CRICKET: KNOWLE and Dorridge cruised to victory against Brockhampton at the weekend to continue their strong Birmingham Premier League form.
After a disappointing defeat to Kenilworth Wardens last week, K&D bounced back with an emphatic 297 run win against the Herefordshire-based side.
Brockhampton won the toss and decided to put the visiting team into bat.
Knowle and Dorridge welcomed New Zealand international and overseas professional for the 2017 campaign – George Worker – into the side, who opened the batting with Alex Phillips.
The pair put on an outstanding display with an opening partnership of 305.
Worker made an impressive 183 from 136 balls on debut, which included 27 fours and six sixes.
He was eventually dismissed by Brockhampton’s Dominic Badger.
Alex Phillips scored an unbeaten 182 from 148 balls with 24 fours and a pair of sixes – he was supported by Ateeq Javid who joined Phillips at the crease to add 21 runs to the board, before K&D skipper Sam Reddish called the pair in to declare the innings at 399-1 from 50 overs.
Brockhampton have made a slow start to the season with just one win in their opening fixtures.
And this trend continued as the home side were bowled out for 102 in reply.
K&D opening bowler Henry Brookes got the away side off the mark with the wickets of both Brockhampton opening batsmen.
Brookes finished his spell of seven overs with figures of two wickets for 31 runs.
Fellow opening bowler Will Mottram (32/1) then dismissed Brockhampton’s number three Joe Crichard, who top scored with 33.
Ateeq Javid and Ben Brookes took the remaining wickets with Javid bowling six overs and taking two wickets for just 23 runs.
But it was Brookes who stole the show with the ball, who took Brockhampton’s final wicket of Oliver Rogoff to complete his spell with figures of five wickets for 15 runs.
After the game, K&D skipper Sam Reddish said: “After the disappointing defeat last week we were determined to get back to winning ways on Saturday.
“To come away with the win in the manor we did showed a great deal of character from the lads.
“We welcomed George Worker this week and it was a real please to watch him and Alex bat.
“The range of shots the pair played in their opening stand of 305 was superb.”