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Four-star Smith guides KVCC to win
6:13pm Wednesday 18th September 2013 in Sport
KIDDERMINSTER Victoria finished a frustrating second half of the season in the Birmingham Premier with a seven wicket win over already-relegated Wolverhampton.
A much-improved batting display guided the Chester Road side to a first outright league victory in 11 games but it was the bowlers who put KVCC in a position to win the game comfortably after the Black Country side were bowled out for 126.
KVCC won the toss in this rain-reduced match of 35 overs a side and put the visitors in.
They soon lost a wicket when Alex Grant was caught at slip by Jonathan Wright bowled by Gareth Williams.
Chris Whelan (2-33) then reduced Wolverhampton to 19-2 when he had Rajesh Jaswal caught behind for five.
Whelan struck again soon after when he had Aneesh Kapil caught by Mark Mansell for 22.
Wolverhampton slumped to 55-4 when Connor Smith (4-33) bowled James Hammond for 12, and three runs later he struck again, having Will Nield lbw for eight.
Neil Pinner bowled Chris Lowe for seven, and then Smith removed Jack Parr for a duck.
Worcestershire seamer Chris Russell came into bat and helped to lift the score up to 104, but Smith had Andy Bowyer caught on the boundary by Craig Wood.
The last two wickets fell at 120 and 126, with Mansell taking both of them.
In recent games, KVCC has not had a very good start when batting, and it happened again.
They lost two wickets for two runs as Russell bowled Craig Wood for two and Woollatt had Connor Smith (0) caught by Hammond.
However, Neil Pinner and Zac Turley batted well together to win the match.
The score had reached 111 when Pinner was bowled by Russell having scored 53.
Turley then reached his half-century and finishing on 556 runs for the season, to put him top of the firsts batting averages.
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