CRICKET - Barnt Green keep pressure on leaders with win against Knowle and Dorridge - The Bromsgrove Standard

CRICKET - Barnt Green keep pressure on leaders with win against Knowle and Dorridge

BARNT Green’s 1st XI maintained the pressure at the top of the Birmingham League Division 1 table as they thrashed third-placed Knowle and Dorridge.

Having asked their hosts to bat first Andy Sutton (2-13) and Cameron Jones (2-17) removed both openers in their first overs to leave Knowle and Dorridge reeling on 2-2.

A stubborn 42 from George Maddy was the only significant contribution as Barnt Green took regular wickets to bowl K and D out for just 117.

This target was never going to be enough and Jaques Banton (46) and Matt Lamb (36 not out) made light work of the task as Barnt Green won with 30 overs to spare for the loss of just three wickets.

The result means Barnt Green remain second in the table and host Kidderminster this weekend.

Barnt Green 2nds had to settle for a draw in their home match against Hagley 1sts.

Batting first, Barnt Green reached 249 off their 50 overs, a score built around Harrison Moncreiffe (111) who was well supported by Archie Greaves-Hall (36) and Darc Brown (37).

However, any hopes of a victory were stifled by opposition captain Michael Stead (71 not out) who batted solidly to steer Hagley to the draw, Abdullah Tahir 3-53 was the pick of the Barnt Green bowlers.

Barnt Green’s 3rd XI beat Pershore 2nds by five runs in a tight finish to claim a thirlling victory.

Batting first, Barnt Green posted a good total of 244 off their 45 overs courtesy of Fred Hanson (73), Ben Whitton (39) and Adam Potter (42 not out).

And Barnt Green then bowled Pershore out for 239 with Theo Mugglestone 3-40 the pick of the bowlers.

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