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Worcestershire County Cricket League results 24th August

Last Updated: Aug 26, 2013 11:59am
Astwood Bank and Feckenham, Redditch
By Chris Marsh
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Worcestershire County Cricket League

Summary of results Saturday 24th August 2013

In Division One 1st XIs, Astwood Bank started the Bank Holiday weekend with a resounding win over bottom side Oldswinford thanks to 101 not out by overseas start Vince Valente and 99 from home grown skipper Steve Adshead. With a 40 points cushion and just four games left, it now looks as if the others are all chasing second spot as the Bank look set to make their Birmingham League bow and we prepare to welcome Evesham and Worcester Nomads back to our fold.

Pershore have reclaimed second place from Hagley and had last wicket pair Brendan Adams and Luke Dalley’s fine unbroken 10th wicket stand of 51 to thank for that. They now lead the men from The Hall by 12 points and they in turn are just 8 above 4th placed Bromyard who posted a monster 327-3 with contributions from Eral Anderson of 131 not out and from new signing Ryan Tongue of 146 not out and then knocked over Pedmore to leave them still in 9th place, nervously awaiting other results to be sure of avoiding the drop.

Redditch and Dominies drew and Belbroughton improved to the top half by defeating Burghill by just 9 runs to send them to 11th place as Droitwich’s winning draw at Worcester was enough to lift them out of the bottom two and included two centurions, Olly Peppiat’s 109 for the home side not being enough to force a win over the Salt Lake City men who had Mark Van Straten’s 117 as the backbone of their attempts.

Monday, Bank entertain Hagley in a match that, should Hagley pull off a shock victory, could just open the door for Pershore if they defeat local rivals Redditch but the real drama could be at the bottom where Droitwich and Burghill will be looking to improve by making home advantage count over Pedmore and Worcester respectively.

Division Two 1st XIs – Harvington were the only winners as they beat Rushwick and so won a 14th match out of 18 and are 76 points clear of Colwall who were held to a losing draw at 3rd placed Bewdley who are now just 15 points adrift of them.

Enville, in 4th, could not quite get the runs required at Stourport who look in deep relegation trouble as they now trail Cookley who drew at home to Netherton, by 29 points. In the last match played, Feckenham drew at Wormelow.

Tomorrow, Colwall host Harvington and need to avoid defeat to prevent Bewdley making further progress at Feckenham. Cookley entertain Enville and so Stourport will be hoping to return victorious from Tenbury and that Enville get back into gear for a late promotion push.

Division Three 1st XI leaders Lye’s lead climbed to 58 over Harborne as they won at Birlingham and Harborne could only manage a draw at home to Himley. For Lye, Mo Ishtiaq scored 112 not out and Usman Riaz took 7-23 as Birlingham capitulated in just 17.1 overs.

Elsewhere, Alveley beat Romsley and Malvern thrashed Himbleton with Andy Cullen notching another 104. In the final matches, Ross beat Avoncroft and Social beat Alvechurch.

Division Four 1st XIs –Old Vigornians are confirmed as Champions after they beat Old Hill easily at Kings School Worcester and Chaddesley were unable to take the final Halesowen wicket at Earls High School.

Cleobury’s James Manley made 109 not out as they won a high scoring encounter at Barnards Green for whom Roger Thompson made 124 and they are now 3 behind Chaddesley and 16 ahead of Bartestree in 4th who had a winning draw with Bromsgrove and who entertain the Champions next weekend.

In the last game, West Malvern beat Kidderminster to record their 4th win which takes them just above Barnards Green and out of the relegation positions. However, in the final round they must hope to do better at Cleobury than The Green manage at already relegated Old Hill in order to survive the drop.

Division Five 1st XI champions Claverley received their trophy at Neel Park, Worcester before going on to defeat Old Elizabethans thanks to 106 not out and four wickets from Aroon Iqbal.

Martley are an incredible 137 points away in a distant second after they beat Barnt Green and Hanley Castle stay third despite only achieving a losing draw with Kempsey who closed to within 10 points behind them.

In other games, Stourport beat Hallow and Stourbridge leapfrogged Astwood Bank at the foot of the table.

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In the 2nd XIs, Division one Astwood Bank won the title beating Cookley with Tom Shepherd taking 6-24. Second placed Pedmore beat Enville and Colwall thrashed Bewdley thanks to a superb all round effort from Ben Cooke who followed his innings of 172 with 5 wickets.

In other games, Hagley beat Pershore, Rushwick thrashed Belbroughton and Droitwich drew with Coombs Wood.

In Division two, leaders Redditch now head Worcester by 31 points after they had to settle for a winning draw at Dominies and the Norton Barracks-based Worcester ran out winners at Tenbury.

Stourport are 3rd after a defeat at Bromyard and Harborne drew at Himley but still have a slight chance as they are 44 points adrift of the top of the table with only bottom half sides left to play.

Netherton beat Oldswinford and Stourbridge Social won a one wicket thriller at Alvechurch.

Division three 2nd XI leaders Feckenham lost to Wormelow who are now 4th and Lye in 2nd, 18 points behind the leaders, thrashed Birlingham after 139 scored by Saud Ahmed and a magnificent 7-59 from Dave Borley.

Avoncroft held on for a losing draw at Ross but their challenge is faltering rather than improving as they could not keep up the pressure by beating the basement side.

In the final matches, Malvern’s Ashley Jones made 104 not out and took four wickets to help his side to a nine wickets win over Himbleton and Burghill thrashed Harvington by 203 runs.

In Division four, Chaddesley and Claverley both had winning draws and Chaddesley now lead by 10 points with one round left.

New boys Bartestree look to have cemented 3rd place despite returning with few points from their visit to Bromsgrove.

Kidderminster in 4th had a winning draw with Barnt Green and in the final match, Ovs dismissed relegated Old Hill for just 44 and won by 10 wickets in 8 overs.

In Division five, Stourbridge won the title by winning at 3rd placed Astwood Bank despite 101 by Brian Melliard. Stourport beat Hallow to go 2nd and Cleobury Mortimer are just behind these in 4th after a win over OEs. The last match saw a resounding win for Martley over West Malvern.

 

Division Six leaders Canon Frome were confirmed as Champions beating a weakened Redditch who finish bottom. Cutnall Green ended up in 2nd place by hanging on at Netherton. Ombersley beat Stone to claim 3rd.

The Saturday CUP and PLATE restarted with wins for Droitwich 3rds, Worcester 3rds, Dominies 3rds and Redditch 4ths.

Chris Marsh

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