HALESOWEN continued their cracking start to the belated Birmingham League campaign by reeling off a fourth straight success to top Group D of the Graham Williamson Trophy courtesy of a 37 run success over Barnards Green.

Alex Hinkley held Halesowen's batting together following the loss of early wickets with a wellconstructed 61.

Late support from wicketkeeper Wes Griffiths wth 32 and Charlie Hartley who hit 30 took Halesowen to a competitive 212 for eight from their alotted 40 overs.

Oliver Halion hit a half century for Barnards Green in reply, but lacked sufficient support as the Malvern based side came up well short on 175 all out with just four balls remaining.

Eddie Rhodes again kept a tight rein on proceedings with the ball for Halesowen by taking three for 19 while Peter Scott proved equally effective with figures of three for 22.

Halesowen now hold a four point lead over second placed Kidderminster who kept in touch with an easy five wicket win over Bromsgrove.

Jayden Levitt continued his fine form with the bat by scoring 54, but Levitt apart, Bromsgrove failed to put anyway near enough runs on the board when restricted to 133 for six.

Charlie Stainforth kept Bromsgrove's batsmen tied up by taking four for 18 off his eight over spell while Liam Weston accounted for the remaining wickets to fall when finishing with two for eight.

Kidderminster didn't have matters all their own way when they replied and found themselves reduced to 53 for five at one stage.

Former Worcestershire opening bat and current Herefordshire Minor Counties skipper Matt Pardoe joined forces with former Leicester and Worcestershire player Neil Pinner to pave the way for victory.

The pair made light of Bromsgrove's bowling attack, Pardoe plundering 49 not out while Pinner produced an unbeaten 45 not out as Kidderminster cantered to a winning 138 for five in just 26 overs.

Barnt Green bagged a welcome 51 run triumph over Ombersley.

Prolific Warwickshire pinch hitter Ed Pollock compiled 34 off just 22 balls but was followed by some solid batting from Jacques Banton with 51, Amrinder Brar who scored 30 while Dom Harding hit a further 48 in the face of some accurate bowling by former Warwickshire player George Panayi who picked up three for 23 The Green went on to total 248 all out which proved too much for Ombersley in reply who were restricted to 197 for six at close.

The result was rough on Ombersley's Nick Hammond who struck a splendid 120 not out, which included 13 fours and two sixes, but he completely lacked support.

HIMLEY helped themselves to their second success of the campaign in Group B with a surprisingly easy nine wicket walloping of Harborne, who have yet to win a game this term.

Harborne posted a promising total of 235 for seven from their 40 overs, the score being built around solid contributions from Tom Payne with 61 and Jasper Davidson who struck 68.

But Harborne were completely outgunned by Worcestershire's Ollie Westbury when Himley replied.

Westbury carried his bat for an unbeaten 108 not out off 126 balls, his innings containing 14 fours.

Opening partner Bilaal Hussain proved the only batsman to perish after making 48 before Callum Lea arrived at the crease and helped guide Himley over the finishing line with a well compiled 57 not out.