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James the key man for K& D as they chase down Himley; BIRMINGHAM LEAGUE.

Byline: DAVID LAWRENCE

All-rounder Nick James once again proved the catalyst for Knowle & Dorridge's impressive three-wicket win at Himley.

And with their title rivals falling by the wayside, the Premier Division silverware looks set to return to Station Road after Walsall's three-year domination of the competition.

James returned four for 30 as Himley struggled to 140 all out with Stuart Wedge (33no) putting up the best opposition.

He then hit a valuable 42 which, with Attiq Chishti's 47, steadied the innings after an early wobble. K& D eased home with more than ten overs in hand.

Wolverhampton retained second place but slipped further behind the leaders after their losing draw at Bromsgrove for whom Ash Newdick was the star turn.

The St Godwald's Park side amassed a huge 281 for eight thanks to Newdick's 120 and his 178 fifth wicket partnership with Tom Green (95). Jack Snape took four of the wickets.

In reply, Dave Wheeldon hit 53 but Wolverhampton were teetering on the edge and only survived thanks to a stubborn last stand from Chris Russell and Oliver Margetts.

Kenilworth Wardens lost a close contest at Moseley by 16 runs despite some decent batting by Martyn Donald (48), James Ord (42) and Shitansu Kotak (40). But their total of 203 all out fell short after the home side had struck 219 for four, Calum MacLeod (56) leading the way.

At the foot of the table, Shrewsbury picked up a three-wicket win at home to Kidderminster Victoria but Leamington's plight worsened as they went down by four wickets at home to Walmley.

The day's other match saw Walsall claim a winning draw at Barnt Green.
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Date:Aug 17, 2009
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