KIDDERMINSTER crashed to a 73 run reverse against Knowle and Dorridge who duly consolidated their second placing in Birmingham League Premier One.

Having been set a target of 245 to chase, Kidderminster finished up well short on 172 all out in reply.

Former Middlesex and Leicestershire allrounder Neil Dexter provided top score of 44 but there were solid contributions throughout the order as Knowle and Dorridge posted a daunting total.

Worcestershire Academy seamer Ben Parker proved the pick of Kidderminster's bowling attack by taking three for 26 while Josh Tidmarsh claimed three for 45.

In reply, former Worcestershire opening bat Matt Pardoe plundered 43 while his one time New Road team mate Neil Pinner thumped 51 from 56 balls but it wasn't nearly enough to save Kidderminster from defeat as swing bowler Chris Cheslin together with Mohammed Umar Shaikh both helped themselves to three wickets.

The result means Kidderminster have slipped back to fourth place, a position they will look to improve upon this Saturday when they travel to third in the table Leamington Spa.

Barnt Green now find themselves back in eighth spot after being completely outplayed by Smethwick's India overseas star Gurinder Singh.

The superb Singh struck a sublime 157 not out with the bat as rivals Smethwick reached 298 for five from a reduced 41 overs.

Barnt Green tried to battle back after being set a total of 292 to chase courtesy of the Duckworth Lewis System.

Dom Harding gave it his best shot by scoring 104 from 87 balls which included 13 fours.

Harding was backed up by Will Baker with 33, wicketkeeper Hayden Froggatt 27 and skipper Darrel Williams with 30.

But Barnt Green fell short by 19 runs after they reached 272 for nine.

It was Gurinder Singh who spiked the Green's prospect when returning to haunt them with the ball by taking six for 35 off nine.

The Green will attempt to get back into winning ways when they host next to bottom side Walsall this Saturday at Cherry Hill.

Halesowen continue to head the pack in Premier Two after picking up a 61 run success over Bromsgrove.

Opening bat Jamie Harrison hit a quickfire 72 from just 31 balls as he proceeded to pepper the boundary with no less than eight six hits.

Yet it was an unlikely eighth wicket partnership between James Rudge and Harry Kitchen that really turned the game in Halesowen's favour.

The pair produced a partnership of 119 runs, Rudge reaching 74 while Kitchen cracked 73.

They enabled Halesowen to reach 290 all out before removing Bromsgrove for 229.

Ashley Newfield netted 51 runs while wicketkeeper Alex Milton added 39.

George Marshall then led some tailend resistance with 34 not out but it wasn't enough to halt Halesowen.

Himley lost out by 26 runs against Harborne.

Tom Payne produced 52 runs as Harborne posted 232 all out.

Hasan Ahmed replied with a half century but Himley found themselves removed for 210 in reply after being set 237 for victory through DLS.

Halesowen will look to hammer home their advantage at the top when they travel to Dorridge on Saturday, Bromsgrove bid to bounce back at home to Barnards Green while fifth placed Himley host sixth in the table Bridgnorth.