OMBERSLEY remain in contention for the Birmingham League Premier Division Two title after claiming a winning draw against Barnards Green.

Just 17 points separate the top six with Ombersley sitting in third position with eight matches remaining.

The all-Worcestershire clash between Ombersley and Barnards Green was a 42 overs per side affair after heavy drizzle prevented any play before 1.25 p.m.

The home side batted first and were indebted to an excellent 75 from Nick Hammond, who hit seven fours and a six as they reached 182-8.

Hammond and Declan Lines (38) added 100 for the fifth wicket as the visitors used six bowlers in a vain attempt to break the partnership.

George Rhodes began the Malvern club’s reply with three successive fours but from the next ball he was well caught by Hammond off Gareth Andrew (3-34).

At 54-5, Green were struggling but Joe Crichard (71) and Taylor Pugh (28 not out) added 60 for the seventh wicket to see them close on 165-7 from 43 overs.

Bromsgrove must have been concerned against lowly Tamworth after being dismissed for 160 but won by 38 runs.

Ashley Newfield hit 72 from 140 balls in the innings and his third wicket partnership of 87 with Alex Milton (33) was vital to Bromsgrove’s success.

Tamworth’s opening bowlers Josh Bowker (4-16) and Edward Smith (3-38) were key in keeping Bromsgrove to a manageable total. But apart from 35 from Josh Rudge, his batting colleagues showed little fight against a miserly attack as Alex Wilkinson starred with 4-28, bowling Tamworth out for 122.

Brockhampton remain at the foot of the table after suffering a losing draw to Wolverhampton.

Opener Amritpal Singh was run-out for 99 while Tom Fell (40) and Matthew Kleinveldt (35) added useful runs as Wolverhampton notched 223-6 from 48 overs.

Freddie Cross picked up 3-39 for Brockhampton.

A half-century from Param Uppal (52) and 40 from Adam Hewlett promised much for Brockhampton but spinners Joe Stanley (4-52) and Kleinveldt (3-50) took over.

In Premier Division One, Liam Weston’s return to the Kidderminster side after a month’s absence paid dividends against Moseley.

He took 4-19 as Moseley crashed to 80 all out despite the inclusion of Warwickshire batsmen Rob Yates and Alex Thomson.

Barney Morgan supported Weston with 3-25 before Kidderminster skipper Neil Pinner hit 43 from 34 balls to ease his side to a six-wicket success in 15.2 overs.

Barnt Green had West Bromwich Dartmouth rocking on 123-8 before Ian Stevenson hit 52 from 53 balls to take his team to 211 all out.

Most of the early damage was done by Andy Sutton (3-63) before Adam Hines destroyed Dartmouth’s middle-order.

He finished with 5-45 but apart from Don Harding (55) Green’s batters failed to perform as they were dismissed for 100.