CAPTAIN Nick Powell says Brockhampton will have to be able to compete against the top teams if they want to stay in the Premier Division of the Birmingham & District League.

The county side were handed a rude awakening on Saturday when they were thrashed by 297 runs by Knowle & Dorridge.

An opening partnership of 305 from New Zealand international George Worker and Alex Phillips ultimately did the damage as the away side set Brockhampton an imposing target of 400 to chase.

Brockhampton didn't get anywhere near it and were bowled out for just 102.

"They obviously have a very good team with some really good batters and we were totally outplayed in all three departments – batting, bowling and fielding," admitted Powell.

"You have days like that in cricket when it doesn't go your way, but they were better on the day.

"We're disappointed in a lot of what we did, but hopefully we'll learn from it and that's the most important thing.

"They've been good for a few years now but if we want to stay in this league, we've got to compete against teams like that."

Brockhampton's solitary win this season came against Dorridge, thanks to a 194 from Worcestershire's Daryl Mitchell.

But Powell is confident that his team can string a few wins together with or without Mitchell.

"We're quite lucky that we've got a lot of guys pushing to play for the first team and they want to be here," he said.

"And with a bit of luck, hopefully we can put a few performances together and get on a bit of run.

"We've got a lot of home grown talent that are getting an opportunity this year.

"Ideally, their goal is to score runs and take wickets and all we can do is to give them those chances.

"But we can only do what we can and get the best out of the players we've got.

"We're trying to attract the best local players , but it's all about development and if they're good enough, they'll play."

Overseas star Dinusha Fernando is also confident wins will come once everyone is available to play.

"We're missing a few players and hopefully when Mitch is back, we'll be alright," he said.

Worker hit 27 fours and six sixes in his 183, while Phillips wasn't too far behind; his 182 included 24 fours and two sixes.

Dominic Badger finally managed to get a wicket when he removed Worker; Henry Langford getting the catch.

However, Langford only made nine with the bat and when Tom Austwick went for two, Brockhampton were in deep trouble.

Joe Crichard continued his good form by making a fine 33 off 25 balls before he departed and when overseas star Dinusha Fernarndo went for 21, the wickets started to tumble.

Ian and Ashley Bullock both went cheaply, which saw Brockhampton reeling at 79-6.

Powell was next to go for four before Badger and Jamie McIlroy were next to depart.

Oli Rogoff made a resilient 12 off 26 balls on his first team debut, but Brockhampton's misery was soon over as Knowle & Dorridge claimed an excellent win.