HIMLEY showed their ruthless streak to batter Barnards Green and move top of Birmingham and District League Division One.

They bowled their visitors out for just 85 for knocking off their target with ease to record an nine-wicket win.

Chris Boroughs and Adam Finch destroyed the visiting top order before Jamie Turner and Euan Wentworth got among the wickets to mop up the tail.

Only Oli Swift reached double figures for Green with 26.

Oliver Westbury (17) fell early in Himley's reply but Bilaal Hussain (39) and Chris Boroughs (20) guided them home.

The victory moves them top of the table on the same points as Kidderminster, Shifnal and Tamworth after three games.

Captain Greg Wright said: "We went into it knowing they were dangerous. They had beaten us in the corresponding fixture last season.

"Because of that we wanted to get out of the traps quickly and I think we caught them a little cold.

"We know we've got a really useful bowling attack and it's great to see them firing at the moment.

"We managed to knock off the runs easily enough and that now gives us something to build on.

"Bromsgrove are also a strong side but it is a chance for us to do that."

Himley will look to maintain their good start to the season when the Boars visit this Saturday (noon start).

Wright has no selection issues ahead of the weekend.

Meanwhile, Himley have boosted their ranks with the addition of Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Aditya Tare.

The club moved for the experienced Mumbai skipper after their efforts to bring Nipun Karunanayake back to Stourbridge Road were halted due to the player's Sri Lankan commitments.