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KVCC slump to another defeat
9:26am Thursday 15th August 2013 in Local
KIDDERMINSTER Victoria’s worrying slump continued as they were put to the sword by Knowle and Dorridge in Birmingham League Premier Division.
The Chester Road side have been unable to build on a promising start to the season, where they won seven of the first 10 matches.
But this six-game winless streak has de-railed their title hopes and left them trailing leaders Shrewsbury in third place.
Winning the toss, KVCC invited Knowle and Dorrige to bat and Gareth Williams soon had them struggling as he conceded one from his first five overs.
Neil Pinner replaced Connor Smith and his 17-over spell saw him take 2-36.
Knowle had scored 71 in 24 overs when they lost their first wicket — Alex Phillips trapped lbw by Pinner for 44.
Former Glamorgan captain and Bermuda international David Hemp had only faced nine balls when he was also out lbw to Pinner for one.
Dominic Hendricks, who had batted patiently from the start, was next out as he was caught by Pinner off the bowling of Jonathan Wright for 31.
At 81-3 after 31 of the allotted 55 overs, Kidderminster appeared to be in control, but it was not to be as a fourth wicket stand of 95 by David Smith (40) and Alex Baker (71 not out) changed the game and helped steer thed visitors to 210-5.
Only two more wickets fell as Dan Smith was out caught by Wright bowled by Mark Mansell for 40 and Butler was caught by Pinner off Wright for 15.
As usual, Williams’ figures were good despite not getting a wicket on numerous occasions.
He only conceded 27 runs from his 11 overs, while Pinner’s two wickets cost him 36 runs from17 overs, while Wright went for an expensive 78 runs from his 17 overs.
Kidderminster’s reply made a stuttering start as Michael Bevan had Andy Kimberlin trapped lbw for one.
Zac Turley hit the first two balls for four, but was bowled by Bevan for 10 as KVCC slipped to 14-2.
Bevan took his third wicket when he had Pinner lbw for four, then Connor Smith was lbw to Motteram for nine.
Craig Wood, who had not been well before the game started, helped Matt Pardoe to take the score up to 78 but the former was caught by Phillips bowled Ben Coley for 26.
Pardoe had been very restrained, batting for 53 minutes, scoring 36 runs but his innings ended when he was caught by Butler.
Two more quick dismissals reduced KVCC to 104-8 before Wright (14), Williams (11) and Richard Kimberlin (21no) added a few late runs.
But it was too little too late as The Chester Road side were dismissed for 157.
KVCC will be hoping to bounce back to form this weekend but they face a tough test when they travel to relegation battling Barnt Green (noon start).
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