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A double title win for Worcester Nomads

Worcestershire Cricket League Results

Last Updated: Sep 6, 2016 10:04am
Evesham, Wychavon
By Chris Marsh
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Worcestershire County League

Summary of results Saturday 3rd September 2016

The rain really did get its’ teeth into Worcestershire with 45 of 47 matches scheduled not starting any play at all, which leaves most issues unresolved for another week.

Our congratulations are due to Worcester Nomads for winning both Division One titles, the 1sts by not playing in the rain and the 2nds by playing through the rain.

Division one 1st XI leaders Worcester Nomads celebrated their second league title without taking the field and all matches in this division failed to start. What this means for relegation, however, is unclear as any two of the bottom six could still mathematically go down, although the bottom four meet next week as Pedmore play Droitwich and Belbroughton host Oldswinford.

In Division two 1st XIs, the only game played was at Feckenham where visitors Evesham achieved a winning draw. However, the 10 points that the home club took have moved them 5 in front of Chaddesley who, like all other sides, had to settle for 5 abandonment points. For Evesham, Mo Saquib scored 68 and Fahim Maan took 5-26.

Redditch still need 8 points from their final two matches to seal the title and they hope to gain these at Wormelow next week whilst Chaddesley go to Evesham and Feckenham host Lye as the race to come second intensifies. After not playing at Redditch, Alvechurch are relegated but next week’s meeting between Enville and Bredon will be crucial to see who accompanies them to Division three.

In Division three 1st XIs, all games were off so Harborne need 17 points from their final two matches and Kempsey and Old Vigornians are still locked together in joint second behind them. Next week Harborne are at last placed Cleobury, Kempsey are playing at home to 11th placed Malvern and Old Vigornians visit Barnards Green who are 10th so some issues could well get settled in these matches.

In Division four 1st XIs, no matches played, so Fiveways Old Edwardians stay 21 points ahead and still need 28 points, so cannot claim the title next week at home to Stourport unless Martley fail to win at Astwood Bank.

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In the 2nd XIs, only one match was played in Division one, where Worcester Nomads beat Evesham and the nearly incessant rain, to claim the title from last season’s Champions and this year’s confirmed runners up, Stourport.

For Nomads, Ollie Ranscombe scored 55 not out to win the match after Farrukh Shah had earlier scored 65 for Evesham.

In Division two, with no games played, Feckenham need just 3 points to claim the title and should get those against Lye next week.

In Division three 2nds, Chaddesley are just 10 points ahead of Bromsgrove who they meet next week in a match that will probably decide the fate of the trophy

Division four 2nd XI leaders Astwood Bank kept their 10 point advantage above Stourport and both sides will be hoping to complete a fine double promotion as they are 35 points ahead of Himley in 3rd with two rounds remaining

Next week Bank visit Martley and Stourport host Himbleton but then in the final match of the season the top two will meet at Astwood Bank to decide the title.


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