KIDDERMINSTER Victoria will be aiming to bounce back from their opening day loss by seeing off derby rivals Himley on Saturday.

The Chester Road side made a losing start to the Birmingham and District Premier when they went down by four wickets to Walmley.

They face a Himley team who are aiming to build on a three wicket success over Knowle and Dorridge (noon start).

Captain Jonathan Wright said: “We actually go into the game in good shape, we’ve got everyone available and have been playing well.

“Our games against Himley are generally very good so we’re looking forward to it.”

Wright was also not worried about the defeat to Walmley in a match that did not start until 3pm because of torrential rain.

KVCC looked comfortable but tail end batsman Ray Cooper turned the game on its head with an unbeaten 68.

Wright added: “We looked comfortable for four fifths of the match until Walmley’s number seven and eight batsmen start swinging their bats.

“Walmley have one short boundary and everything they hit went over.

“It was more a case of them winning the match than us losing it. The win or lose system does encourage teams to go for it rather than settle.

“But I am not concerned, we have a full strength squad and have been playing well so far this season.”

Meanwhile, KVCC will play Stourbridge in the first round of the ECB National Knockout Cup game.

They were supposed to play the game last weekend but it was rained off.

It means the Graham Williamson Trophy semi-final against Shrewsbury has been postponed.

On Bank Holiday Monday, Kidderminster tackle Barnt Green in the National T20 at Chester Road (2pm start).

“It is a shame we are not playing Shrewsbury this weekend as they would have lost some players to a Minor Counties game,” added Kidderminster’s skipper.