17th Jul, 2019

Thumping victory sets up Knowle & Dorridge up for crunch clashes

Craig Gibbons 22nd Jun, 2018

SKIPPER Sam Reddish says he was ‘chuffed to bits’ with Knowle & Dorridge’s comprehensive 172-run victory over Ombersley in the Birmingham League Premier Division.

After winning the toss at Station Road, Reddish made the brave decision to bat on a used wicket but his choice paid dividends as the reigning league champions set a daunting score of 288-7 from their allotted 50 overs.

New Zealand international George Worker hit 86 while fellow opener Alex Phillips knocked 59 off a steady 105 balls.

Tom Smith (46), Reddish (39) and Jack Grundy (30) were the other big hitters.

Grundy then took 4-41 while Chris Cheslin took 4-40 as Ombersley were skittled out for 116 in 45 overs in their reply.

The result leaves K&D second in the table, six points behind leaders Shrewsbury.

“I was chuffed to bits with the performance as we are slowly getting to where we want to be,” said Reddish.

“We set ourselves a great total on what was a very used wicket.

“Our performance with the bat gave us a great opportunity to win the game which we did thanks to some excellent bowling from Jack and Chris.

“They were superb and getting Ombersley at 1-2 inside two overs made things so much easier.”

K&D now turn their attentions to the huge clash away to local rivals Berkswell, who lie fifth in the standings and seven points behind K&D, on Saturday.

With games against Dorridge and Shrewsbury on the horizon, Reddish told the Observer a positive result against Berkswell was not pivotal to their season, but important nonetheless.

“There is plenty of time and it is important we take it game by game,” he added.

“We always have a good game against Berkswell and I am sure they will want to win the game just as much as we want to.

“Our next three games are massive so if we can come away with wins or winning draws in all of those we will be in a really good position going forward.”

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