22nd Oct, 2019

Barnt Green put in the Hard yards to finish third

Ben Tyler 19th Sep, 2019

VICTORY at Shifnal on the final day ensured Barnt Green leapfrogged their opponents to finish third in Birmingham & District Premier Division One.

Dominic Harding (72) was at the forefront for The Green, smashing the highest score of the game to help the visitors finish on 288-8.

With Shifnal being dismissed for 213, Barnt Green secured 20 points to finish on 267 points for the season, just one ahead of their opponents.

After being put into bat first, a steady start took the visitors to 42-2, at which point Harding and Zain Ul-Hassan (48) smashed 122 for the third wicket.

Ul-Hassan followed Harding into the pavilion two balls later, though an equally impressive stand of 109 between William Baker (48) and Daniel Meredith (53) followed.

Shifnal bowler Shaun Lorimer (3-25) helped save face for his side and prevent The Green from passing the 300-run mark, ending Meredith’s time at the crease before limiting Darrel Williams (3) and Henry Cullen (2) to lowly totals.

In reply, Jack Edwards (0) was trapped lbw by Andrew Sutton (3-49) from the first ball of the innings, although the bowler was made to wait until the 25th over to dismiss Shane Setia (53) after his 116-run partnership with Steven Leach (68).

Leach battled on until his dismissal at 132-3, followed by three cheap dismissals of Shifnal’s middle order – with Williams (2-51) and Meredith (2-23) both finding success with the ball in hand.

Even when the hosts’ middle-to-late order managed to spark a revival, it was short lived, handing Barnt Green the crucial points required to finish in the top three.

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