PENKIDGE firsts were crowned Birmingham Division Three champions as they won their 17th game of the season with a close nine run victory at home over third place Kings Heath.
After winning the toss and deciding to bat, Penkridge made an impressive start with both openers Attiq Chishti (75) and Ben Holmes (82) set the platform.
They were then backed up with knock of 30 for Laeq Chishti and Zahoor Iqbal (20) for the hosts as they posted 280-6 from their 50 overs.
In reply, Kings Heath started well and at 214- 3 they looked favourites to win.
However, Penkridge showed the fighting sprit which has been evident all season, and with the reintroduction of opening bowlers Mohammed Murad (2-55) and Laeq Chishti (2-34) they turned the game as the hosts took vital wickets and were able to decrease the scoring rate.
In the end from their 50 over’s Kings Heath finished on 271-9 giving Penkridge a nine run victory and another 20 points.
Rob Lawrence claimed a century to help Penkridge seconds get within touching distance of promotion in the Birmingham and District seconds Div2 as they secured their fifth successive win.
They now require just two more points from their final two games after a comprehensive six wicket victory over Stourbridge on Saturday.
Stourbridge won the toss and elected to bat and found runs hard to come by as all the Penk bowlers bowled with great accuracy.
Khalid Sadiq (2-26), Shirjeel Mir (2-36) and Rich James (1-26) were the pick of the visitors bowlers as the hosts reached 185-6 off their 50 overs.
Penkridge’s reply started badly as they lost two early wickets, but stand in captain Rob Lawrence (100) stepped up to the plate blasting boundaries to all parts of the ground as he brought up a run a ball century to put Penkridge in control.
Lawrence was ably supported by Ian brown (33 no) and Simon Parnaby (26 no) as Penkridge cruised to a six wicket victory with more than 13 over’s to spare.
Penkridge third team moved to just 15 points behind Staffordshire Club Cricket Div1 league leaders Wolverhampton as they comfortably beat West Bromwich Dartmouth third team.
After losing the toss, Penkridge were inserted to bat and were indebted to skipper Mo Hassan who hit 106 not out in a total of 226-7.
In reply, West Brom lost early wickets and were never in the contest as they were dismissed for just 109 in the 36th over with Faisal Nadeem (3-31) and Nawaz Khan (3-14) the pick of the Penkridge bowlers.