DANGEROUS Dan Vernon produced a sensational last gasp blast with the bat as Himley snatched a stunning last ball success over local rivals Halesowen in the Birmingham League.

In yet another rain ruined weekend, Himley managed to hold their nerve to secure an unlikely six wicket win thanks to Vernon's late heroics with the bat.

Chasing a target of 129 to win from a reduced 25 overs, Vernon cracked nine runs from the final three balls of the game to help Himley scrape over the line.

Having been put into bat, Halesowen were soon in trouble as they slumped to 19 for four.

Ed Bragg then began turning Halesowen's fortunes around by hammering 65 off 46 balls, his innings comprising of four fours and five sixes.

Bragg found a willing accomplice in Harry Badhams who added a further 29 as Halesowen posted a total of 128 for eight from their allotted 25 overs.

Mahaaz Ahmed mopped up Halesowen's lower order by claiming bowling figures of three for 20 but it was Matt Jeavons with two for 11 off five overs and Ollie Walker, who took one for 15 that applied the brake to Halesowen's batting.

In reply, Himley were held together by Bilal Hussein who carried his bat for an unbeaten 69 not out off 72 balls.

Former Worcestershire player Ollie Westbury with 19 and Ollie Walker on 11 tried to inject some momentum into the innings, but there was still a great deal of work to be done when Vernon at the crease'

Himley still required 11 runs from the final over which had decreased to nine by the time Vernon took strike with three balls remaining.

Vernon struck the first two deliveries he faced to the boundary before scampering a single off the final delivery to seal an unlikely victory with the score on 129 for four.

Himley will hope to build on this success when they travel to Barnards Green this Saturday while Halesowen will attempt to get their title prospects back on track when they take on Pelsall at Seth Somers Park.

Bromsgrove had their contest with Oswestry abandoned and will bid for better luck with the weather when they visit Wem.

Kidderminster's top flight clash at Shifnal was also called off but hope for a return to action when they face Shrewsbury this Saturday at Chester Road.

Barnt Green's scheduled contest with Shrewsbury also fell foul of the weather but they'll be keeping their fingers crossed that Saturday's trip to Leamington goes ahead.