HIMLEY have been promoted to top flight Birmingham League cricket next season while Kidderminster will be heading in the opposite direction after finishing rock bottom in Premier One.

Kidderminster couldn't bow out on a winning note after losing their final league fixture against Barnards Green by 97 runs.

Former Worcester and Leicestershire allrounder George Rhodes revenged Kidderminster's bowling attack by scoring 136 not out as Barnards Green batted first.

Rhodes found a willing accomplice in Phil Harris who hit a further 70 runs as Barnards Green reached an imposing total of 274 for six, while Liam Weston proved the pick of Kidderminster's bowling attack by taking three for 42.

Kidderminster made a confident start in reply through skipper Neil Pinner who made 43.

Former Worcestershire opening bat Matt Pardoe then supplied an unbeaten 50 not out before running out of partners with the score at 177, Dan Holland causing belated damage by taking four for 22.

Kidderminster now drop down a level along with Shrewsbury to be replaced by Himley and West Bromwich Dartmouth.

Himley made certain of success when beating Bromsgrove by four wickets.

The result also condemned Bromsgrove to relegation and the prospect of Worcester County League cricket next season.

That was after Bromsgrove had made a promising start with the bat but then dramatically collapsed from 77 for two to 125 all out.

Amaan Hassan made 31 before the innings was uprooted by the combined efforts of Ben Robinson who bagged four for 19 while Ollie Walker claimed three for 17.

Connor Smith then laid the foundations for victory by cracking 10 fours in his score of 57 as Himley reached 126 for six.

Alex Wilkinson continued his excellent form with the ball by taking three for 34 but it wasn't enough to save Bromsgrove.

Back in Premier One, Barnt Green blitzed their way to a six wicket success over one-time title hopefuls Halesowen.

Opening bat Ben Tredget struck 62 as Halesowen posted a target of 179 all out as Barnt Green strike bowler Andy Sutton helped himself to figures of four for 25.

Halesowen must have wondered what had hit them when the Green replied.

In the space of just six overs, the Green had compiled 94 runs.

Worcestershire's Ed Pollock set the tone when scoring 47 off 17 balls while Jacques Banton proved equally effective when reaching 40 off 14 balls.

Ben Chapman-Lilley then supplied a more sedate 45 not out as the Green achieved their target on 185 for four off a boundary laden 21 overs.

The Birmingham League now embark on the end of season play-offs where Worcestershire County League champions Old Hill carry local hopes when they take on Milford Hall from Stafford, Olton and West Warwickshire plus Shropshire winners Wellington.