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Colwall Close the Gap in Division One

Worcestershire County League Results

Last Updated: Sep 11, 2016 09:16pm
Colwall, County of Herefordshire
By Chris Marsh
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Worcestershire County League

Summary of results Saturday 10th September 2016

The rain ruined a lot of matches yet again, but half did start play and of those 18 results were concluded. So, a big thank you is owed to all our Groundsmen!

Division one 1st XI leaders Worcester Nomads failed to start at Hagley and so Colwall closed the gap with some bonus points at home to Burghill before the rain ended proceedings prematurely. Elsewhere, it was the relegation battles that caught the eye for, whereas Belbroughton and Oldswinford now look doomed after failing to start at Hackman’s Gate, Pedmore seem to have saved themselves with a winning draw at home to Droitwich and are now 10 points behind their visitors in 10th place. For Droitwich, Jordan Renau scored 94 not out.

Next week’s final matches should settle the question of who will go down with Oldswinford, as Belbroughton must visit Droitwich and Pedmore travel to Stourport. However, Oldswinford could, just, still save themselves with a win at Cookley.

In Division two 1st XIs, a few issues were settled and Redditch were crowned Champions with a win at Wormelow and so return to Division One after just one season away. Feckenham racked up 249-9 declared against Lye and then bowled them out for just 54, with Tom Coulson grabbing 6-23, to claim a maximum 24 points and are now clear 2nd, 20 points in front of Chaddesley who were held to a losing draw by 4th placed Evesham despite Ibrahim Jiva making an unbeaten 81.

No play at Bromyard, so Coombs Wood were unable to make any progress and Alvechurch’s match with Dominies was called off at tea thus sending Alvechurch back down after just one season and ending their faint hopes of survival.

In the tussle for the other relegation position, Bredon got the better of the draw with Enville and now have 4 more points than Wormelow who are 4 in front of Enville. In the final round, Enville have the most difficult task at Feckenham whilst Bredon host Alvechurch and Wormelow travel to Worcester Dominies.

In Division three 1st XIs, Harborne’s match at Cleobury was off and so their lead was cut to 21 points as Old Vigornians had a winning draw at Barnards Green. Less fortunate were Kempsey who only got 9 points from their abandoned match at home to relegated Malvern.

Netherton who beat Himbleton thanks to Danny Lowe’s 7-37 are also not out of the hunt for a second place finish as the table now reads: Harborne 306 (need 4 to be Champions), Ovs 285, Kempsey 278 and Netherton 277.

Elsewhere, Rushwick beat Avoncroft by one wicket thanks to Clive Jones taking 6-32 and next week Harborne entertain Kempsey, Old Vigornians host 5th placed Bartestree whilst Netherton are at home to Avoncroft.

In Division four 1st XIs, Fiveways will also need at least four points in the final match next week after they were rained off just like their closest rivals Martley. Both will be promoted but of the matches played, Alveley and Halesowen both had 8 wicket wins over Oldswinford and Kidderminster respectively, to ensure that their mini fight for survival lasts until next week when Alveley’s trip to Martley looks tougher than Halesowen’s to relegated Oldswinford but Alveley do start with a six point advantage.

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In the 2nd XIs, only three matches were played in Division one, where Champions Worcester Nomads drew with Hagley with their young keeper Ollie Ranscombe scoring his maiden century, Bewdley beat Evesham thanks to runs and wickets from Luke Groves and Redditch’s Geoff Eley made 124 not out in 32 overs and then watched as no further play was possible.

Belbroughton are relegated and Pedmore will need to make it a double against Stourport if they are to cheat the relegation trap door next week.

In Division two, Feckenham clinched the title without playing and Harborne will join them in Division One after their game was also called off.

However, Burghill achieved a winning draw over Enville, Droitwich beat Wormelow and Oldswinford may have saved themselves with a win over Bromyard as it seems that both Avoncroft and Rushwick will be relegated following Avoncroft’s winning draw at Rushwick which featured Sam Hughes’ 143 not out and David Anson’s 116.

In Division three 2nds, the match between the top two, Chaddesley and Bromsgrove was not played and so Alvechurch, who had a 24 point bonus as a result of a concession, can still pip these two by winning again next week. The other matches all failed to start except at Claverley where 7 man Kempsey were severely tested as they conceded 268-5 declared in 35 overs and were then bundled out in 16 overs for 38. For Claverley Nadeem Ahmad scored 100 not out.

The top three are all pitted against sides from the bottom four next week with Alvechurch at home to Bredon, Chaddesley at Kempsey and Bromsgrove at Kidderminster. 

Division four 2nd XI has new leaders as Stourport were fortunate to have 24 points from a concession and have now moved 9 in front of Astwood Bank, who were rained off, as a result. These two sides meet next week at Hanbury to decide the fate of the title but both will be promoted.

In the only match played Halesowen beat Ross by two wickets with 4 balls to spare.


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