KIDDERMINSTER clung on to claim a drawn contest with close rivals Barnt Green in Birmingham League Premier One.

Dogged tailend resistance kept Kidderminster in the game after being set an imposing Barnt Green total to chase.

Opener Ben Chapman-Lilley carried his bat for an unbeaten 91 not out but it was the impetus of rising county star Ollie Cox that really took the game away from Kidderminster.

Cox cracked 108 off 94 balls, his innings containing nine fours and five sixes.

Together with Chapman -Lilley,  the pair put on 175 runs for the third wicket as the Green went onto post a daunting total  259 for seven from their 55 overs.

Credit to Kidderminster seamer Chris Steele, who plugged away in the midst of the onslaught to claim four for 59.

Kidderminster's reply started steadily through skipper Neil Pinner plundering 35 while experienced former county player Graham Wagg added another 25.

But at 66 for six, Kidderminster were forced to shut up shop and grind out a losing draw thanks to the tenacity of tailenders Zeshan  Bashir who made 22, Dylan Griffth with 22 not out and the sterling Chris Steele  who remained unbeaten on 22 not out.

They enabled Kidderminster to close on 138 for eight at stumps despite the determination of Barnt Green bowlers Adam Hines, who claimed  four for 24 while striker bowler Andy Sutton snapped up two for 34.

Halesowen lost out by 46 runs to Kenilworth Wardens.

Andrew Leering led the way for Wardens by scoring 77 while highly rated Josh Baker struck a further 58 as Wardens posted 256 all out with three balls of their 55 over allotment still remaining.

Baker came back to haunt Halesowen with the ball by taking five for 64 while  Freddie Fowler backed him up with figures of four for 35  as Halesowen fell short on 210 all out with four overs to spare.

Bromsgrove finally got into the action after being heavily sidelined through the wet weather for the first five rounds  of matches in Premier Two.

Their rustiness soon showed as they finished on the wrong end of drawn contest with Harborne.

Set to chase a total of 193 alll out, Bromsgrove  managed to hang in to close on 118 for eight.

Himley had a much better afternoon when beating West Bromwich Dartmouth by  48 runs.

Former Worcestershire player Ollie Westbury held Himley's early order together by scoring  88 before Northampton's Graeme White added another 45 in the face of some accurate bowling by  Shozair Ali who took four for 50 while Ravan Chahal claimed three for 58.

Chasing a target of  247 for nine, Dartmouth made a determined start in reply through Sajid Ahmadzai who struck 66  and found support from Billy -Jo Cox who clubbed another 47.

However Himley's bowling attack kept chipping away at the wickets, Connor Smith claiming  four for 44, White with  three for 31 and Ben Robinson two for 23, reducing Dartmouth to  199 all out  in the 42nd over.