OMBERSLEY were denied by Worcestershire batsman Tom Fell after being restricted to a home winning draw by Wolverhampton.

The second-placed villagers amassed 268-5 from 55 overs in Birmingham League Premier Division Two but the Black Country outfit held on with 204-6.

The highlight of the unthreatening reply was 100 from Fell off 128 balls.

His former colleague at New Road, Gareth Andrew, took 3-36 for Ombersley.

In a match between sides relegated from the top tier last season, the hosts were boosted by runs from Uday Kaul (105), Nick Hammond (67) and Liam Gwynne (59).

After batting first following an uncontested toss Barnards Green tumbled to 77 all out against Himley with their batsmen unable to come to terms with fine seam bowling from Chris Boroughs (5-27), Aqab Ahmed (3-43) and Jamie Turner (2-4).

Himley cantered to a nine-wicket win in 14 overs with 28 not out from Worcestershire’s Oliver Westbury and 28 from Greg Wright.

In another match where both sides wanted to bat first, home side Bromsgrove called correctly against Bridgnorth but ran into early trouble as left-arm seamers Adam Quiney (5-55) and Dan Kearsley (2-21) reduced them to 61-7.

Deon Patel (28) and Alex Wilkinson (18) took advantage of Bridgnorth dropping three easy opportunities but they were all out for 115 in 39.4 overs.

Quiney was then used as a pinch-hitter by Bridgnorth and hit 46 from 38 balls before he was second out at 64.

Although they lost four more wickets, the damage had been done before Jean-Pierre Erasmus took the visitors to a much-needed four-wicket victory with an unbeaten 51.

Home side Brockhampton elected to bat first against Halesowen and reached 206 all out from 54.1 overs led by 78 from the Australian Param Uppal.

Oliver Rogoff (38) and Dominic Badger (34) also played a part as Masharraf Shazad took 4-63 for Halesowen who were indebted to a patient 56 off 102 balls from Ryan Lockley.

The next highest scorer was Hassan Akram with 27no and it was a seventh-wicket partnership of 41 between this pair that proved to be the difference in the three-wicket success.

Adam Hewlett took 3-53 for Brockhampton who remain in the bottom two, 24 points behind Bridgnorth and two ahead of basement boys Tamworth.

In Premier Division One, West Bromwich Dartmouth defeated visitors Kidderminster by 187 runs.

When West Brom batsman Rawlston Tappin was dismissed for 43 with the score on 149-4, few at Sandwell Park would have guessed their final score of 274 would be achieved without further loss.

Shazeb Raja (104no) and Shozair Ali (61no) added a further 125 at a run-a-ball.

In response Kidderminster collapsed to 87 all out as Ali celebrated his recent call-up to the Staffordshire side with 4-20.

Barnt Green, who won the Williamson Trophy the previous week, went down to a one-wicket defeat to Shifnal in a thrilling finish at Cherry Hill Road.

Green won the toss and elected to bat before being restricted to 209-8 in 55 overs by the Shropshire side.

Oliver Stone top scored with 48 and Jack Twigger was the most successful bowler with 3-67.

At 66-5 Shifnal were looking outsiders for victory but a stand of 109 for the sixth wicket between Chris Murrall (75) and James Sookias (50) put them back in control.

Sookias was dismissed by Darrel Williams (3-72) at 175 and another batsman fell at 178 but an eighth-wicket stand of 25 took Shifnal to the brink of success before two run outs left them on 203-9.

Last-wicket pair Alex Wyatt and Alex Riley kept their heads and Shifnal came out on top with two balls remaining.

RESULTS — PREMIER DIVISION ONE

Barnt Green (6 points) 209-8 (O.Stone 48, J.Twigger 3-67) lost to Shifnal (24 points) 210-9 (C.Murrall 75, J.Sookias 50, D.Williams 3-72) by 1 wicket.

Berkswell (15 points) 217 (A.Javid 54, N.James 51, A.Awan 3-35, F.Eburah 3-36) drew with Moseley (8 points) 165-7 (B.Griffin 63*).

Dorridge (4 points) 153 (D.Ball 40, B.Coburn 4-29, S.Reddish 3-21) lost to Knowle & Dorridge (20 points) 154-7 (F.Sabir 4-40) by 3 wickets.

Kenilworth Wardens (2 points) 219-8 (R.Linfield 98*, B.Cox 5-53, P.Byrne 3-37) lost to Walsall (20 points) 220-1 (J.Middleton 132*, S.Akhtar 82*) by 9 wickets.

Smethwick (1 point) 110 (T.Ibbotson 5-33) lost to Shrewsbury (20 points) 113-0 (W.Parton 74*) by 10 wickets.

W.B. Dartmouth (24 points) 274-4 (S.Raja 104*, S.Ali 61*, R.Tappin 43) defeated Kidderminster (1 point) 87 (S.Ali 4-20) by 187 runs.

PREMIER DIVISION TWO

Barnards Green (0 points) 77 (C.Boroughs 5-27, A.Ahmed 3-43) lost to Himley (20 points) 80-1 by 9 wickets.

Brockhampton (5 points) 206 (P.Uppal 78, M.Shazad 4-63) lost to Halesowen (24 points) 207-7 (R.Lockley 56, A.Hewlett 3-53) by 3 wickets.

Bromsgrove (3 points) 115 (A.Quiney 5-55) lost to Bridgnorth (24 points) 119-6 (J-P. Erasmus 51*, A.Quiney 46, G.Williams 4-38) by 4 wickets.

Leamington Spa (18 points) 303-7 (H.Smith 125, S.Hussain 62) drew with Tamworth (7 points) 166-9 (D.Bowker 55, O.Currill 4-31).

Ombersley (15 points) 268-5 (U.Kaul 105, N.Hammond 67, L.Gwynne 59) drew with Wolverhampton (6 points) 204-6 (T.Fell 100, G.Andrew 3-36).

Oswestry (24 points) 279-9 (W.Fynn 85, R.Walker 73, J.Carrasco 70, S.Gugale 6-40) defeated Harborne (6 points) 179 (J.Hunt 46*, S.Gugale 45, L.Samarakoon 3-21, W.Fynn 3-31) by 100 runs.