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10th September 2012
Having led the table since the end of May, the Premier Division crown lies, firmly, within Walsall’s grasp following their outstanding four wicket win at Kidderminster Victoria and nearest challengers Himley’s unexpected nine wicket defeat at last year’s Champions Barnt Green.
Walsall require two points from their final game of the season, at home to Brockhampton, to clinch the title after completing their eleventh win of the season at Chester Road.
Worcestershire pair Neil Pinner (81) and Matt Pardoe (80) shared a stand of 160 for the second Kidderminster wicket as their side reached 244 for seven at the end of 55 overs after being inserted.
Spinners David Powles (3 for 69) and Paul Byrne (3 for 71) were the most successful bowlers but it was the opening batsmen James Middleton (58) and Simon Harding (45) who set the tone for the Walsall reply, adding 103 before they were parted.
Undaunted by the absence of Overseas Player Christiaan Jonker and Contracted Player Jack Manuel, Walsall strode to a four wicket victory, helped by an unbeaten 54 from Alex McChristie who continues to fill the gap left by the missing duo.
Himley, seeking 24 points to move level with Walsall, elected to bat first at Barnt Green and were soon in trouble, losing Chris Tranter to the first ball of the innings.
Worse was to follow, as they slipped to 13 for three, after six overs, but Greg Wright (47) steadied the ship, taking the score to 97 before he was the fifth wicket to fall.
From 114 for seven, things improved, thanks to an eighth wicket stand of 57 between Ben Smith (58 not out) and Ashfak Hussein (36), but their final total of 186 was no match for a Barnt Green side, who raced to victory off the first ball of the 44th over.
James Ord finished unbeaten on 102 and Tom Burton was 61 not out at the close. Berkswell coasted to their ninth success of the season but they can, only, equal Walsall’s points total and Walsall will take precedence with more victories during the season.
Although David Bailey hit 60, Leamington were dismissed for 155 with Ed Rainsford taking 4 for 26, before Dominic Ostler hit 47 to steer Berkswell to a result that condemns Leamington to relegation with Wellington.
The Shropshire side elected to bat first at Wolverhampton and made a decent total of 220 for seven, thanks to Patrick Howells (44), Wendell Wagner (40) and Ross Aucott (40).
15 years old Mikesh Patel starred with the ball for Wolverhampton with 4 for 51. In reply, Aaron Jeavons (105), Vishal Tripathi (44) and Karl Quiney (35) eased Wolverhampton to a six wicket win with more than 13 overs in hand.
Ateeq Javid (74), Navdeep Poonia (49) and Naheem Sajjad (38) took West Bromwich Dartmouth to 208 all out at Knowle & Dorridge with Warwickshire’s Steffan Piolet and Will Mottram picking up three wickets apiece before David Hemp (54 not out), David Smith (55) and Sam Reddish (40 not out) saw K & D to a comfortable eight wicket victory.
Two sides who are locked in mid-table met in Herefordshire and the result was a predictable draw with visitors Shrewsbury totalling 220 for nine and Brockhampton responding with 187 for nine.
Ed Foster warmed up for tomorrow’s Graham Williamson Trophy Final at Wellington with 72 and Alex Blofield hit 41 with David Exall (3 for 40) and Chris Boroughs (3 for 97) the most successful bowlers for Brockhampton.
Boroughs (45), Henry Langford (38) and Chris Powell (32 not out) were the main contributors for Brockhampton with Elliott Green finishing with 4 for 49 for Shrewsbury.