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Himley closing in on leaders
12:00pm Thursday 30th August 2012 in Cricket
STUART Wedge says Himley are ready to go hell for leather to realise their Birmingham Premier League title dream.
The Stourbidge Road outfit have closed the gap on league leaders Walsall to eight points after a weather-affected Bank Holiday weekend.
With three games remaining the skipper says his side are entering the business end of the season with confidence high.
He said: “The way we have been playing we feel we have a good chance against anybody.
“Obviously you can’t get complacent and there are some tough fixtures left.
“It’s going to be tight but we just have to get on with it. With the way things have panned out in recent weeks it really is all to play for.”
Himley began the weekend by picking up a six-wicket win at West Bromwich Dartmouth in which they skittled the hosts out for just 106, Nick Harrison taking a superb 8-31.
That cut Walsall’s lead to nine points and it narrowed further when Himley were able to take nine wickets at Wolverhampton in a game which was abandoned with the home side 77-9.
Wedge’s side now travel to Brockhampton, themselves not totally out of the title race, on Saturday.
He added: “Obviously the weather played a massive factor in the weekend and things went in our favour.
“We were able to close up on Walsall while we’ve also gained a bit of breathing space over the chasing pack.
“It was a good toss to win at Wolverhampton on Monday and the obvious choice to make them bat.
“Who knows, had we had another hour we might have picked up the win.”
Darren Hall and Scott Robbins took four wickets each as Netherton eased their relegation fears with a seven-wicket home win over Romsley and Hunnington on Saturday.
Ahsan Khan, who hit 21, was one of only two Romsley players to reach double figures as the visitors were skittled for 74 batting first.
Paul Harris then scored 23 as the hosts chased down the target in just 23.5 overs.
On Monday, their game at Belbroughton was abandoned with the hosts on 168-8, meaning Netherton remain eighth in Worcestershire League Division Two — 19 points clear of the drop zone with two games to play.
They travel to Rushwick on Saturday.