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Harvington 2nd XI Withdraw

Worcestershire County League 16th May 2015

Last Updated: May 18, 2015 07:23pm
Harvington, Wychavon
By Chris Marsh
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We now have some distinct patterns of leadership and others of struggling emerging in most of the divisions as the weather abated to allow a full programme. Sadly, there seems to be an increase in the number of sides fielding less than 11 players, perhaps to avoid fines, penalties etc., however, Pedmore 3rd XI’s brave 9 men have surely set a new record low being dismissed for just 3 runs by Harborne 6ths.

In Division One 1st XIs, Droitwich continued their early season batting form scoring 257 at home to Bromyard who needed just 7 to win with two wickets left at the end of 100 overs thus giving the leaders a winning draw. Worcester Nomads, previous joint leaders were unable to take advantage as despite a hat-trick from skipper Ben Schiffmann they were held up by Hagley’s James Spavin’s patient 88 as he laid the foundations for his side’s 86 run victory to lift his side to 5th place. 

Instead it is Bewdley who are second, enjoying their return to the top flight, as they once again cruised to victory after dismissing Belbroughton for 129. They now trail Droitwich by 9 points and lead Nomads by 2.

Then Pershore are in 4th, who after early setbacks, recorded a second successive victory but only just at Colwall, winning by 2 wickets off the final delivery of the game with a boundary from Taylor Pugh. They are just 3 points adrift of Nomads and 11 in front of Hagley. The final matches resulted in first wins for Redditch, at home to Burghill with Waqas Ali taking 7-49 and Oldswinford’s demolition of new bottom side Pedmore, thanks to a quick fire 83 from Lee Nightingale.

Next week Droitwich are at home to Burghill, Bewdley entertain Redditch and Nomads host Colwall.

In Division Two 1st XIs – leaders Cookley marched on, winning by 6 wickets at Lye and Stourport overtook Bredon with a thrashing of bottom side Malvern and are now 13 points adrift of Cookley.

Bredon had to settle for a losing draw at home to Evesham and they only achieved that with one wicket remaining to stand 2 back from Stourport and 2 ahead of Dominies who have joined the party in 4th place by beating Wormelow by just 8 runs.

These four sides have a healthy lead over Lye and Wormelow in mid-table and the other two matches resulted in first wins for Coombs Wood, who came off the bottom to beat Feckenham and Harborne, first time winners over Enville.

So the stage is set as next week Bredon play host to Cookley.

In Division Three 1st XIs – despite just 11 points covering the top half of the division, we have new leaders here as Bartestree take over from Cleobury Mortimer, beating them thanks to an all-round effort of 73 runs and 5 wickets by Luke Sparrow.

Alvechurch inflicted a second defeat on Avoncroft and climbed to second place, six behind the leaders. Netherton had a winning draw against Old Vigornians and so drop just one place to third with Himbleton’s Mike Rogers enjoying the Ross on Wye bowling in making 122 not out in his team’s 318-7 as they won at a canter to leave Ross second from last in the table.

Chaddesley come next, just behind Himbleton and level with Cleobury Mortimer, beating Alveley in a hurry, with 5 wickets for Waqur Ahmed. The final match saw Rushwick settle early season nerves by recording a second successive win, this time leaving Claverley in the bottom three and next week the Shropshire side must entertain leaders Bartestree whilst Alvechurch go to bottom placed Alveley.

Division Four 1st XIs – Kempsey, continue to lead the table after Sam O‘Neill made 90 in their winning draw at home to Barnards Green. They are 10 in front of Bromsgrove who accounted for Halesowen without much drama and a further two ahead of Kidderminster, two wicket winners at Himley.

Martley won at winless Hanley Castle, Fiveways swept Oldswinford aside and Old Hill got their first win defeating Harvington.

Next week, Kempsey may face their stiffest test so far with a trip to the Theatre at Bromsgrove.

Division Five 1st XIs – again had no draws! This is getting spooky as they will soon no longer have that option until August.

So Astwood Bank stand a massive 67 points ahead of the bottom side after just three rounds after a win over the 10th placed team Hallow but by just 32 runs so there is hope for Hallow? Tenbury are also 100% and just 4 points behind Bank thanks to Andy Adams’ 99 in their big win over Old Elizabethans and then come Stourport and West Malvern who accounted for Redditch and Stourbridge respectively. The final match ended in a one wicket victory for Enville at Barnt Green.

The top four have a big lead over the rest and that looks to be extended next week although Hallow play 9th placed Barnt Green so one of these at least may ease their pain if they give a good performance.

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In the 2nd XIs, Division one, Stourport have taken over at the top following their win at Netherton and they now lead Evesham, who beat Colwall in a very high scoring match by just 5 runs after they dismissed the final Colwall batsman with the total on 305 chasing 310 with 3 balls to go. Evesham’s Nasir Mahmood was the top scorer with 146.

