Green shoots of recovery at last for strugglers
BARNT Green finally got their Birmingham League campaign up and running with a vital 129- run victory over fellow Premier Division strugglers Wolverhampton.
Asked to bat first, the Green got off to a dreadful start when they lost Ed Pollock after just three balls. Andy Sutton ( 71) was then joined by George Hargrave ( 58) and they put on 119 for the second wicket.
Wolves bowlers Aaron Patel ( four for 53) and Babar Khan ( four for 36) triggered a collapse as the Green went from 171 for three to 192 all out. It proved of little consequence as Wolves’ batting completely crumbled against the new- ball attack of Sutton and Adam Hines.
At one stage they were wobbling on 33 for nine before Patel and Khan provided a bit of belated resistance before being bowled out for just 63.
Skipper Sutton led from the front with three for 18 while Hines picked up four for 11 as the Green registered their first success of the season and exchanged places at the bottom with Wolves.
Champions Knowle and Dorridge fell to a four- wicket defeat by West Bromwich Dartmouth, who went second as a result. New Zealander George Worker struck 97 but lacked support as they were dismissed for 220.
Amit John gave Dartmouth a solid start in reply with 44 but it was Andrew Umeed who produced a match- winning innings with 91 not out.
Dorridge suffered a five- run reverse against Kenilworth Wardens in a low- scoring affair. Wardens were bowled out for 129 as Dorridge skipper David Ball took three for 31 while Ali Ebad picked up four for 57, but Dorridge struggled to make headway with the bat and were 124 all out.