CRICKET: BOTTOM of the table Dorridge recorded their first ever win in the Premier League when they visited leaders West Bromwich Dartmouth on Saturday and came away with a 65 run victory.
Dorridge lost the toss and were asked to bat first on a good wicket and Val Butt and Arran Thomason started with a partnership of 41 in 12 overs before Thomason (17) became Aqsad Ali’s first victim when adjudged lbw.
Captain Dave Ball came to the wicket and he and Butt added 69 when Butt was stumped by ex-Dorridge player Ian Stevenson for 45.
Jamie Atkinson went for 16 before Maverick Perry smashed 45 off 37 runs which included 13 scoring shots in a row. He and Ball added 77 off 65 balls before Ball was caught for an excellent 84, leaving Dorridge on 207-4 off 33 overs. When Perry was run out by Sajid, Dorridge started swinging the bat looking for quick runs only to see the last 6 wickets fall for 39 runs and they were all out for 246 with one ball remaining. Aqsad Ali bowled an excellent line and length, returning figures of 5-27.
Dartmouth’s reply began with ex-Worcs player Kadir Ali and Zaman facing Thomason and Ball but they were both back in the pavilion after only 6 overs to make the home side 25-2. Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals with only Zeeshan Asif with 78 troubling the scorers. Sajid was the only other player to reach 20 as he and Asif put on 46 but Dartmouth were dismissed for 181 with Thomason taking 3-63 and Ball wrapping up the Man of the Match award with 2-31.
Dorridge are at home on Saturday against Barnt Green.
The 2nds played only their second game of the season due to the bad weather and were soundly beaten by West Bromwich Dartmouth. The visitors won the toss elected to bat and watched as openers Jiva (116) and Roberts (52) put on 117 on a spinning wicket. Aqeeb with 2-63 and Steve Hooper with a miserly 0-29 off 10 overs could not prevent Dartmouth from finishing on 281-5.
Dorridge’s reply was a dismal one with only Andy Thornley (45) putting up a fight as they collapsed to 153 all out. Spinners Hobbis (3-22) and John (2-18) took the bowling honours.