Graham Williamson Trophy Review 2nd May

Written by: Nick Archer
Date: 03/05/2021

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Barnt Green will host Ombersley in the Final of the Graham Williamson Trophy next Sunday 9th May at 12.30pm after they, comfortably, beat West Bromwich Dartmouth by six wickets in a repeat of the 2021 Final. After winning the toss and electing to bat, Dartmouth produced a batting performance short of confidence, the biggest contribution coming from Kabir Ali (32). Ismail Mohammed (23) and Shahzeb Raja (23) were both dismissed when ready to step up the pace and it was left to skipper Ian Stevenson (20 not out) to see the score to 161 for nine after 40 overs. Adam Hines (3 for 34) and Darrel Williams (3 for 50) took wickets at regular intervals and both benefited from a mean spell by Jacques Banton, who conceded, just, 15 runs during his 10 over spell. Despite the early loss of Ed Pollock with the total on 2, Barnt Green soon gained control, thanks to a second wicket stand of 84 between Banton (58) and Ben Chapman-Lilley (35). The innings of the match, however, came from Amrinder Brar who hit 50 not out from 38 balls to steer Barnt Green into the Final for the third year running with more than 15 overs to spare. The second semi-final between Ombersley and Shifnal was closer with the home side closing on 226 all out from 39.4 overs after winning the toss. Liam Gwynne hit 50 before Gareth Andrew blasted 87 from 68 balls including five fours and four sixes. Shaun Lorimer, who opened the bowling for Shifnal, took 4 for 39. Xavi Clarke began the Shifnal reply in some style, hitting a rapid 67 from 39 balls but he lacked support at the top of the order. Lorimer (31) and Amar Jassell (26) lifted Shifnal hopes by taking the score to 159 for three but their dismissals signalled the beginning of the end with Tom Wilde taking 3 for 29 as the visitors were bowled out in 34.3 overs for 191.