Graham Williamson Trophy Review 18th April

Written by: Nick Archer
Date: 19/04/2021

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The most exciting finish to a match in Round 1 came at The Lant, where Smethwick were the visitors for the second time in two days. Having fielded first in the League match the previous day, Smethwick batted first, this time, and posted a creditable 213 for eight from 40 overs, boosted in the middle of their innings by 70 from Haseeb Gul. Finlay Perry-Ogden recorded the fine figures of 4 for 39 for Berkswell who chased down the total with one wicket in hand and three balls remaining, thanks, mainly to 69 from Chris Taroni. Smethwick were, always, in the game, thanks to Amjid Kayani, who took 3 for 35 but it was Berkswell who emerged with a victory that sees them visit Barnt Green in Round 2. The tie between Knowle & Dorridge and Barnt Green was switched to Barnt Green but K & D’s batting woes from the previous day continued as they were shot out for 109 in 37.5 overs, Adam Hines taking 4 for 28. Despite the early loss of Ed Pollock, Barnt Green raced to a nine wicket win in 16.3 overs, led by another impressive contribution from Jacques Banton who followed his century against Moseley, the previous day, with an unbeaten 74 from 48 balls.   

A splendid innings of 115 from Matt Pardoe steered Kidderminster to 230 for seven from 40 overs against Leamington who were dismissed for 180 in reply. Harrison Smith hit 47 for the visitors but three wickets apiece for Barney Morgan (3 for 16) and Pardoe (3 for 36) saw Kidderminster run out winners by 50 runs and earn a home tie against local rivals Ombersley in Round 2. Half-centuries from Jack Haynes (64), Liam Gwynne (63) and Nick Hammond (52) took Ombersley to 257 for nine in 50 overs against Kenilworth Wardens with visiting skipper Harry Johnson picking up 4 for 30. Johnson top scored for Wardens with 60 but the innings fell away to 171 all out in 32.5 overs after his dismissal. Gwynne took 3 for 9 for Ombersley.   

Shrewsbury outgunned a Worcestershire Academy side by 130 runs at London Road, a contrast to 2019 when the sides were involved in a tie. Dan Humes opened with 116 for Shrewsbury in their total of 254 for nine with Wolverhampton’s Joe Stanley taking 3 for 42 for the Academy. Barnards Green batter Oliver Halion top scored with 43 as the Academy were bundled out for 124 in 32.1 overs with Warwickshire seamer George Garrett taking 3 for 25 for Shrewsbury who will travel to Shropshire rivals Shifnal in Round 2. Despite a fine knock of 77 from skipper Joe Dodd, Dorridge tumbled to 138 all out in 36 overs, against Shifnal, who responded with 139 for five from 24 overs. Shaun Lorimer (4 for 12) and Xavi Clarke (4 for 34) exerted a tight stranglehold for Shifnal who cantered to a comfortable win without the need for a big contribution from any of their batters.   

The highest total of Round 1 was registered by West Bromwich Dartmouth who smashed 319 for five  against Walsall, one run short of a run rate of eight per over. Shozair Ali clubbed 130 from 85 balls, including 10 fours and half a dozen sixes, and Abraash Khan hit 84 as the Walsall attack were hit to most parts of the ground. Walsall’s reply finished 103 runs short as Kabir Ali tied their middle order in knots with 5 for 39. Walsall’s overseas player Vriitya Aravind showed a glimmer of promise for the rest of the season with a classy 65 from 64 balls but it’s Dartmouth who progress to Round 2 where they will host old rivals Moseley, who defeated Warwickshire Academy by 19 runs, after reaching 215 for four from 40 overs, built around an unbeaten 116 at a run a ball from Andy Umeed and 43 from Imandeep Kang. The Academy finished on 196 for eight with 51 from Amir Khan and an undefeated 47 from Daniyaal Khan, both 15 years old, while Bhavik Patel took 3 for 22 for Moseley.