshire-based Wellington.

The North End Lane side opted to bat after winning the toss where they reached 293-7. Jamie Tapper top scored with 61 which was backed up by Alex Hepburn’s 57 and George Rhodes’ 40.

Dannie Rees (24), Jonathan Dovey (21), Ben Sutton (25 no) and Ashley Brewer (31 no) also added consistent runs.

In reply, Wellington were hurried out for 122 after 30 overs as Ben Sutton (4-27) did the damage with the ball for Green who end the season in sixth place.

Wendell Wagner (38) top scored for Wellington.

A CENTURY from Tom Coleman ensured COLWALL secured the runners-up spot in Worcestershire County League Division One as they defeated champions Worcester Nomads by 96 runs.

Colwall were put in to bat after losing the toss where an inspired 117 from Coleman helped the visitors post a score of 270-9 from 50 overs.

Ben Wheeler (60) also contributed with the bat while Cameron Blakey (4-51) got the lion’s share of the wickets for a Nomads side who were bowled out for 174 in the 46th over.

Daniel Newby (5-29) did the damage with the ball for Colwall who have done the double over Nomads this season.

Guy Davies (69) top scored for the league champions who will play their trade in Birmingham League Division Three next year.

KEMPSEY missed out on securing their fourth promotion in five years after they suffered an agonising two-wicket defeat to Worcestershire County League Division Three champions Harborne.

But second placed Old Vigornians got the win they needed to clinch promotion so Kempsey’s loss made no impact in terms of the promotion race.

After winning the toss and opting to bat, Kempsey were hurried out for a below-par 178 in the 46th over as Muhammad Tausif (5-45) and Zahir Zirab (4-33) did the damage with the ball for Harborne.

Opener Simon Doreell (65) top scored while Samuel O’Neill (24) and Stephen Emson (21) added small batches of runs.

In reply Harborne made hard work of their run chase but sensible batting from Tom Nicholson (38), Alex Lane (41) and Abusinan Abdullah (39) guided the champions to 179-8 with three overs to spare.

Dorrell (2-32), Emson (2-37) and Adam Baker (2-37) got a share of the wickets for Kempsey who ended the season in fourth.

Netherton moved above Kempsey into third following their 193-run win over Avoncroft.

DESPITE being relegated to Division Four, MALVERN signed off in style as they claimed a resounding ten-wicket victory over Himbleton.

Himbleton chose to bat after winning the toss but were skittled out for just 119 after 36 overs as Chay Ankers (4-19) wreaked havoc with the ball.

In reply, an unbeaten stand between Anthony Arnold (54 no) and David Cox (61 no) guided Malvern to victory in the 24th over as they reached 121 – missing out on safety by just four points.

HANLEY CASTLE & UPTON secured their Division Four status following their losing draw to fourth placed Himley.

Himley were put into bat where they posted a score of 214-6 from their 50 overs courtesy of Steven Newman’s 101 which was backed up by Matthew Bowen’s 42.

After Hanley’s openers Ollie Price (44) and Charlie Tippell (20) departed with the score at 94-3, a total collapse of their middle order saw them quickly slump to 120-8.

However, Hanley’s lower order batsmen Tom Boldry (21 no), Harry Tippell (8) and Andy Brown (10 no) battled hard to secure the losing draw with a score of 163-9.

The result ensured Hanley avoided relegation to Division Five by nine points.

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