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Fourth League Century for Ridings

Summary of results Saturday 13th September 2014

Last Updated: Sep 18, 2014 06:06am
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By Chris Marsh
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Most of the final week’s matches went according to form and at least the season ended in Sunshine in most places except for near darkness at Harborne, see below!

In Division One 1st XIs, Worcester did indeed maintain a record Division One winning margin by consigning Bromyard to a relegation position and Pershore’s Liam Ridings scored his 4th league century to trump a spirited hundred from Colwall’s Ben Wheeler. Liam and Ullrich Boshoff, also of Pershore, ended as the two leading scorers.

Pershore thus win the runners up trophy, three points in front of Worcester Nomads who won their third match in succession, beating Belbroughton. Pedmore beat already relegated Evesham with fine all round performances from Dave Skelding and James Burgoyne and Hagley beat Harvington thanks to Amjad Ali’s and Joe Lennon’s runs.

In the final match Redditch just beat Droitwich and in the process both ensured survival, despite a century for the visitors’ Kris Corbett.

Division Two 1st XIs – Champions Burghill won for the 16th time in 19 games played (the most by any side in the league) beating Worcester Dominies and end up 76 points in front of Bewdley who won at Wormelow to clinch the runners up spot.

Oldswinford overtook Dominies into 3rd by winning at home to Enville and Lye have finished 5th, some 53 points behind the Dominies, after triumphing at Cookley.

With relegation already decided, Rushwick were put to the sword by Coombs Wood who scored 433-6 in their overs that included Carl Whyte’s 122 which was always likely to be too many, although the home side’s Mark Groves did score 120 in reply. Likewise, Feckenham visited relegated Malvern and Jamie Griffiths enjoyed the trip scoring 123 in his side’s 208 run victory.

Division Three 1st XIs – leaders Harborne had to win to ensure they would be crowned Champions ahead of Stourport despite starting the day 10 points in front of them. However, Stourport recorded their 9 wickets win over relegated Alveley, thanks to 118 not out from Bevan Neill at 5.44pm and then had to nervously wait for over two hours before they could get their hands on the trophy, when news finally came through at 7.56pm that Harborne had ended up with maximum bonus points yet just short of Chaddesley’s 282 in a thrilling match that ended in the dark!

Congratulations to both, who will be in Division two next season along with 3rd placed Bredon, winners at Ross on Wye. These three sides ended 47 points in front of Netherton who beat Cleobury Mortimer thanks to 104 from Steve Hall despite 105 from Dave Shorter for the visitors.

Elsewhere, Old Vigornians beat Avoncroft and Alvechurch won at Tenbury thanks to 111 from Ed Rodgers.

Division Four 1st XIs – Champions Bartestree beat Kidderminster, who finished 4th and Himbleton completed their programme in runners up place after beating Halesowen with Stuart Dickenson making the day’s highest of 153 not out. Five ways finished their first year in WCL with a win against Himley and confirmed a creditable 5th place. Claverley will be 3rd after winning at home to Martley, thanks to 101 not out by Ryan Mills and they should also be promoted with Bartestree and Himbleton.

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In the 2nd XIs, Division one champions Worcester Nomads won for the sixth successive match beating Belbroughton. Colwall clinched runners up spot beating Rushwick for whom Mike Perkins scored 112 and Redditch are one point behind them in 3rd after winning at relegated Droitwich.

Stourport finished 4th after beating Bewdley and the sides fighting out the final relegation berth, Evesham and Cookley both won and so it will be Cookley that fall.

In Division two, Enville kept lead over Netherton after they beat Oldswinford with 6-25 from Will Howells. Netherton are also promoted following a win at Feckenham and 3rd placed Pershore lost on at Coombs Wood after Jason Clifford struck 108 not out for the hosts.

Elsewhere, Harborne beat Lye, Worcester defeated Bromyard and Alvechurch won a tight finish by 7 runs at hoe to Dominies.

Division three 2nd XI Champions, Burghill, had their final match conceded to them and so they won the Division by 40 points from Bredon who beat Bartestree. Avoncroft were beaten by Claverley for whom David Aubrey scored 113. Wormelow beat Alveley, Chaddesley beat Harvington and Himley beat Malvern

Division four 2nds leaders Bromsgrove maintained their 3 point lead over Old Vigornians by beating Old Hill and the old boys efforts in defeating Martley were in vain with Rizwan Ashraf again top scoring with 71 not out.

Elsewhere, Kidderminster and Oldswinford had matches conceded to them and Halesowen’s match at home to Himbleton has not yet been reported.

2014 wasn’t a great summer but thanks for all those that try hard to get their results in on time so the league can function as well as it does.

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