17th Sep, 2019

Solihull duo in Birmingham & District Premier Division One fight

Ben Tyler 22nd Aug, 2019

SOLIHULL sides Moseley and Dorridge continue to teeter on the brink of relegation, with both sides losing games at the weekend in Birmingham & District Premier Division One.

With Kenilworth Wardens rock bottom of the division and a loss away from confirming their demotion to Division Two, one further relegation spot is still to be decided, with Dorridge the side that are set to join the Wardens with four matches remaining.

They lost by six wickets away to West Bromwich Dartmouth on Saturday, after being dismissed for 150 in 49 overs before conceding defeat in the 40th over of the hosts’ innings.

Dorridge lost wickets at regular intervals during their batting spell, with David Ball’s effort of 29 the highest-individual tally of runs that the visitors could muster, their struggles epitomised further by the lack of a significant partnership during their time at the crease.

With West Bromwich opening with a partnership of 48 between Amit John (35) and Ismail Mohammed (11), the tone for the innings was set as the hosts sauntered to victory.

Moseley, meanwhile, had similar struggles at the crease, and were unable to match the target of 211 set by hosts Shifnal.

A half-century by Shifnal’s James Sookias (57) added to totals of 40 and 38 by Steven Leach and Ross Aucott respectively to help build a solid score for the hosts, although Jugdip Singh Nandra (2-14) at least provided a highlight for the visiting bowlers.

But after slipping to 43-4, it was always going to be a hurdle too far for Moseley to manage.

The visitors recovered from the early downfall, top scoring through Brinder Phagura (39), but after losing six overs due to the weather and still having a difficult target of 204 to reach, Mose were all out with two overs remaining.

A trip to Kenilworth Wardens awaits Dorridge, in a match that could have huge consequences on both clubs, whilst Moseley host Shrewsbury (both Saturday, noon).

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