So Colwall are 2 points behind Evesham having relinquished the summit and they are followed by Redditch, one point behind, who had a comfortable win at Enville. Nomads were again held to a losing draw for the second week running, this time by Hagley and they are 5th, 20 points from the top.

Pedmore beat Rushwick tanks to Joe Hill’s 131 and Belbroughton had the better draw against Bewdley.

In Division two, Coombs Wood and Harborne remain joint leaders after they thrashed Feckenham and Burghill respectively. Pershore have maintained their challenge with a home win over Bredon and they are 9 points adrift of the leaders and seven in front of Bromyard for whom George Godsall made 168 to follow his century in the opening day matches. However, despite George’s innings and his opening partnership of 217 with Pete Whittenbury, Bromyard could not force a victory against Droitwich who managed to get past the 75% mark.

Alvechurch went to Avoncroft and won off the final ball thanks to 101 not out from Paul Caines which came after Jason Huxley had scored 129 for the home side. In the basement shoot out Cookley got the win over Lye to put some space between themselves and the bottom two.

In Division three 2nds Wormelow are still out in front, despite being held to a draw by Dominies, and Oldswinford have closed the gap to 12 points by inflicting a comprehensive defeat on Claverley. Now up to third, Old Vigornians beat Malvern who, like their 1st XI counterparts are now rooted to the foot of the table.

Alveley also won off the last ball, at home to Chaddesley and Bartestree beat Bromsgrove. Kidderminster made 339-7 declared thanks to centuries from Brad James and Simon Trickett but could not make the extra two overs count as they failed to get Himley all out, as Jim Lewis became the match’s third ton up boy and so they settled for a draw.

Division four 2nds saw Halesowen record yet another maximum points haul, this time at Cleobury Mortimer yet they cannot break free of Fiveways who beat Oldswinford and also have four out of four wins to trail Halesowen by 8 points.

Himbleton are third after a demolition of Ross on Wye who are bottom and averaging one point per match. Barnards Green beat Kempsey, and Hanley beat Martley.

The top two meet at Earls School this coming weekend and just one sad footnote that Harvington 2nd XI have had to withdraw from the league due to lack of players which will mean that the side without a match this week is Barnards Green who need an away match.

Division five 2nds – West Malvern have joined Tenbury at the top after a second successive hundred from Leston Blackburn who made 132 not out from the 194-4 they made to beat Stourbridge. Tenbury themselves powered on, beating OEs thanks to 92 not out by Ian Taylor. Stourport are third, just four points behind the top two after an easy win over Redditch and with Enville being conceded to by Barnt Green, the last match was a much needed win for Hallow for whom Greg Fowler made 82 not out against previous leaders Astwood Bank.

Division Six, has new leaders as Birlingham beat Romsley to drop them to 4th and go second themselves. However, it is Highley, still 100% who beat Ombersley and lead by 8 points and Birlingham are then 10 ahead of Netherton who beat an unusually slow to start Cutnall Green comfortably.

Harborne drew with Hagley, just failing to get the last 3 for victory and Nomads won their first ever match in Division Six beating Rushwick by 61 runs making almost 200 more than last week’s 26 all out.

Division Seven North has new leaders in Harborne who made 254 all out and then recorded a remarkable feat of dismissing Pedmore for just 3, yes 3. (No more can be said about the match except that Pedmore’s nine men had three batsmen making one run each and the other six all fluffed their lines and yet it took Harborne 12.1 overs to get them out, with no extras so 62 dot balls were also bowled). Coombs Wood are also locked together with Harborne having got the same identical record that includes last week’s tied match between the two and it looks very much as if these two sides will dominate this Division.

As far as the others are concerned, Bewdley beat Droitwich, Belbroughton beat Stone and Romsley beat Fiveways. 

Division Seven South – had a third win for Worcester who beat 3rd placed Kidderminster and Pershore are second after a concession from Malvern.

Evesham had full side this week and George Kirby scored 160 not out as they rattled up 284-5 to beat Droitwich with two overs to spare.

Ombersley Taverners had a draw against Bromyard for whom Pete Willis scored 128.  In the last match it was Bartestree’s turn to thrash Bredon who are second bottom with 5 points by dint of Malvern having conceded all three matches to date.

