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KVCC fail to live up to their standards
11:09am Thursday 26th September 2013 in Local
KIDDERMINSTER Victoria enjoy a mixed season in the Birmingham Premier League finally occupying fifth position.
All the teams had to contend with changes in the playing format for two seasons involving playing 50 overs cricket for the first five matches, the next eleven in the usual win lose or draw style, then reverting to the final six to end the season.
There were no changes in personnel other than the return of Chris Whelan. Matt Pardoe, Neil Pinner and Ben Cox were all be available when they not required by the County, while several young players also made their debuts and showed promise.
But the club never lived up to the high standard they set themselves and despite sharing top spot for a time.
And, towards the end of the season became worried about the possibility of getting involved in the relegation battle. In the first half of the season they won seven of the 11 games, but in the second half only two, winning five of the eleven 50 overs games, and four in the other type of cricket.
The highest match score was 236 against Knowle & Dorridge in a 50 overs game when Zac Turley top-scored with 96. Craig Wood was the season’s only century-maker, scoring 119 out of 257 against Brockhampton. The lowest totals were 107 all out against Barnt Green and 125 all out in a normal game against Berkswell. The lowest scoring match was in a 50 overs game at Wombourne bowling them them out for 79 and losing one wicket in scoring 81 to win.
Best bowling figures in 50 overs cricket were Chris Whelan 5-28 v Wombourne and Connor Smith 4-33 v Wolverhampton. In other cricket, Connor Smith 4-9 (Berkswell), Jonathan Wright 4-10 (Barnt Green) and Gareth Williams (5-42 (Wombourne).
The highest scores against KVCC were 292-3 (Knowle & Dorridge away), KVCC scored 236 all out in this high-scoring 50 overs game, 252-7 (West Bromwich Dartmouth - game abandoned), and 362-7 at Shrewsbury.
The leading batsmen were, Zac Turley (556 runs), Craig Wood (524), Neil Pinner (500), Andrew Kimberlin (333) and Connor Smith (236).
Bowlers, Gareth Williams (28 wickets), Pinner (21), Whelan (21) and Jonathan Wright (19). Mark Mansell and Smith took 17 each.
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