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Youngsters torn apart by ruthless West Brom
10:06am Thursday 30th August 2012 in Sportsview
UNDER-strength Kidderminster Victoria had a miserable weekend as an inexperienced side were put to the sword by West Bromwich Dartmouth on Monday.
A team packed with youngsters and containing only a handful of senior players were beaten in 96 minutes and by a disciplined West Brom side.
With Worcestershire players Ben Cox and Neil Pinner in action for the county side in the CB40 match against Lancashire and the likes of Matt Pardoe and captain Jonathan Wright absent, KVCC could only send out a youthful line-up which contained old heads in Gareth Williams, Marc Edwards and Mark Mansell.
Stephen Yarsley, who had recently returned to the club from Stourport, was also drafted into the side.
Before the game the threat of rain did not materialise, but losing the toss meant having to bat on a wicket which was a little soft and lacked a bit of pace.
Aatif Ali (5-21) and Naheem Sajjad (5-9) took full advantage and were in impressive form as KVCC were dismissed for 34 in 22.5 overs.
West Bromwich also took eight catches with wicketkeeper Mark Fisher accounting for five of them.
KVCC’s batting did not get going, with only Edwards (9) getting close to double figures.
It took West Bromwich’s openers, Kadeer Ali (21) and James Campbell (14), just four overs to win the match.
On Saturday, their clash against Shrewsbury was rained off with KVCC on 29-1.
KVCC will be hoping to bounce back this weekend in the Birmingham and District League Premier Division at home to Wellington (noon start).