BARNT Green secured their place in the Twenty20 Challenge Cup semi-finals following a seven-wicket win over Ombersley, which followed a win by the same margin over Kidderminster in the Birmingham & District Premier Division One a day earlier.
The Green reduced Ombersley to 105-8 during Sunday’s cup game, before passing the host’s target in the 14th over.
Fielding first after winning the toss, Barnt Green’s Henry Marshall was on top of his game to take four wickets for 11 runs, while Daniel Meredith (2-9) and Jacques Banton (2-16) claimed a brace each.
Liam Gwynne (33) and Edward Baylis (19) put on 38, but the visitors were always confident of beating the total that was set.
Losing just three wickets, Banton (32) and Dominic Harding (24 not out) formed a partnership of 45 before the former went at 63-3.
It allowed Harding to see the game through with William Baker (16) with 40 balls to spare.
On the previous day at Kidderminster’s Chester Road, Matthew Lamb was the star of the show after taking 3-13 in the first innings, before hitting an unbeaten 62 to help The Green earn a second league win of the season.
Barnt Green put Kidderminster into bat and quickly reduced the hosts to 71-8 before a late stand of 77 from Chris Steele (31) and Liam Weston (47) in the ninth wicket made the visitor’s job slightly more difficult than it first appeared.
Edward Pollock was gone from the first ball, but 67 from Oliver Stone (20) and Rheedyi Amin (55), followed by 52 from Lamb and Harding (10 not out) later in the innings earned Barnt Green a win inside 25 overs.
Barnt Green face a double-header at Cherry Hill Road at the weekend, hosting Walsall on Saturday (12 noon) before the visit of Knowle & Dorridge on Sunday (1pm) in an ECB Club Championship Group 7 game.