KIDDERMINSTER CC has strengthening its batting line up this season with the arrival of Australian Angus Robson in time for Saturday’s game against Moseley (noon start).

The 27-year-old has previously played 57 first class matches for Leicestershire and Sussex, scoring two centuries and 28 fifties, with an average of 31.

Australian-born but with a British passport, he plays grade cricket in Sydney for Eastern Suburbs, and is the brother of Middlesex batsman Sam Robson.

Skipper Neil Pinner said: “We are really pleased to have Angus’ experience and quality joining us this year. He will add strength to our top order and, having played with him previously, I know he is a great guy to have around the club.”

KCC go into Saturday' game on the back of a 26-run DLS defeat against Knowle and Dorridge last weekend.

At first, Kidderminster were on top with Liam Weston taking the first three wickets with 56 on the board, including that of the prolific Alex Phillips (6).

The next three batsmen dug in, however, and lifted the score to 189-6 after 40 overs and, by the close, with an unbroken eighth wicket stand of 52, the innings closed on 260 for 7 from 50 overs. Liam Weston finished with 3-36 and Connor Smith with 2-64.

Kidderminster’s innings started in a similar way with two wickets down for only seven runs.

However, Andy Kimberlin (75) and skipper Neil Pinner (34) added 80 for the third wicket to keep the visitors in touch.

Wickets then fell regularly to the 32nd over with Kidderminster on 140 for 8 but Liam Weston (44 not out) and Chris Steele (18 not out) took on the bowlers, knocking 66 between them until the weather intervened. Kidderminster were stranded on 206-8 needing 55 from the last seven overs to win. However, conditions prevented a restart leaving the visitors 26 runs short of the DLS required score.

Kidderminster did bag victory a day later when they overcame Kenilworth Wardens by 43 runs in the National Knockout Cup.

Kidderminster will also travel to Bromsgrove for a T20 match (noon start) next Sunday.