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Brockhampton battle on for second place in Birmingham League Premier Division
4:00pm Wednesday 28th August 2013 in Sport
BROCKHAMPTON will have to battle for second place in the Premier Division of the Birmingham League after Shrewsbury clinched the championship with two wins over the Bank Holiday weekend.
But the Herefordshire side are well-placed for the runners-up spot with a win over Wombourne on Monday, following a defeat by West Bromwich Dartmouth on Saturday, leaving them 19 points clear of third-placed Kidderminster Victoria with three games to play.
To a degree, Brockhampton’s fate is in their own hands now as they host Kidderminster at The Parks on September 7, following on from a tough trip to take on the champions this weekend.
At West Bromwich Dartmouth, Brockhampton were rarely in the hunt after the home side piled up 271-8.
Charlie Griffiths (4-42) and Chris Boroughs (3-39) were the leading Brockhampton bowlers.
Although Henry Langford batted well for 44, the only other major contibution in the villagers’ response came from wicketkeeper Chris Powell (32) and they were dismissed for 150.
Langford was also in good form against Wombourne but his 88 was eclipsed by a brilliant 142 from Boroughs as Brockhampton, for whom Dave Exall (37 not out) and Ben Stebbings (31) also chipped in, racked up 343-4.
Wombourne, needing to win to avoid being relegated in their first season in the top flight, chased their target bravely but spinners Stebbings (4-66) and Griffiths (3-52) combined to dismiss the visitors for 286.
Eastnor now look set for a mid-table finish in Division Two after suffering defeats in both of their weekend outings.
Title-favourites Oswestry proved just too strong for the Clenchers Mill Lane club on Saturday but Eastnor battled hard before going down to a four-wicket reverse.
Steady scoring, in which top contributions were from Arshad Hussain (30) and Atiq ur Rehman (27), took Eastnor to 157-8 from their 50 overs.
Oswestry took their time in response with good bowling from all of the home bowlers, among whom Atiq (2-21) and Sajid Ali (2-20) were the leading wicket-takers, and reached their target with three balls to spare.
On Monday, Eastnor scored a competitive 236-7 but hosts Water Orton passed the target with five wickets in hand.
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