Green shoots of re­cov­ery at last for strug­glers

Solihull News - - SPORT -

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.

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