Green going for glory in league and cup

Droitwich Advertiser: Cricket Barnt Green CC V West Brom Dartmouth (7436001) Cricket Barnt Green CC V West Brom Dartmouth (7436001)

BARNT Green will be seeking glory on two fronts this weekend.

The in-form side will be looking to continue their good form in the Birmingham Premier when they welcome to bottom of the table Himley on Saturday (noon start).

The following day, the Chester Road side are in the regional semi-finals of the ECB National T20 Cup, tackling Tamworth in Walsall (10.30am start).

Victory would see them face either Shrewsbury or Walsall later in the day.

The victors will then progress into the national semi-finals, with the representatives of the North Staffordshire/Cheshire League next.

Green certainly have their tails up after an encouraging winning draw over current leaders West Bromwich Dartmouth in the Birmingham League Premier.

The Black Country side were made to bowl first and Green's batsmen took advantage of a receptive surface.

William Baker (54), Nathan Newport (60), Edward Pollock (64) and Tom Burton (36) got among the runs as Green posted a formidable 285-7.

With pace ace Luke Radford (2-24) imposing himself on West Bromwich's batting order and spinners Simon Mugava (1-36) and Josh Poyesden (4-45) tying them up in knots, the visitors were reduced to 145-8.

But Brinder Phagura (27no) and Ian Stevenson (25no) rode their luck to steer their side to 203-8 and deny Green 24 points.

Green are now fifth in the table but have won four of their five playable matches, with the remaining abandoned.

Captain Andy Sutton said: "It was a great display and I thought we were unlucky not to win the game.

"But the result lays down a marker for the rest of the season. We've got a good mix, we've got players who have played county cricket, guys who are up and coming.

"We're aggressive in the field and look strong but we also need the weather to remain kind.

"We've already had four games off because of a problem with the drain and water getting under the covers, so we need some luck."

One player who Barnt Green will not see is allocated Warwickshire batsmen Sam Hain, who smashed 134 runs for the Bears against Northamptonshire in the County Championship.

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