19th May, 2019

Reunions spice up key Knowle & Dorridge fixture

Craig Gibbons 18th May, 2018

SKIPPER Sam Reddish believes Knowle & Dorridge’s Birmingham League Premier Division clash at Kenilworth Wardens this weekend will have a little extra spice to it.

The reigning league champions signed all-rounders Martin Donald and Scott Stenning as well as wicketkeeper Nick Sale from their Warwickshire rivals in the summer and the trio will be involved in Saturday’s encounter at Glasshouse Park.

Reddish returns to the squad after missing Saturday’s 19-run victory over Smethwick and is targeting a third win on the spin to keep up with early pace-setters Shrewsbury and West Bromwich Dartmouth.

“Kenilworth are a bit of a bogey side for us, especially away from home, so we want to try and reverse that this weekend,” said Reddish.

“They have not played at home this year due to the weather so we do not know what to expect in terms of the conditions of the wicket.

“We signed three of their players in the summer and they cannot wait to go back there so early in the season so it should be an interesting game.

“We will do our best to keep our momentum going before we head into the win/lose/draw format.”

K&D had to dig deep to claim victory over basement boys Smethwick and needed to rely on the rest of their squad for runs after New Zealand international George Worker was run out for just seven.

Fellow opener Alex Phillips hit a steady 75 off 105 balls to provide a platform to build as consistent runs from the middle order guided the reigning champions to 237-7 from 50 overs.

Smethwick came close in their reply but fell just short after being bowled out for 218 in the 49th over.

Faisal Shahid (52) top scored while Oliver Haley (3-39) was the pick of the K&D bowlers.

“It was a difficult pitch to play on but it was good to see the rest of the guys chipping in with runs,” said Reddish.

“We got ourselves into an average position but the lads stuck together to pull us through.

“We were not at our most clinical but if you’re winning games when not at your best then that’s a positive to take.”

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