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Batting collapse sees KVCC suffer defeat
10:01am Thursday 22nd August 2013 in Sportsview
KIDDERMINSTER Victoria’s wait for a win goes on in the Birmingham League Premier Division following a batting collapse against struggling Barnt Green.
The Chester Road side’s winless run has stretched to seven games and they have now slipped to fourth in the table.
It’s a far cry from the middle of the season where they were top but a poor run of form means they now trail leaders Shrewsbury by 81 points.
KVCC fielded their strongest possible batting side at Cherry Hill Walk yet were unable to get any partnerships going.
Having won the toss, Jonathan Wright asked the hosts to bat and his strike bowlers had Barnt Green 12-3.
Gareth Williams (3-23) had opener Craig Crowe (0) caught by keeper Zac Turley in the first over.
Williams had Tom Burton caught by Neil Pinner for one, and then had former Kidderminster player Richard Wilkinson lbw without scoring.
But Nathan Newport and Ed Pollock changed the game with an 87-run fourth wicket stand.
Newport, having scored 54, was caught by Matt Pardoe, who also picked up two wickets, off Richard Kimberlin’s bowling.
However, another good stand of 55 came to an end with another catch by Pardoe which saw the departure of Pollock (29) off the bowling of Mark Mansell.
At 154-5, Barnt Green were doing well, but they lost their sixth wicket without increasing the total when Nick Powell was caught by Turley off Pinner for another duck.
A stand of 45 ended with Jack Williams being stumped by Turley bowled Mansell (2-34) for 69.
At 199-7, Barnt Green proceeded to add 31 more runs from their remaining six overs to record what had seemed an unlikely 230 all out.
With Kidderminster’s batting lacking confidence, the Chester Road side soon found themselves 25-4.
Pardoe was out for one, Pinner five, Craig Wood for seven and Connor Smith without scoring.
It did not improve much when Turley, who top scored with 25, was the fifth wicket to fall, followed by Andy Kimberlin (6) and Wright who scored five.
KVCC were 63-7 in the 20th over when Richard Kimberlin put up a bit of resistance, before was out for 18.
Mansell was next dimissed for 10 and finally Williams was out for four as KVCC were dismissed for 107 with Burton leading the way with 3-17).
KVCC have two home games against Himley on Saturday and West Bromwich on Bank Holiday Monday (both noon start).
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