 

WCL Tables to 16/05/15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WCL Div One 1st XI  Table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P

W

D

T

A

L

BP

Pen

Pts

Droitwich Spa CC

 

4

3

1

0

0

0

7

0

79

Bewdley CC

 

4

3

1

0

0

0

4

0

70

Worcester Nomads CC

 

4

3

0

0

0

1

4

0

68

Pershore CC

 

4

2

1

0

0

1

13

0

65

Hagley CC

 

4

2

0

0

0

2

6

0

54

Colwall CC

 

4

2

0

0

0

2

10

0

50

Redditch CC

 

4

1

2

0

0

1

14

0

40

Oldswinford & Stourbridge Social CC

 

4

1

1

0

0

2

11

0

39

Belbroughton CC

 

4

1

0

0

0

3

13

0

37

Bromyard CC

 

4

0

2

0

0

2

20

0

32

Burghill & Tillington CC

 

4

1

0

0

0

3

4

0

28

Pedmore CC

 

4

0

2

0

0

2

17

0

27

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WCL Div Two 1st XI  Table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P

W

D

T

A

L

BP

Pen

Pts

Cookley CC

 

4

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

88

Stourport-On-Severn CC

 

4

3

1

0

0

0

7

0

75

Bredon CC

 

4

2

2

0

0

0

13

0

73

Worcester Dominies and Guild CC

 

4

3

0

0

0

1

7

0

71

Lye CC

 

4

2

0

0

0

2

8

0

56

Wormelow CC

 

4

1

2

0

0

1

18

0

50

Evesham CC

 

4

1

1

0

0

2

13

0

41

Harborne CC

 

4

1

0

0

1

2

8

0

37

Feckenham CC

 

4

1

0

0

0

3

13

1

36

Coombs Wood CC

 

4

1

0

0

0

3

10

0

30

Enville CC, Staffs

 

4

0

0

0

0

4

18

0

18

Malvern CC

 

4

0

2

0

1

1

7

0

12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WCL Div Three 1st XI   Table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P

W

D

T

A

L

BP

Pen

Pts

Bartestree & Lugwardine CC

 

4

3

0

0

0

1

7

0

75

Alvechurch & Hopwood CC

 

4

2

1

0

1

0

8

0

69

Netherton CC, Worcs

 

4

2

2

0

0

0

13

0

67

Himbleton CC

 

4

2

1

0

0

1

8

0

66

Chaddesley Corbett CC

 

4

3

0

0

0

1

4

0

64

Cleobury Mortimer CC

 

4

3

0

0

0

1

4

0

64

Avoncroft CC

 

4

2

0

0

0

2

6

0

54

Rushwick CC

 

4

2

1

0

0

1

7

0

47

Old Vigornians CC

 

4

0

1

0

0

3

17

0

19

Claverley CC, Shropshire

 

4

0

0

0

1

3

11

0

16

Ross on Wye CC

 

4

0

0

0

1

3

10

0

15

Alveley CC

 

4

0

0

0

1

3

8

0

13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WCL Div Four 1st XI   Table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P

W

D

T

A

L

BP

Pen

Pts

Kempsey CC

 

4

3

1

0

0

0

8

0

84

Bromsgrove CC

 

4

3

0

0

0

1

6

0

74

Kidderminster Victoria CC

 

4

3

0

0

0

1

4

0

72

Martley CC

 

4

3

0

0

0

1

3

0

67

Barnards Green CC

 

4

2

2

0

0

0

11

0

67

Five Ways Old Edwardians CC

 

4

2

1

0

0

1

11

0

59

Himley CC

 

4

2

0

0

0

2

6

0

54

Harvington CC

 

4

1

0

0

0

3

15

0

39

Old Hill CC

 

4

1

0

0

0

3

8

0

32

Halesowen CC

 

4

1

0

0

0

3

6

0

30

Oldswinford & Stourbridge Social CC

 

4

1

0

0

0

3

3

0

27

Hanley Castle & Upton CC

 

4

0

0

0

0

4

13

0

13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WCL Div Five 1st XI Table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P

W

D

T

A

L

BP

Pen

Pts

Astwood Bank CC

 

3

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

72

Tenbury Wells CC

 

3

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

68

Stourport-On-Severn CC

 

3

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

64

West Malvern CC

 

3

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

60

Redditch CC

 

3

1

0

0

0

2

6

0

30

Stourbridge CC

 

3

1

0

0

0

2

6

0

30

Enville CC, Staffs

 

3

1

0

0

0

2

2

0

22

Old Elizabethans CC, Worcs

 

3

0

0

0

0

3

9

0

9

Barnt Green CC

 

3

0

0

0

0

3

8

0

8

Hallow CC

 

3

0

0

0

0

3

5

0

5

Totals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

% ABAN

Divs 1-5 1st Xis

 

222

 

 

 

6

 

 

1

2.70

Divs 1-5 2nd Xis

 

214

 

 

 

0

 

 

0

0.00

Divs 6-10

 

84

 

 

 

0

 

 

0

0.00

TOTAL

 

520

 

 

 

6

 

 

1

1.15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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