September 26th, 2016

Dorridge ease relegation worries with victory over

DORRIDGE improved their survival chances in the Birmingham League Premier Division with a convincing eight-wicket win against Brockhampton.

David Ball and Craig Kirsten both took wickets as the bottom-of-the-table visitors struggled for runs at Grange Road.

Then Mo Ishtiaq smacked a 55-ball 68 to steer Dorridge home in just the 27th over.

Victory leaves third-from-bottom Doridge  28 points ahead of Wolverhampton who lie in 11th place, one point ahead of Brockhampton.

Dorridge will need to step up their performance again on Saturday when they head to table-toppers Shrewsbury.

Brockhampton won the toss and decided to bat but never looked in control.

Kirsten and Ball took two early wickets to leave the score 11-2 and only a battling 55 from Wiltshire’s Henry Langford looked likely to turn matters around.

Ball finished with three for 29 and Craig Kirsten three for 33 while Mahroof Azam (2-41) and Ali Ebad (2-45) also took wickets to dismiss Brockhampton for 168 in the 53rd over.

There were no such problems for Dorridge as Ishtiaq (68) and Valeed Butt (38) put on 99 for the first wicket.

Ball then finished the job off with an unbeaten 46 off 44 balls, with Joe Dodd adding 12 not out as Dorridge coasted home.

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