KNOWLE & Dorridge were once again indebted to New Zealand international George Worker and bowler Jack Grundy as the reigning Birmingham League Premier Division champions brushed aside struggling Barnt Green by six wickets.
Green opted to bat after winning the toss but had no answer to Worker (6-29) and Grundy (4-49) who tore through the visitors’ batting attack.
In reply Worker (60) set K&D on their way with Will Rigg (30) and Martin Donald (29no) chipping in as K&D eased to 155-4 after 28 overs.
Worker is now the leading run-scorer in the league with 537 runs while Grundy tops the bowling charts with 42 wickets so far.
Skipper Sam Reddish, who was unavailable to play on Saturday, said: “Whenever George does not get a century he always goes and gets a five-fer or more with the ball so he is a great asset to have.
“Barnt Green are stronger on paper than their league position suggests but on the whole it was a comfortable victory for us.
“We need to be faultless if we want to retain our title and that is all part of the challenge so it could be an exciting finish to the season.”
Third-placed K&D travel to Smethwick on Saturday.
Reddish and Will Mottram return to replace Mike Brown and Reuben Astheimer.