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Walsall on the up after seeing off title challengers

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Walsall moved up to fourth in Division One of the Birmingham & District Premier Cricket League – and had a big say in the title race – by beating second-placed Shrewsbury.

Walsall on the up

In a match reduced to 32 overs, the Shropshire side achieved a knock of 149-9.

Paul Byrne (3-17) was the pick of the home bowlers. And while Walsall made a slow start in their response, they eased to an eight-wicket win with 10 balls to spare.

Opener Shoaib Akhtar carried his bat for a patient 60 from 89 balls. But the impetus for the win was provided by James Middleton who finished unbeaten on 40 from 28 balls.

Kidderminster recorded two-wicket success against local rivals Smethwick.

A fifth-wicket stand of 143 between Gurinder Singh (124no) and Sunny Singh (47) helped Smethwick recover from 35-4 to finish on 228-7.

Gurinder Singh faced 114 balls and hit 12 fours and five sixes. But the innings of the match came from Kidderminster skipper Neil Pinner.

A superb opening spell from Arfan Khan (5-32) left Kiddy struggling on 73-5 and 119-6 for six before Pinner found a willing partner in Barney Morgan.

They added 72 before Morgan fell for 27.

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But his dismissal didn’t phase Pinne,r who finished unbeaten on 122 from 97 balls – with that knock steering Kidderminster to a seasonal double over their rivals.

West Bromwich Dartmouth’s match at Moseley was abandoned.

In Division Two, Himley and Wolverhampton saw their hopes of finishing in the top four dashed after they lost to Oswestry and Bridgnorth respectively. Halesowen secured a home win over Tamworth.

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