KIDDERMINSTER came off second best in a drawn contest with an impressive Leamington Spa side who are currently pressing reigning champions Berkswell for top spot.

The Spa side elected to bat first and soon made the most of drier conditions as they posted a total of 220 for eight off their allotted 55 overs.

Steady contributions from Umar Siddique Khan with 34, skipper Jon Wigley on 42 and Waqar Ahmed who added 43 set the Spa side up for a solid total before Oliver Currill came in to accelerate matters with a timely 61.

Strike bowlers Chris Steele with three for 51 off 15 and Liam Weston who took three for 48 again proved the pick of Kidderminster's bowling attack.

Kidderminster were staring defeat in the face when they replied after slumping to 105 for seven before Callum Bennett cracked 58.

It was then left to Charlie Stainforth who saw Kidderminster to safety at 180 for eight at close after scoring 40 not out.

Runs flowed as Barnt Green blitzed a huge total of 326 for five against Walsall.

The Green finally declared after 54 overs, but they probably were left wishing they'd called a halt earlier as Walsall were able to hold out for the draw when they replied.

Every Barnt Green batsman got in on the act, Amrinder Brar bagging top score of 79 while Will Baker added 64 not out.

But Barnt Green were kept at bay in reply by Billy-Jo Cox who cracked 107 off 155 balls which held Walsall's innings together as they closed on 204 for six after 56 overs.

Halesowen have gone top of Premier Two after they destroyed Dorridge by securing a huge 187 run winning margin.

Harry Baddams hit 72 while skipper Alexei Kervezee added a further 73 as the pair put on 109 for Halesowen's fourth wicket partnership.

Worcestershire's Charlie Morris chipped in with a quickfire 37 not out as Halesowen reached 242 for nine.

However, it's Halesowen's bowling attack which is causing the real damage of late.

Morris made early inroads into Dorridge's batting by taking three for 14 off nine overs, but he was upstaged on this occasion by Halesowen's Herefordshire seamer James Rudge who ripped out figures of four for 15 from overs as Dorridge were duly dismissed for a dismal 55 runs.

Himley have started to turn their fortunes around and have risen to fourth place after beating Bridgnorth by 49 runs.

For the second week running, Himley skipper Ollie Westbury has scored a round 100.

Westbury provided the backbone to their innings as Himley reached 278 for six, Bilaal Hussain with 41 and Callum Lea on 40 providing their skipper with some solid support.

In reply, it looked as though Bridgnorth would battle their way to a draw.

Despite the efforts of Jamie Turner who took five for 43 from 17 overs, Bridgnorth appeared to be closing out the game when South African Saul Anstey struck, having last man Charlie Walker caught by Daniel Durman with just two balls remaining, leaving the Shropshire side on 229 all out.

Connor Smith cracked 122 for Bromsgrove as they breezed to an imposing total of 259 for nine against Barnards Green.

Smith's total came off 148 balls and included 12 fours and two sixes.

He found plenty of support from Ashley Newfield and Deon Patel who both added 42 runs to the total.

That was before Leicestershire's George Rhodes was introduced into the Barnards Green attack as he promptly wrapped matters up by taking five for 24.

Smith was then sensationally upstaged with the bat by Barnards Green skipper Ryan Tongue who thumped a match winning 156 not out off 129 balls.

Tongue's innings contained 14 fours and six sixes, putting on 142 for the fourth wicket with Rehaan Edavalath who supplied a further 53.

They enabled Barnards Green to reach a winning 263 for four in the 51st over despite the efforts of Bromsgrove strike bowler Gareth Williams who gave little away when taking two for 35 from 17 overs while the rest of the attack got punished.