BARNARDS GREEN have all but secured their Birmingham League Division One status following their three-wicket victory over Bromsgrove on Bank Holiday Monday.
Bromsgrove opted to bat after winning the toss but were hurried out for just 109 in the 34th over as Green’s Josh Haynes (4-6) did the damage with the ball.
Jayden Levitt (30) top scored for Bromsgrove while Ben Tegg (15), Alexei Kervezee (18) and Lewis Cordes (15) were the only other Boars players to reach double figures as their lower order collapsed.
In response, Green got off to a good start as openers George Rhodes and in particular Josh Haynes started confidently, racing to 31 off just four overs.
Haynes (18) was the first back to the pavilion before Kyle Giniotis joined Rhodes to bring up 50 in the eighth over with a lovely boundary through mid-on.
The pair had taken the score to 63 in the 13th over when Rhodes (24) was clean bowled by Ash Newfield (5-31).
Mark Hardinges and Giniotis (37) played sensibly, edging the Green closer to victory before the latter was scampered down the track to Newfield and was stumped by Tegg.
Alex Hepburn came in at five and although the run rate slowed, Green passed 100 in the 23rd over.
However, they quickly slumped from 100-3 to 107-7 in the space of four overs as Hardinges (12), Hepburn (8), Phil Harris (6) and Will Dovey (0) were dismissed.
With just three runs needed to secure victory, Kev Golder and Pat Brown calmed the nerves to give Green the points in the 26th over.
The much-needed victory for Green came after they succumbed to 85-run defeat to league leaders Dorridge on Saturday.
Dorridge batted first and posted a score of 235-4 before rain stopped play in the 46th over.
Aqeel Ahmed (68), Joe Dodd (50 no) and Laurie Evans (65) were the mainstays of Dorridge’s innings.
Green were set a Duckworth Lewis target of 235 to win off 37 overs after rain limited play and after Hepburn (5) and Giniotis (7) departed early, Rhodes (46) and Hardinges (30) put on a strong partnership to steady the ship.
However, the wickets continued to fall and as the light got worse, the umpires eventually abandoned the game with Green on 150-7 with seven overs left to bowl.
Green sit seventh in the table following the Bank Holiday fixtures, 59 points clear of second-from-bottom Old Hill with three games to play.
Green travel to Attock on Saturday.
KEMPSEY moved into the Division Three promotion spots after they picked up three batting bonus points in their abandoned fixture at Netherton.
The visitors were put into bat after losing the toss but a strong batting display from Simon Dorrell (35), Chris Jones (54), Samuel O’Neill (69 no) and Zakary O’Neill (39 no) saw Kempsey 204-2 from 43 overs before the match was called to a halt.
After picking up eight points for their performance, including the three bonus points, Kempsey moved one point ahead of Old Vigornians with three games to play.
Kempsey travel to Himbleton on Saturday knowing victory is crucial if they wish to make it back-to-back promotions.
MALVERN remain in the relegation zone in Division Three after they saw their clash at Bartestree & Lugwardine fall foul of the weather.
After winning the toss and choosing to bat, Malvern reached 102-7 before their innings succumbed to the elements.
David Cox and Rob Francis both top scored with 25 for Malvern who sit 24 points behind third-from-bottom Barnards Green Thirds with three fixtures remaining.
Malvern face a crunch clash against basement club Cleobury Mortimer on Saturday.
HANLEY CASTLE & UPTON saw their Division Four clash against fellow relegation battlers Alveley fall foul of the weather.
Hanley batted first and were bowled out for just 170 in the 46th over with Rory Mathews (22), Ollie Price (26) and Harry Tippell hitting the majority of the runs.
Tom Guy (4-27) got the lion’s share of the wickets for an Alveley side who never got the chance to bat as rain abandoned play.
Hanley picked up six points from the game and sit 22 points above the drop zone with three games to go.
They face second-from-bottom Halesowen Thirds on Saturday.
WEST MALVERN ended their Division Five campaign with a winning draw at home to Barnt Green Thirds.
Green won the toss and chose to bat before posting an imposing target of 241-7 from their 50 overs.
Ed Rhodes top scored with 48 which was backed up by useful contributions from opener Tom Clarke (43) and Gus McKay (44).
In response, West Malvern reached the winning draw target with a score of 114-7.
Opener Steve Wright (22) top scored for West Malvern who will now ply their trade in Division Four next season after finishing the campaign in second.