BIRMINGHAM LEAGUE REVIEW
With top two Knowle & Dorridge and Himley suffering surprise defeats, Wolverhampton made up valuable ground to climb into second place, just six points adrift of the leaders.
Half-centuries from Mike Smith (66), Sairaj Bahatule (64) and David Wheeldon (56) helped the Black Country outfit declare on 241 for four after 54 overs against Moseley.
Any hopes the home side had of reeling them in were thwarted by the bowling of Chris Russell who included a hat-trick in his six for 33.
Moseley finished on 119 all out with Keith Bell (41), the only batsman offering any resistance.
That result means the Streetsbrook Road side are now level at the foot of the table after basement boys Shrewsbury pulled off the shock of the day with a 35-run victory at home to K&D.
Student Tom Allin was their bowling hero, taking four for 28 as the league leaders were skittled out for 148. Again, it was Nick James (53) who kept the scoreboard ticking as wickets fell around him. Rob Foster had earlier top-scored for the hosts with a delightful 70.
Himley’s hopes of taking over at the top were dashed as they went down by 42 runs at Barnt Green.
A half-century from Dan Shilvock helped the home side to 175 all out with Stuart Wedge returning figures of five for 45, but runs proved hard to come by for Himley and the visitors fell well short of their target; they drop to third place as the season reaches the halfway stage.
Elsewhere, Walmley crushed Bromsgrove by 163 runs to end the latter’s good run while Kidderminster Victoria claimed a seven-wicket win at home to Leamington Spa.
Kenilworth Wardens secured a winning draw at Walsall.