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KIDDERMINSTER didn’t quite beat a stubborn Barnt Green side who dug in to claim a draw after a low-scoring Birmingham League Premier One game at Cherry Hill.

The win looked on the cards for Kiddy having cut the green to 87 for nine in their pursuit of a 138 goal.

But Andy Sutton and Adam Hines’ last pair of wickets didn’t budge as they survived no less than 112 balls.

Former Worcestershire fly-half Matt Pardoe with 38 and Sinel Gunarathne put up 51 for the opening partnership after Kidderminster took the opening strike.

Further contributions from Barney Morgan with 28 and Josh Tidmarsh on 17 saw Kiddy post a total of 137 all in the 53rd.

Reliable Andy Sutton continued his rich vein of form with the ball taking five for 33 from 14.3 overs and found himself well supported by Robbie Shurmer who took two for 21 while Hines claimed two for 29 .

In response, the Greens had no answer to the opening onslaught of Kiddy Strike bowlers Liam Weston and Chris Steele and quickly found themselves struggling at 45 for six.

Weston tore up the sets taking six for 28 while Steele finished on two for 51.

At 87 for nine, it looked like the Green had given up the ghost, but Sutton and Hines had different ideas.

Kiddy’s bowlers were unable to win the final pair, with Sutton remaining unbeaten on 13 not knocked out while Hines finished on nine not knocked out as the Greens drew a draw on 111 for nine at the end.

Halesowen came within five points of a shock win over table top Smethwick.

This was after Halesowen had received a revised target of 166 to chase in the space of 31 overs.

Smethwick had previously posted a 228-for-five total from a full 55-over award before the rain arrived, reducing Halesowen’s response.

Former County batsman Kadeer Ali netted 80 while skipper Rawait Khan added 75 not knocked out, with the pair putting up 119 for the third wicket.

Rajpal Beniwal then hit a quick 42 to increase Smethwick’s tally after being reduced to 32 for three at one step through bowling from Halesowen’s James Rudge and Harry Kitchen who both captured a few wickets.

Halesowen resumed the hunt when play resumed, Simon Gregory leading the charge with 37 but his team just missed 161 for eight.

HIMLEY helped himself to an easy six-wicket win over Bridgnorth in the Premier Two,

Himley’s excellent bowling took Bridgnorth for a well-below par 133 in the 47th.

Matt Jeavoirs made a real impression with the ball taking five for 53 and was well supported by James Lunn with three for 25 from 14 overs while Ben Robinson pocketed two for 24.

Open batsman Callum Lea then broke through a loaded boundary of 46 before skipper Ollie Westbury saw his side cross the line on 135 for four scoring a much more patient 28.

Bromsgrove remain on the heels of league leaders Wolverhampton after emphatically overcoming Walsall by 64 points.

After losing their open batsmen with just nine runs on the board, Bromsgrove recovered to reach 153 after just 41 overs.

Ash Newfield stabilized the innings with 41 after Wahib Shahid with four for 32, Jordan Bulpitt three for 48 and Raven Chahal who took three for 40 caused the initial damage.

However, Walsall’s shaky stick was quickly exposed in response as they were reduced to 33 for six at one point before finally succumbing at 89 all.

Alex Wilkinson was in superb form with the ball taking four for 32 while Connor Smith claimed three for 25.

It meant Warwickshire’s Liam Norwell was unlikely to make much of an impact after picking up figures of two-for-five from 6.4 overs.

Bromsgrove travel to Barnards Green this Saturday to keep the pressure on Wolverhampton as Himley, who moved up to fourth, welcome fifth in the Dorridge table.

In Premier One, Kidderminster face champions Berkswell at Chester Road while Halesowen take on bottom-of-the-table Ombersley at home.

Barnt Green, second, visits Shrewsbury.

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