BARNT Green earned a winning draw against Kenilworth Wardens in Birmingham & District Premier Division One, prior to reaching the final of the Graham Williamson Trophy with a 17-run victory over Warwickshire Academy.
The Greens hit 350-1 against the Wardens, but felt great frustration in being unable to claim the final three wickets, with Kenilworth only managing 181-7 in Saturday’s game.
Edward Pollock came agonisingly close to hitting a double-century, when falling three runs short with 197, while Oliver Stone (135) was the sole wicket to tumble at 296-1.
Andrew Sutton took 4-40, but the failure to run out the bottom-side means Barnt Green themselves sit narrowly outside of the relegation zone at present.
Nevertheless, they atoned for their league disappointment by navigating past Warwickshire Academy on Sunday by 17 runs.
Batting first after Warwickshire elected to field, opener Jacques Banton hit 77, while Rheedyi Amin was close to a century before being caught by bowler Roshan Balaji for 95.
After being set a revised target of 222, Warwickshire opener Ben Chapman-Lilley (42) and David Burnell (85) put together useful tallies, though Sutton again was in top form to take 3-26.
Whilst the top order batted well for Warwickshire, the middle order and tailenders failed to accrue the required runs needed, falling short on 204-8 from their 37 overs.
Barnt Green are back in action on Saturday, when visiting Kidderminster (12 noon).
CHADDESLEY Corbett suffered a third consecutive loss in the Worcestershire County League Premier Division, dropping them down to fourth after a five wicket loss to Worcester – while there were victories for the club’s second and third XI’s.
Winning the toss and electing to bat on their home turf at Fox Lane, Chaddesley Corbett got off to a steady start, with openers Mohammed Sajid and Tahseel Ahmadzai hitting 18 and 15 runs respectively, prior to the latter’s dismissal at 44-1.
Sajid was next to go at 67-2, before Chaddesley lost another three wickets in quick succession to appear in an ominous position at 71-5.
Waqas Ahmed helped the cause with 31 runs when stepping in as the ninth batsman, but his side were eventually bowled all out for 137, following Ikram Mussadaq’s (4) dismissal for an lbw.
Worcester opener Henry Lewis (30) top scored for his side before being caught by Waqas Ahmed from the bowling of Yasir Mehmood – who took 3-40.
Joseph Blight (25) and Mohammad Adeel (24, not out) added to the visitor’s tally, as they comfortably surpassed Chaddesley Corbett’s total in the 41st over.
The first XI will be keen to end their winless run away to Stourport-on-Severn on Saturday (1pm).
Meanwhile, the club’s second string eased to a nine-wicket win away to Feckenham in Worcestershire County League Division Five.
Putting the hosts into bat after winning the toss, Usman Ahmed (2-6) and Zishan Ali (2-41) played a considerable role in keeping Feckenham’s run count down to 164-8 from their 50 overs – despite Jaydan Houghton and Santosh Kokkirala both hitting 28 each.
Chaddesley Corbett put their opponents to the sword and comfortably saw themselves home in the 22nd over, with Holden Whitaker (52) and Chris Mole (57) both achieving unbeaten half-centuries to earn a comfortable win.
They look to build on their win when visiting Worcester Nomads on Saturday (1pm).
Old Halesonians also felt the wrath of another Chaddesley Corbett side, being beaten by the third XI by a comfortable 147 runs in Division 11.
Deep Hanjra (69) and Mohammed Husnain (67) hit top scores, as Chaddesley were bowled out for 216 in the 41st over, before sweeping aside their opponents with an efficient display of bowling.
Nafees Hussain took 5-22 and Hanjra 3-9 to seal a win after just 22 overs bowled.
They next face Bewdley away a week on Saturday (1pm).