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21st Sep, 2021

Bal's best not enough for Wardens

Correspondent 4th Aug, 2021

A BIRMINGHAM Premier League career-best tally from Amun Bal failed to prevent Kenilworth Wardens slipping to a four-wicket Division Two home defeat at the hands of Dorridge.

The medium-pacer claimed 4-43 from 12 tidy overs as the home side battled to defend their inadequate 126 all out.

However, led by skipper Ben Shepparson’s best-of-the-day 39 the visitors cruised past their target in only 30.4 overs.

Veteran Aussie pro David Ball had earlier caused Wardens plenty of problems, taking 4-34 from 17 overs while new ball partner Roshan Venkataraman (3-31)and Jack Mills (3-25) also claimed three wickets apiece.

After losing the toss, home opener Keith Bell battled his way to a 92-ball 33 but he was eventually the sixth man out. Andy Leering (24) and Tommy Rex (23no) then fought hard in the company of the lower order as Wardens were bowled out for 126 in 45 overs.

Although Bal claimed two early wickets, Luke James struck six boundaries in a breezy 26 to ensure Dorridge made early inroads to their target.

And when Grant Harrison joined Shepparson in a 45-run fourth-wicket stand, the visitors had the finish line in their sights.

* OLI Currill snapped up 4-25 to fire Leamington to a four-wicket win against visitors West Bromwich Dartmouth in their Premier Division Two fixture.

Currill’s display helped skittle Dartmouth for just 112, with Nabeel Ashgar taking 2-17 and Matthew Davison 2-21.

Luke De Souza (32) and Harrison Smith (21) gave Leamington a steady start to their reply with a 48-run opening stand before De Souza and Umar Siddique Khan (31) added 50 runs together to take them within sight of victory. Dartmouth, however, hit back to take five wickets for eight runs to spark a wobble before Chris Calcott (11no) and Waqar Ahmed (1no) saw them home.

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