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Javid wastes no time in defeating the league leaders.

Byline: Nick Pullen

WEST Bromwich Dartmouth became the first side to lower Barnt Green's colours in the Birmingham League Premier Division this season after securing a five-wicket win at Sandwell Park.

The Green failed to put enough runs on the board after being restricted to 197 for nine from a reduced 49 overs.

Richard Wilkinson top scored with 42 while Keiron Rees (39no) and skipper Dougie Brown (34) provided some belated impetus to the innings.

But the Green soon found themselves on the backfoot in reply as Warwickshire's promising Ateeq Javid smashed a quickfire 59 from 44 balls.

Although Dartmouth slumped slightly to 109 for five, an unbeaten sixth wicket partnership of 91 from Ruki De Silva, who struck 56, and skipper Guriq Randhawa (39) was enough to see their side home on 200 for five.

Knowle and Dorridge have now climbed into second spot, cutting Barnt Green's lead to eight points in the process, after a four-wicket win over reigning champions Shrewsbury.

Neil Coley and Will Mottram both helped themselves to three wickets as Shrewsbury made a modest 142 all out.

Former Warwickshire player Luke Parker then plundered 46 as the Station Road side reached a 146 for six.

Himley slipped from second spot after being held to a draw by Kidderminster Victoria at Stourbridge Road.

Put into bat, Kiddy posted 217 all out as skipper Jonathan Wright led from the front with 65. Himley were held in check at 176 for seven at the close, Greg Wright top scoring with 42.

Walsall were 88-run winners over bottom side Smethwick.

Runs proved hard to find as Walsall were all out for 140 on a damp Gorway track where Aurrol Kirnon continued his fine form with the ball by bagging four for 29.

Smethwick then completely collapsed in reply to just 58 all out, South African Christiaan Jonker claiming five for 29 while Colin Griggs grabbed four for 17.

Moseley's contest with Wolverhampton came to an abrupt halt when the umpires called an end to play owing to bad light.

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Quickfire: Ateeq Javid.
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Date:Jun 27, 2011
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