KIDDERMINSTER gave reigning champions Berkswell a real run for their money before losing out by three wickets.

Initially Kidderminster's prospects didn't look promising after they lost their former Worcestershire opening bat Matt Pardoe without a single run on the scoreboard after Warwickshire strike bowler Ryan Sidebottom had him caught behind by keeper Liam Gateley.

Sam Beadsworth and Joe Miszkowski rapidly followed Pardoe back to the pavilion with just 10 runs to the total before Adam Hose turned the innings around on his debut by making 88 off 75 balls, his innings containing 10 fours and five sixes.

Support was on hand with Callum Bennett 18, Barney Morgan 21 and Charlie Stainforth 23 helping to take the total to a much more respectable 172 all out off 39 overs.

Former Derbyshire seamer Tom Milnes with three for 31 and one time Glamorgan spinner Nick James who snapped up three for 28 proved the pick of Berkswell's powerful bowling attack.

But Berkswell didn't have matters all their own way in reply.

Former Warwickshire and Leicestershire batsman Ateeq Javid opened with a solid 34 but wickets fell at regular intervals to the point where Berkswell were staring defeat in the face at 144 for seven.

Former Warwickshire players Grant Thornton with 22 not out and skipper Dominic Ostler on 12 not out held their nerve to supply the remaining 33 runs required for victory.

Liam Weston gave little away with the ball as he bagged figures of two for 24 off 10 overs while there was a wicket apiece for Pardoe, Stainforth, Chris Steele and Ben Parker.

BARNT Green go second in Premier Division One after defeating West Bromwich Dartmouth by 110 runs.

Dom Harding led the way with a well compiled 72 while solid contributions from Jacques Banton 39, Amrinder Brar 44 and skipper Darrel Williams with 43 not out saw Barnt Green build an imposing total of 257 for six from their allotted 50 overs.

Dartmouth suffered an early collapse in reply and never recovered as they were finally reduced to 147 all out in the 38th over.

Strike bowlers Andy Sutton with three for 34 and Adam Hines who took one for 18 caused most of the early damage, but it was Robbie Shermer who really stole the show, ripping out Dartmouth's middle order to finish with five for 36.

HALESOWEN completely hammered hapless Harborne in Premier Division Two.

Jamie Harris held sway with a sensational 169 off 144 balls, hitting 25 fours and four sixes before finally being run out.

Harris found a willing partner in Alex Hinkley who helped himself to a further 80 runs from 71 balls as the pair put on 191 for the third wicket.

They helped Halesowen build a huge target of 332 for six before skittling out Harborne for just 76 in reply to record an overwhelming 256 run success.

Halesowen's opening attack of Eddie Rhodes and James Rudge caused all the damage.

Rhodes ripped out six for 30 from his 10 overs while Rudge reeled off three for 42 from nine to remove a helpless Harborne in just 19 overs.

Halesowen now share top spot with Bromsgrove who beat Dorridge by 37 runs in a rain revised contest.

Jayden Levitt lashed his second consecutive century by scoring 110 off 122 balls.

Connor Smith with 36 wicketkeeper Alex Milton 35 and another former Kidderminster player Rich Kimberlin with 32 kept the runs flowing as Bromsgove built a target of 243 for seven.

An interruption for rain resulted with Dorridge requiring 203 to victory from 40 overs but that scenario never arose as Bromsgrove bowled them out for 165 with eight balls to spare.

Evergreen Gareth Williams gave nothing away with the ball by taking one for 14 off eight overs, but it was skipper Mark Evenson who showed the way when taking four for 29.

Himley helped themselves to a welcome win when overcoming Oswestry by eight wickets.

Dan Vernon produced dynamic figures of four for 22 and was well backed up by James Lunn with two for 19 and Matt Jeavons who claimed two for 20 as Oswestry recovered from 62 for five at one stage to reach 171.

Himley romped home in reply, racing to a winning 172 for two in the 39th over.

Skipper Ollie Westbury laid the foundation with 35 and found plenty of support from Bilaal Hussain on 46, Callum Lea who made 43 not out and Oliver Walker on 17 not out.