Prem crown just a point away for K& D

Solihull News - - SPORT -

KNOWLE and Dor­ridge need just one point from their fi­nal fix­ture to be crowned Birm­ing­ham League cham­pi­ons.

The Sta­tion Road side al­ready have one hand firmly on the ti­tle af­ter beat­ing Om­ber­s­ley by 58 runs, cour­tesy of the Duck­worth Lewis Sys­tem.

Once again, Ge­orge Worker was in full flow, notch­ing his ninth cen­tury on the way to 124 from 90 balls. It takes Worker’s tally to a stag­ger­ing 1,596 run this sea­son as the Kiwi con­tin­ues to re- write the league record books.

Open­ing part­ner Alex Phillips scored 15, tak­ing him past the 1,000- run mark, while fur­ther con­tri­bu­tions came from Ateeq Javid, with 28, Oli Ha­ley, 33, and skip­per Sam Red­dish, 28 not out.

They en­abled Knowle and Dor­ridge to post an im­pos­ing to­tal of 248 for four from a re­duced 34 overs.

A fur­ther de­lay for rain left Om­ber­s­ley chas­ing a re­vised 209 from 25 overs, which was then re­duced to 20 overs when play came to a halt with them on 126 for eight.

K& D head for Shrewsbury on Satur­day in search of the point they re­quire, while their hosts are the only side who can pre­vent them from tak­ing the ti­tle.

In an­other twist, Shrewsbury play­ers packed the bound­ary at Sta­tion Road for the lat­ter stages of the tie hav­ing rolled over next- door neigh­bours Dor­ridge by 10 wick­ets.

That was af­ter Dor­ridge had been dis­missed for just 53 runs in 15.2 overs. Mike Barnard took three for 17 to take his to­tal tally of wick­ets for the sea­son to 55, over­tak­ing Dor­ridge pair David Ball, on 54, and James Ayres, 52.

Open­ers Ol­lie West­bury and Will Par­ton then knocked off the runs in 11 overs.

De­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Berk­swell bade farewell to their crown fol­low­ing a rain- ru­ined con­test with Ke­nil­worth War­dens. They were 78 for one from 8.4 overs in pur­suit of War­dens’ 168 for nine from 37 overs. Nick James tak­ing 3- 32 for Berk­swell. In re­ply, Mark Best was un­beaten on 54 from 31 balls when the match was aban­doned.

Berk­swell end the sea­son away to Wal­sall while Dor­ridge visit Kid­der­min­ster.

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