Pinner backing attack to shine

Skipper Neil Pinner expects Kidderminster’s bowling attack to be their strength as they target a top half finish in the Birmingham League’s Premier Division One.

Neil Pinner.
Neil Pinner.

Worcestershire academy seamer Ben Parker heads up the list of winter arrivals at Chester Road, while Pinner will also be able to call on Herefordshire’s Barney Morgan.

The addition of young Warwickshire wicketkeeper-batsman Vikai Kelley should, meanwhile, help compensate for the loss of experienced campaigners Richard Kimberlin and Connor Smith to Bromsgrove.

Kidderminster start at home to Walsall tomorrow and Pinner said: “It is a bit of a step into the unknown for everyone.

“We will be facing most of the teams in our division for the first time since 2019 and it will be a bit strange seeing them again after so long.

“We expect to be competitive and believe we have a strong bowling attack, albeit our batting might be a little bit weaker. The lack of overseas players across the division should make things interesting.”

Walsall have brought in Richer Vriitya from the United Arab Emirates as their overseas player for the new season.

They have also added promising spinner Jacob Ward. But Sam Mills and James Middleton have moved on to pastures now.

“We’re all looking forward to getting underway, really looking forward to it,” said captain Daniel Betty.

“Having not been able to do what we love for such a long time, I think everyone is just relieved to see the league back up and running.

“Because of that, I think it’s going to be a really enjoyable season.

“It will be tough because it always is. I’m sure the standard of the competition is going to be high.”

“But from speaking to people, we’re all just looking forward to getting back out there.”

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