BARNT Green blazed their way to a nine wicket hammering of Halesowen and kept alive their prospects of winning their group in the Birmingham League's Graham Williamson Trophy.

Despite the absence of prolific pinch hitter Ed Pollock, who was on Vitality T20 Blast duty with Birmingham Bears, the Green still made light work of their task, taking a mere 17 overs to reach a winning total.

That was after Halesowen had been reduced to a below par 113 all out in the space of 34 overs.

Green skipper Darrel Williams led from the front by snapping up excellent bowling figures of five for 27 as Ryan Lockley with 33 showed any major resistance with the bat.

Wicketkeeper Amrinder Brar was then promoted into Pollock's opening role and didn't disappoint, smashing 73 off just 62 balls, while Jacques Banton kept him company by adding a further 30 as the Green cantered to a winning 114 for one.

The Green now appear destined to battle out top spot in Group Four with much improved Malvern based side Barnard Green who proved equally convincing when they crushed Kidderminster by 10 wickets.

Kidderminster could only muster a miserable 95 all out with the bat.

Jujhar Johal made 33 but no other Kidderminster batsman could managed to reach double figures.

Oliver Halion proved Kidderminster's undoing as he claimed four for 15, while fellow bowlers Phil Harris, Jonathan Dovey and former Barnt Green player Zain Ul Hassan all chipped in with a couple of wickets.

Kidderminster proved equally ineffective with the ball as Barnards Green knocked off the required runs inside 25 overs as openers Oliver Roguff with 34 not out and Mahaaz Ahmed on 38 not out both carried their bats.

It didn't help Kidderminster's cause that they managed to concede 26 Extras that included 12 wides and six no balls!

The result leaves Barnt Green and Barnards Green locked at the top, but something will have to give this Saturday when the two teams meet at Cherry Hill Road.

Bromsgrove's proposed clash with Ombersley was called off after one of the Ombersley players reported symptons of COVID 19 after attending first team practice the previous evening.

Bromsgrove, who are still seeking their first win since cricket resumed host Halesowen at St Godwalds Park this Saturday while Kidderminster will attempt to redeem themselves when they travel to Ombersley.

HIMLEY pulled off a pleasing four wicket win over Birmingham League newboys Pelsall in Group Two.

Pelsall perished with the bat after being removed for 117 all out.

Todd Henderson hit 42 while Andrew Bentley added 31 to put Pelsall in position to make a reasonable score.

Matt Jeavons then undermined Pelsall's progress by taking four for 24 while Dan Jeavons, Ben Robinson and Jamie Turner claimed further wickets to cut short the innings in the 34th over.

Himley didn't make the best of starts in reply when losing batting talisman Ollie Westbury for eight.

Callum Lea came to the rescue with a convincing 58 as Himley reached 118 for six with two overs to spare.

Despite this victory, Himley still remain fourth in their group, but will look to pull off a prized victory over Walsall this Saturday at Stourbridge Road.