AN eighth successive defeat has left Kidderminster fighting for survival in the premier division of the Birmingham League.

Their latest loss came against West Bromwich Dartmouth who bowled KCC out for 180 after scoring 252-7.

KCC won the toss and elected to field. They took the first wicket, Kadeer Ali (27) bowled by Liam Weston, with West Bromwich on 45 in the ninth over.

The score stood at 83 by the 21st over when Liam Banks (18) was caught by keeper Tom Kimberlin bowled Pat Brown. The third wicket fell with a catch by Weston off skipper Neil Pinner’s bowling that saw the departure of Rawlston Tappin on 20.

The total went from 129-3 up to 191, but the visitors lost their fourth wicket when Kimberlin stumped Brinder Phagura (20), giving Pinner a second wicket.

Amit John was batting well and by this time had scored 99, but, having reached his century, a shot that looked like another six was caught superbly by Brown, bowled Weston. John had hit twelve fours and two sixes.

Only two more wickets fell. Shazair Ali (28) was out caught and bowled by Brown and Kaiser Shah (7) was caught by Craig Wood, giving Brown his third wicket. The not out batsmen were Samir Khan (19) and Demari Prince (2).

Brown took 3-36, Pinner 2-38 and Weston 2-62.

Once again, KCC failed to get a good start with the bat, losing their first four wickets for 47 runs.

Wood (6), Andy Kimberlin (10), James Kinder (11) and George Hatfield (1) never got going.

Things were looking better as the score rose steadily with a stand of 62 between Pinner and Connor Smith. It all ended when Pinner (57) was caught by Tappin bowled Kadeer Ali. Pinner had struck nine fours and a six.

Connor Smith batted well for 25, but at 120-6 at the half-way stage, KCC were never really a threat.

Charlie Stainforth (6), Liam Weston (10), Tom Kimberlin (18) and Pat Brown (23) left Ryan Field (1) the not out batsman.

Out-of-form Kidderminster retain some hope as Walsall, just 13 points ahead, also lost at the weekend.

Walsall have two difficult games left, away to Brockhampton and at home to Berkswell. KCC are at Wolverhampton next Saturday with their final game against Dorridge at home on September 18.