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League delight and cup woe for Barnt Green
1:00pm Monday 19th August 2013 in Sport
CAPTAIN Andrew Sutton believes Barnt Green can build on their run in the ECB National Knockout Cup.
The Cherry Hill Road side could not progress into the semi-finals after they lost by five wickets to South Northumberland on Sunday.
Batting first, Green got off to a good start thanks to openers Ed Pollock (30) and Nathan Newport (20), who were scoring at a pacey seven runs an over Tom Burton scored 60 runs as the home side reached 221-7.
But the visitors from the North East made 222-5 in reply with just five balls to spare.
Green had beaten Wombourne, Dorridge, Old HIll and Bowden to reach the last eight of the competition, which will stand an evolving Green side in good stead according to Sutton.
He said: “It was a fantastic effort. The best club teams in the country compete so to reach the quarter-finals you’ve got to be a good side.
“We’re a young-ish team and if we can keep everyone together then we will only get stronger over the next few years.
“We batted okay but it’s a shame one of the batsmen didn’t go onto to get a really big score.
“We also dropped a few catches and that ultimately cost us but I can’t take anything away from the players, they’ve been great.”
Green can concentrate of securing their position in the Birmingham and District League Premier after defeating high-flying Kidderminster Victoria by a massive 123 runs on Saturday.
The win looked far off when they were put into bat and reduced to 11-3 when Craig Crowe, Burton and Richard Wilinson were dismissed.
But Jack Williams (69) and Nathan Newport (54) rebuilt the home team’s innings with an 87-run fourth-wicket partnership and Pollock (29) also ensured Green made 230 all out.
Barnt Green’s bowlers then proceded to dismantle a strong Kidderminster batting line-up as they lost four wickets for 25 runs.
Matt Pardoe was out for one, Neil Pinner for five, Craig Wood for seven and Connor Smith for a duck as KVCC tumbled to 107 all out.
Burton took three wickets, while Wilkinson and Pollock claim two eached and Sutton, Alistair Pollock and Stephen Bevan also bagged one apiece.
The win ensured Green are 23 points ahead of the relegation zone.
They face another important Bank Holiday weekend, taking on Brockhampton at home on Saturday and Knowle and Dorridge away on Monday (both noon start).
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