BARNARDS Green host mid-table rivals Himley on Saturday (noon) looking to break back into the Birmingham Cricket League Premier Division Two top five.

The sixth-placed Malvern side are only 12 points behind Ombersley in second but also just seven in front of Himley in seventh.

Green were involved in the only draw of the day in the league on Saturday at Halesowen.

The hosts finished a long way behind on 169-8 after an early batting collapse.

Big-hitting Phil Harris played a leading role for Green with 78 off 57 deliveries with three fours and seven sixes in a total of 251-5 which was boosted by 111 runs off the last 15 overs.

Worcestershire all-rounder George Rhodes hit 100 off 117 balls with eight fours and one six, fellow opener Ryan Tongue 31 and Ollie Halion 25.

Masharraf Shazad took 2-58 from 11 overs for Halesowen.

Harris (3-36) then made early inroads into the home innings with three wickets in his first four overs as they slumped to 12-4.

But stout resistance from Shazad (41 not out), Eddie Rhodes (41) and Wes Griffiths (33) saw Halesowen safe in 55 overs.

Tongue bowled economically for 2-26 off 15 overs while Josh Blunt took 2-56.

Green claimed 16 points and Halesowen six.

The Malvern club's seconds and thirds both enjoyed wins.

The seconds are also sixth in Worcestershire League Division Three after beating visitors Stourbridge seconds by six wickets.

Green bowled the Black Country side out for 178 in 42.2 overs with Blair Kingsland taking 4-26, Lewis Regan 3-44 and Sam Clarke 2-21.

The hosts took just 20.1 overs to win with 182-4 thanks to Stewart Hepburn (46), Jack Mackintosh (32no), Callum Morris (22no) and Manu John (21).

Green thirds triumphed at Tenbury seconds by five wickets in Division 12 South West.

Owen Throup (3-28) and Luke Haffield (3-31) helped dismiss Tenbury for 148 in 35.4 overs.

Green fielded well with sharp catches from Josh Mallinson, Owen Gregory and Haffield.

In reply, Green won in 32.3 overs with 152-5 through opener Roger Thompson (47), Ollie Davies (22), Haffield (20no) and Mallinson (16).