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Abject KVCC fall to another defeat
6:21pm Wednesday 11th September 2013 in Sport
TAIL-enders Chris Whelan and Gareth Williams put their team-mates to shame with a determined display but it was not enough to prevent Kidderminster Victoria from crashing to a 45 run loss to Brockhampton in the Birmingham League Premier Division.
KVCC had been chasing 227 for victory and despite bowlers Whelan (37) and Williams (22) forging a 62-run last-wicket stand, the Wyre Forest outfit suffered defeat.
The Chester Road side, who had momentarily topped the table, have won only one match in the last 11 and have slipped to eighth.
KVCC won the toss and asked the hosts side to bat.
They had a wicket in the first over when Whelan bowled David Exall for five.
But Brockhampton got into their stride with the score reaching 67-1 by the 13th over before Neil Pinner and KVCC put the brakes on.
The score had reached 99 when Mark Mansell had Henry Langford (58) was caught behind by keeper Ben Cox.
The third wicket fell at nelson when Pinner caught and bowled had Chris Boroughs.
With the total on 160, KVCC struck twice.
A magnificent return catch by skipper Jonathan Wright saw Ben Stebbings depart for 24, and then Joe Crichard was run out first ball without scoring.
Chris Powell had batted well, but having reached his half-century, was out to a boundary catch by Craig Wood off the bowling of Wright to reduce Brockhampton to 190-6.
The KVCC spinners, Pinner, Mansell, Wright and Matt Pardoe had kept control, and took a seventh wicket when Wright bowled Will Barrrett for nine.
Steve Bailey (21) and Callum Stewart (11) took the final score to 226.
But the Kidderminster batting order failed to deliver as openers Ben Cox (3) and and Pardoe (2) were cheaply dismissed.
The innings did contain some reasonable batting with Wood (24), Zac Turley (22), Wright (19 including two sixes) and Andy Kimberlin (19) getting into double figures.
Pinner scored a very patient nine, Mansell scored four and Connor Smith went without scoring.
At 119-9, KVCC were facing yet another defeat when Whelan and William showed the way.
Whelan’s previous highest score this season was 26 and Williams’ 13, but they put on 62 for the last wicket, scoring 37 and 22 respectively before KVCC were bowled out for 181.
Kidderminster host already-relegated Wolverhampton on Saturday (noon start).
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