BARNARDS GREEN’S hopes of clinching promotion from Division One of the Birmingham League appear to be over after they slumped to a seven-wicket defeat at league leaders Smethwick.
Smethwick won the toss and elected to field before skittling the North End Lane outfit out for 129 in the 48th over.
Josh Haynes (54) top scored on a difficult afternoon for Green at Broomfield as George Rhodes (10), Alex Hepburn (19), Kyle Giniotis and skipper Phil Harris (13) were the only other players to reach double figures.
Indian Premier League’s Amitoze Singh (4-25) and Sukhjit Singh (4-24) did the damage with the ball for Smethwick who wasted no time in reaching 130-3 in their response.
Despite Smethwick’s opener Waqar Salim dismissed for one and Shaurya Sharma sent packing for ten, Amitoze’s unbeaten 58 backed up by Mohammed Sheikh (31 no) and Vignesh Venkatasubramanian (23) guided the league leaders to victory in the 32nd over.
COLWALL put their disappointing defeat to mid-table Bewdley quickly behind them as they claimed a 43-run victory over Worcestershire County League Division One basement club Oldswinford and Stourbridge Social.
Winning the toss and electing to bat, Colwall reached a score of 208-8 from their 50 overs before limiting the home side to 165-9 to walk away with the 20 points to put their promotion hunt back on track.
KEMSPEY’S five-game winning streak came to a crashing end as they succumbed to a four-wicket defeat at the hands of fellow Division Three promotion hopefuls Old Vigorians.
Vigorians won the toss and elected to field and looked to have put Kempsey in trouble at 130-3 from 30 overs.
However, a strong 84 from Samuel O’Neill backed up by namesake Zakary (24) and Chris Jones (40) steadied the ship for Kempsey.
Kempsey were eventually bowled out for 227 in the 48th over courtesy of a career best from Vigorians’ George Painter who took five wickets for 14 runs.
In their response, Vigorians reached 228-6 in the 49th over with the help of some strong batting from top scorers Osman Fiaz (51) and Painter (51) as well as Chris Drew (38) and Ben O’Hickey (32 no).
MALVERN sit 26 points adrift of safety in Division Three after losing by seven wickets to league leaders Harborne.
After losing the toss and being put into bat, Malvern were skittled out for 142 with skipper Neil Thompson (37) and opening batsman Thomas Fairclough (29) the only players to add a sizable contribution.
Greg Adams (4-30) got the lion’s share of the wickets backed up by Kit Smith (3-18) and Alex Reynolds (2-25).
Despite Harborne’s opener Alex Lane dismissed for a duck, Tom Nicholson’s 73 and Jamie Hall’s unbeaten 38 guided the league leaders to 143-3 after 27 overs.
HANLEY CASTLE & UPTON boosted their chances of avoiding the drop from Division Four with a confidence boosting one wicket victory over Shropshire-based Claverley.
Claverley reached 156-9 from their reduced innings of 33.4 overs with Tom Grainger and Adrian Webster both top scoring with 42.
Despite seven of Hanley’s players not reaching double figures, the home side managed to secure victory courtesy of a strong 48 not out from Grant Mathews at number ten.
Rory Mathews (38) and Barton Mathews (18) helped push the score to 157-9 despite the best efforts of Claverley bowler Ryan Mills who took five wickets for 32 runs.
WEST MALVERN sit just one point off the promotion places in Division Five following their five-wicket victory at Redditch Entaco Thirds.
After winning the toss and electing to field, Malvern bowled their opponents out for 153 in the 48th over.
The visitors wasted no time in securing the victory as Malvern eased their way to 20 points with a score of 156-5 in the 37th over.