KNOWLE & Dorridge’s hopes of progressing in the ECB National Club Championship have been put to an end for this season, after being blown away by a Jacques Banton masterclass against Barnt Green.
The Shire had their Birmingham & District Premier Division One clash with Smethwick abandoned due to the weather, but were destined for just as bleak an outcome against the Green – losing by six wickets.
Batting first after Barnt Green won the toss, K&D lost opener Blake Coburn (7) at 17-1, followed by Oliver Haley (6) at 35-2, before a third-wicket partnership of 46 between Alex Phillips (39) and Sam Reddish (28).
From there, the wickets began to fall thick and fast for the visitors, with Banton (5-9) running riot for the hosts.
Reddish was next to go at 99-4, and was quickly followed into the pavilion by Tom Smith (0) and William Rigg (12).
Jack Grundy (9) offered some reprieve alongside Hashim Iqbal (13), before tailenders Chris Cheslin (2) and Nick Sale (1) were dismissed to finish the Knowle & Dorridge innings on 130.
Barnt Green stumbled somewhat at 36-2, losing Edward Pollock (10) from a William Mottram dismissal, and Rheedyi Amin (2) to a Cheslin catch from Grundy’s bowling.
Banton (59 not out) put together 42 with Dominic Harding (12) – who fell at the third wicket, a ball before William Baker was also dismissed – both dismissals being courtesy of Cheslin (2-51).
From there, Barnt Green stepped it up another gear, as Harding and Peter Scott (26 not out) hit an unbeaten 56 to progress to the Group 7 final of the Championship.
Knowle & Dorridge hope to gain immediate revenge when hosting Barnt Green in the league on Saturday (noon), and close the gap to the top two in the process.