Mike Barnard's six-wicket haul wasn’t quite enough to seal victory for Shrewsbury against Knowle & Dorridge, the team which pipped them to the Birmingham League title last year.
Barnard, enjoying such an impressive season for the London Road club, removed six of Knowle’s top seven as the visitors, replying to Shrewsbury’s 250-8, just about held out to close on 203-9.
Last weekend's winning draw, worth 15 points to Shrewsbury, means the county towners remain well placed in third in the premier division table, nine points behind leaders Berkswell.
“It was a good effort,” said Ed Foster, the Shrewsbury all-rounder. "I think 15 points is a good return against one of the sides in the top three or four, but having them nine down, it would have been nice to have obviously picked up the tenth wicket.”
Shrewsbury, asked to bat first, were well served by opener Will Parton, who struck 14 fours on his way to making 83 from 77 balls. Parton put on 85 for the second wicket with Foster (40).
Late impetus was provided down the order by Henry Blofield and Tyler Ibbotson as they shared an unbroken ninth-wicket stand of 61 after coming together with the score on 189-8 when Joe Hart, the Manchester City goalkeeper, was caught behind on his first league appearance for Shrewsbury since 2007.
Blofield, making a welcome return to the side, ended unbeaten on 33 and Ibbotston was 32 not out, their partnership a new club record for the ninth wicket in the Birmingham League, beating the previous best of 52 between Ollie Westbury and William Davies against Walmley two years ago.
“We relied on that partnership to get us to a slightly above par score really, which meant we had a bit of freedom when it came to bowling,” said Foster.
Barnard, who claimed 6-48 from 15 lively overs, was quickly among the wickets against a Knowle side without their New Zealand international batsman George Worker as he quickly reduced the visitors to 40-5 by taking all five wickets.
Oliver Haley (70) and Martin Donald (51) led a fightback by putting on 117 for the sixth wicket before offspinner Blofield (2-52) bowled Donald.
The ninth wicket fell with the score on 190 but Ben Griffin and Will Mottram negotiated the closing stages to deny Shrewsbury victory.
Foster added: “Mike Barnard just carried on from where he left off in weeks before. He’s making a real name for himself in the league again this season, not only following on from weeks gone by but seasons gone by as well.
“He’s a very reliable player for us and is carrying a massive threat whatever side we come up against.”
Meanwhile, Shrewsbury II had two centurions as they pulled off a convincing 285 run victory at Pershore II in reserve division one of the Birmingham League.
James Hulton-Harrop led the way with 163 from just 86 balls, an excellent knock which featured no fewer than 15 fours and ten sixes.
Opener Peter Clark was also in fine touch for 139, from 133 deliveries, hitting 14 boundaries and five sixes in the process.
That helped Shrewsbury, who host Penkridge II on Saturday, put an imposing 386-6 on the board from 50 overs.
Joe Pattenden (4-11) and Lewis Evans (3-23) then got to work with the ball as Pershore were dismissed for 101 inside 21 overs.
Updated 14:08 - 13 Jul 2018 by Shrewsbury Cricket Club