Prem crown just a point away for K& D
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.