Premier Division One Review 17th April

Written by: Nick Archer
Date: 17/04/2021

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After last year’s shortened season when all competitions apart from a hastily re-structured Graham Williamson Trophy were cancelled, BDPCL returned to its customary format with clubs competing in Premier Division One and Premier Division Two, taking up the positions where they were placed at the start of the 2020 campaign. The season commenced with the first of eleven 50 over matches which will be contested over the initial five weeks and final six weeks of a 22 match League programme with the remaining 11 matches played over 55 overs per side win/lose/draw format. A new innovation, delayed by 12 months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, sees all 50 over matches played in coloured clothing with white balls and black sightscreens. 

All these curtain-raisers were blessed with glorious, sunny conditions and it was Leamington’s Craig Miles who took the eye early on with a devastating opening spell at Shifnal, finishing with 4 for 9 from 10 overs. The Warwickshire seamer reduced the home side to 26 for five and it was only a last wicket partnership of 30 between Amar Jassal and Alex Riley that saw them to 124 all out in 41.1 overs. Miles also played his part with the bat finishing unbeaten on 31 as Leamington stuttered their way to a five wicket win in 28.2 overs. An impressive all-round performance from Ateeq Javid led Berkswell to a 124 run victory over Smethwick at The Lant. Released by Leicestershire at the end of the 2019 season, Javid compiled a masterly 123 from 150 balls as Berkswell reached 299 for eight from 50 overs. He hit 11 fours and one six and received able support early in the innings from Nick Bland (31) and Chris Whittock (58). Sunny Singh took 4 for 43 for the visitors who faded to 175 all out in 41.5 overs despite a steady start with 52 from Qamar Khan and a breezy 48 from debutant Ibbadat Thaman. Javid was the most successful bowler with 4 for 45. The closest game of the day was at Chester Road, where Walsall secured a two run victory over Kidderminster with three balls remaining. Walsall found the going tough to begin with, struggling to 60 for five, then 128 for seven but solid contributions from Jordan Bulpitt (45) and new skipper Dan Betty (40) saw them to 207 all out in 44.3 overs. Liam Weston (3 for 33) and Chris Steele (3 for 54) were the best of the bowlers for Kidderminster who, also, struggled against the new ball before Herefordshire skipper Matt Pardoe (81) took control. He was ninth man out at 184 but Ben Parker and Steele inched their way towards the target before Parker was bowled by Luke Stynes with the total on 205. Walsall’s opening attack of Ravan Chahal (4 for 32) and Bulpitt (3 for 20) took the honours but it was Stynes last-ditch effort that won the game for the visitors. 

Barnt Green signalled their intentions for the season with a crushing 174 run win at Moseley, where the home side were dismissed for 87 in reply to Barnt Green’s imposing 261 for six from 50 overs. Jacques Banton with 110 from 132 balls was well supported by Dom Harding (59 not out) and Amrinder Brar (46) as Barnt Green piled up the runs with Brinder Phagura (3 for 29) the only bowler to shine for Moseley. The home side, then, collapsed to after the interval with Banton finishing with 3 for 2 and Oxfordshire seamer Robbie Shurmer picking up 3 for 11. Shrewsbury, also, recorded a big win, defeating Knowle & Dorridge by 125 runs at Station Road after finishing on 220 all out from 50 overs. Dan Humes top scored with 37, Tyler Ibbotson added 36 and Matt Swift hit 32 for Shrewsbury with Warwickshire seamer Henry Brookes taking 3 for 37. In reply, K & D’s quality batting line-up, with the exception of Alex Phillips (46), failed to come to terms with Sam Ellis (4 for 21) and George Garrett (3 for 23) as they slid to 95 all out. West Bromwich Dartmouth’s Omar Ali, the League’s Player of the Season in 2020, took 3 for 22 as Ombersley were restricted to 154 for nine, in 50 overs, and, then, top scored with 34, as Dartmouth crept to victory by two wickets, with number nine batsman Fahad Sabir unbeaten on 30. With Dartmouth on 111 for seven, Ombersley were in the ascendancy, thanks to 3 for 17 from Gareth Andrew and 3 for 36 from former Dartmouth all-rounder Tom Brown but a solid 33 from Kabir Ali and an excellent contribution from Sabir saw Dartmouth take the honours.