KIDDERMINSTER Victoria savoured a derby victory over Himley to get back on track in the Birmingham and District Premier League.
Bowlers Richard Kimberlin, Conor Smith and Gareth Williams took advantage of their Black Country rivals’ injury disruption to secure a 32 run success.
Himley won the toss and decided to field, a decision that produced good early results as the hosts made a slow start with the bat.
Opening batsmen Craig Wood and Andrew Kimberlin found runs hard to come by and after eight overs they had only scored 14 runs when the former was caught by Greg Wright off Nick Harrison’s bowling.
Andrew Kimberlin and Michael Hill both went in quick succession to leave KVCC in trouble but a stand of 82 between Neil Pinner and Zac Turley steadied the ship.
Turley had scored 30 when he was caught and bowled by Michael Jones.
KVCC slipped to 121-7 after the dismissals of Pinner, who made a well crafted 52, and Andrew Siwicki for a duck.
But captain Jonathan Wright and Smith forged a much-needed 52 partnership before the skipper fell victim to Ryan Brown on 34.
Smith was Brown’s next victim and the Himley bowler also removed Richard Kimberlin for 11 as the home side were dismissed for 201.
But Kidderminster’s rivals were disrupted by injuries and lost the influential Nathan Round to a muscle problem and Himley were forced to shuffle their batting order.
His replacement, Sandeep Dhillon was out for a duck, trapped lbw to Williams.
Then Harris was bowled by Smith for 1. Mike Jones was next out, bowled Hill for eight runs, followed by Turner, who having also scored eight, was caught by Tom Kimberlin bowled Williams.
A stand of 56 brought Himley some relief, but it ended when Stuart Wedge, having scored 34 in one hour, hitting four boundaries, was caught by Williams bowled Wright.
Another stand, this time of 60 runs, took Himley's total up to 141-6.
Nick Harrison had bowled well and showed he could bat. Having reached a superb 57, he was bowled by Richard Kimberlin.
Kimberlin then turned into a match-winner.
He bowled Brown for six, and had Jack Whittaker caught by Wright for 22.
Round returned to the wicket, obviously in pain and was out for three when Hill had him caught by Wright.
Kimberlin wrapped it up when Smith caught Greg Wright, who was also carrying an injury, for eight.
Richard Kimberlin took 4-29 in six overs to give KVCC the win in an exciting finish. Hill 2-26, Williams 2-33. The other two wickets were taken by Smith and Wright.
An under strength KVCC side lost by 26 runs to Barnt Green in the ECB National T20 Cup first round on Bank Holiday Monday. Ryan Derrick took three wickets as Green made 190-6.
In reply, Craig Wood top scored with 32 as Kidderminster made 161-9.