Wood heroics in vain as Victoria fall short

KIDDERMINSTER Victoria suffered a reversal of fortunes as they were edged out by Birmingham Premier derby rivals Barnt Green by 14 runs on Saturday.

The Chester Road side looked in charge of the game when a stunning innings by Green’s number seven batsman Will Baker (89) changed the course of the match.

After winning the toss and opting to field first, KVCC took control and Green were reduced to 54-4.

Gareth Williams took a key wicket when he caught and bowled Tom Burton (1).

But Ed Pollock lead Green’s fightback as they rallied to 118-5 before skipper Jon Wright had Pollock (48) caught by Connor Smith.

KVCC’s rivals battled on but the home side looked in control at 176-7 until rookie batsman Baker stepped up.

His 67-ball knock, including seven fours and six sixes, made the difference as Kidderminster’s opponents reached 262-7 in 50 overs. Michael Hill took 3-45 off ten.

The host’s reply got off to a poor start with Worcestershire’s Matt Pardoe (4) first man out for Vics.

But Hill chipped in with 45 and Craig Wood’s impressive 83 runs helped to get KVCC back on track.

Wood was also well-supported by Charlie Staniforth (21no) however, they fell 14 runs short on 248-9.

Barnt Green skipper Andy Sutton took 3-38, with Luke Radford and Tom Burton taking two apiece.

On Saturday, KVCC entertain Kenilworth Wardens (noon start).

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