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Rain fails to put a dampener on Wellington; BIRMINGHAM LEAGUE ROUND-UP.

Byline: Nick Pullen

WELLINGTON were the only side to benefit from a rainruined Birmingham League Whitsun Bank Holiday programme when they inflicted an eight-wicket defeat on Kidderminster Victoria in a match reduced to 27 overs.

The Shropshire side won an all-important toss and inserted Kiddy on a damp Orleton Park wicket.

With key batsmen Matt Pardoe and Neil Pinner both on Worcestershire duty, it was left to Craig Wood to continue his fine start to the season by cracking 45, while Andy Kimberlin kept him company with 29 as Kiddy accumulated a slightly below-par 120 for six.

In reply, Wellington reached a winning 122 for two with 16 balls to spare.

Former Nottinghamshire player Bilal Shafayat led the charge with 54 not out while South African Wendell Wagner added 31 not out as the pair put on 76 for an unbeaten thirdwicket partnership. Seamer Gareth Williams proved the pick of Kiddy's bowling attack by grabbing both wickets to fall to finish with figures of two for 18.

The result means Kiddy pick up just one point to leave themselves hovering above the drop zone after five games. The remainder of the Birmingham League programme had to be abandoned.

Aldridge will stage a benefit match for Warwickshire's England batting star Ian Bell on June 10.

The match will take the form of a Twenty20 contest, which will be followed by a pig roast, auction and disco.

If rain rules out any play, the England batsman will take centre stage in a question and answer session.

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Date:May 31, 2011
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