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Gr-eight to finally win — boss Ian
1:00pm Friday 30th August 2013 in Local
BANK Holiday Monday brought a huge sigh of relief around Chester Road after Kidderminster Victoria clinched a 47-run success over rivals West Bromwich Dartmouth.
The result registered Kidderminster’s first win in eight Birmingham Premier games and arrested an alarming slump in form to boot.
It also sent Kidderminster a healthy 44 points clear of the relegation zone.
Team boss Ian Kimberlin said: “We’d have to make a real mess of things to get relegated now, but we can’t get complacent.
“It’s a big relief to have got back to winning form again, but the signs were there following last Saturday’s defeat to Himley.
“You could see the confidence surging back among the players.
“I think the defeat to Shrewsbury took more out of us than we realised, but against Dartmouth we bowled and fielded as well as we’ve done all season.
“I also think it was important that we put more than 200 runs on the board against Dartmouth, because it gave our bowlers something to work with.
“The seam bowling of Gareth Williams, Richard Kimberlin and Connor Smith did well before spin of Neil Pinner and Matt Pardoe took over.
“Mark Mansell then chipped in with a couple of wickets and it was interesting that the spinners took nine of the 10 wickets to fall because I don’t think the wicket was causing the ball to turn much.
“The most important thing is that we won in some style and we hope to take that form in the three remaining games.”
Kidderminster face a tricky trip to Berkswell this Saturday, the hosts being in the thick of the relegation fight.
Matt Pardoe is unavailable, being on LV= County Championship duty for Worcestershire against Leicestershire, but his New Road team mate Ben Cox comes back into the side to keep wicket, replacing Tom Kimberlin.
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