SOLIHULL Blossomfield ensured a return to Warwickshire League Division One at the first time of asking with a winning draw at home to Lyndworth on Saturday – a result which also sees them crowned champions.
With heavy rain falling for most of the day it looked as though the league would be clinched without a ball being bowled.
However, an unexpected halt in the rain meant a 28 over per side game would take place and with news of nearest rivals Moseley Ashfield forcing a result coming through, Bloss knew that 16 points or more would see them crowned champions with a game to spare.
The visitors Lyndworth won the toss and asked their hosts to bat first but in pursuit of quick runs wickets fell at regular intervals.
Richard Weaver was the glue that held the innings together as he made a determined 31 as others fell around him. Harvey Satterthwaite added 26 undefeated runs at the back end of the innings to help Bloss reach 153 for 8 from their 28 overs.
Seven wickets were required for the title providing Lyndworth did not reach their victory target and fittingly wickets were shared around equally as the title was clinched with a fine team bowling display.
Nathan Myers, Harvey Satterthwaite, Christopher Kinman and Naveed Bashir all picked up two wickets while young seamer Jack Felton also grabbed one of his own as the visitors eventually ending up 18 runs short of their victory target.
The win was a culmination of a lot of hard work off the field from the club as they made a concerted effort to help the club rise back to where they feel they belong & they will be aiming to make it back-to-back promotions next season.
The league season will finish on Saturday at home to already relegated Wishaw.