Barnt Green made a successful launch of their Birmingham League campaign as four of this season's expected title contenders had opening-day victories.
The Green matched Knowle and Dorridge with victory on Shropshire soil while Black Country rivals West Bromwich Dartmouth and Walsall pulled off easy home wins.
The day's four winners were all teams under new leadership. None did better than new Walsall captain Dave Middleton, in his first match in charge, against Moseley.
Nathan Round (59) and the returning Graeme Archer (40) dominated Walsall's total of 220 against Moseley, in which Nick Warren took five wickets. But few could have expected the tame manner in which the visitors slumped to their 169-run defeat.
Only one visiting batsman reached double figures at Gorway as Moseley were shot out for only 51 inside 20 overs.
New signing Gerrie Snyman took five for 19 to secure the Birmingham Midshires Man of the Match award while Paul Wicker weighed in with three for 22.
Almost as impressive was Dartmouth's humbling of Himley at Sandwell Park.
It took an important innings of 47 by new captain Naheem Saijad, backed up by Naqaash Tahir's 32, to rescue the home side from early difficulties as they piled up 191 for nine. Then man of the match Naqaash took over responsibility with the ball, taking five for 28 as Himley crashed to 95 all out.
The third side to be bowled out for fewer than 100 were Wellington on their own Orleton Park pitch where runs these days are increasingly hard to come by.
With Wellington deprived of main strike bowler Nick Clewley, who had broken a finger in mid-week playing basketball, Kevin Bray topscored for K&D with 37 in a batting line-up missing Nick James and Sam Reddish.
Stand-in skipper Jamie Spires chipped in with an unbeaten 30 as the visitors ran up only 143, limited by a top effort by home slow left-armer Adam Byram, who was back to his best with four for 23.
That was enough to make Byram man of the match but it was no consolation given the way the Wellington batting then fell apart.
Old soldier Mike Palmer got rid of four of the home six as he took four for 26, only Byram showing any real resistance with 19 in Wellington's 96.
Just a few miles up the A5, Simon Froggatt's Barnt Green proved too strong for promoted Shrewsbury at London Road - but not before a minor scare after losing their top five cheaply.
It took an unbeaten 43 by former skipper Lyndon Jones, making his first start in 18 months after returning from a year in New Zealand, to help turn things round.
He was well supported by 30 by debutant Gavin Shephard, the former Kings Heath captain, in reaching 184 for eight. That was always going to be out of reach for Shrewsbury.
Home professional Antonio Mullins tried to keep his side afloat, eventually being left marooned on 34, supported only by a few late blows by Spot Davies, on his return to London Road.
But, with Gareth Williams taking four wickets, matched by four for 47 from man of the match Matt Rawnsley on his return to his boyhood club, Shrewsbury were bowled out for 120.
To make matters worse, they failed to report their result to the league's central results service on Saturday night which means an automatic deduction of three points, condeming them to the bottom of the table.
There were winning draws for Kenilworth Wardens and Kidderminster Victoria.
Kidder's Andy Siwicki became the top-flight's first centurymaker of the season with 103 out of 244, the day's top Premier Division total, and was well supported by 59 from Worcestershire Academy player Josh Knappett.
But Siwicki's man-of-the-match effort was not enough to beat an Old Hill side who made a valiant effort to reach their target, totalling 225 for five in response, thanks to Ruwait Khan (62) and Ishtaq Mohammed (53), supported by 48 not out by Shaftab Khalid.
The Warwickshire derby at Coventry was rain-affected after man of the match Keith Bell scored 63 in the home side's 192 for seven. Kenilworth Wardens reached their reduced 25-over target to claim the winning draw. ..SUPL: