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Worcestershire Sunday Cricket League results

Last Updated: Aug 31, 2016 08:56am
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Worcestershire County League

Summary of results Saturday 27th August 2016

More rain and perhaps some spare time to reflect on the items raised by the article posted on the Website yesterday, regarding on-field abuse etc., ahead of a round of road-show style meetings in October, for Captains to air their own views on the issue.

Our congratulations are due to Tenbury for winning Division five and to Hallow for claiming the Division five 2nd XI title and to Bartestree 3rds who defeated Worcester in the Saturday Cup final at Himbleton, plus to Ombersley Taverners in the Plate!

Division one 1st XI leaders Worcester Nomads were as frustrated as most sides after just over half the first innings’ got completed before rain ruined proceedings. Ben Schiffmann took 6-42 as Belbroughton were dismissed for 96 but no more play was possible. It was a similar tale in most of the other matches, except at Burghill where Hagley bowled the home side out for 113 and then hung on for a 2 wickets win to take them to third place behind Colwall, overtaking both Stourport and Worcester.

Three rounds to go and Nomads need just eight more points to capture the title and hope to do so at home to Cookley next week, who still need points to assure their own survival in Division One. Also next week, Colwall play Hagley in a game which may decide second place and in the relegation tussles, Bewdley host Belbroughton whilst Pedmore visit Oldswinford.

In Division two 1st XIs, a lot of cricket, almost the most anywhere, was played at Worcester Dominies as the leaders Redditch piled up 320 for 9 declared in 48 overs with Russell Southwick scoring 121 and Rizwan Chaoudry 117 before bowling out Dominies for 243 in 47 overs despite knocks of 88 from Steve Miles and 60 not out from Jon Hancock.

That result leaves Redditch 47 points clear of Chaddesley and Feckenham who are now tied neck and neck for the second promotion place. Chaddesley were shot out for 102 at Wormelow who then achieved a winning draw which helped to ease their position in 9th place somewhat and Feckenham were subjected to an abandonment at Bromyard but not before Bromyard’s South African Josh van Rensberg had made 71 not out in their 182-6 offering stout resistance to Tom Coulson who took 5-53 for the visitors.

Evesham was the only other place to record a victory as the home side beat Enville thanks to 6-47 from Fahim Maan as the other two matches were abandoned.

Redditch could seal their Championship, and an instant return to Division One, next week at home to Alvechurch. Chaddesley must face an improving Bromyard at home and Feckenham have a tricky task as they entertain Evesham who’s win has lifted them to 4th place but perhaps the most intriguing tie is at Enville where the 11th placed home side face 10th placed Bredon in a game neither can afford to lose.

In Division three 1st XIs, Harborne’s lead is still 31 points after their match at Barnards Green was abandoned after 33 overs with Barnards Green’s Jez Clarke marooned on 97 not out. Ross had enough decent weather to beat Avoncroft and Rushwick had just enough resolve to carve out a one wicket victory at home to Old Vigornians despite Alex Parker claiming 7-58 for the visitors.

These wins have improved the plight of both Ross and Rushwick and have allowed Kempsey to overtake the old boys into 2nd place as they recorded three batting bonus points at Netherton. So, next week Harborne host Bartestree and Kempsey visit Himbleton but Ross must record another victory to defeat Barnards Green and stay out of the relegation battle.

In Division four 1st XIs, Fiveways Old Edwardians escaped most of the rain and gained a 24 points victory over Bromsgrove. Theirs was the only match completed and so they have increased their lead over Martley to 21 points with 3 rounds to go.

Next week Fiveways face Himley and Martley play Stourport.

In Division five 1st XIs, both the leaders Tenbury, and second placed West Malvern drew, so Tenbury were crowned Champions and both will play in Division four next season having finished 3rd and 4th respectively in 2015. Hallow are confirmed in 3rd place  as they recorded their 10th win by thrashing Redditch by 160 runs and Old Elizabethans also ended a successful campaign in 4th with a winning draw at Old Hill thanks to an innings of 141 not out scored by Paul Shearman.

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In the 2nd XIs, in Division one, Worcester Nomads beat Belbroughton and the rain, to edge a further 6 points in front of high scoring Stourport who racked up 309-2 with scores of 99 from Simon Foley, 97 from Spencer Colley and 70 not out from Cristian Parry. Redditch however gave stern resistance and held out at 216-9 after 9 overs were lost to the rain and despite Gavin Bryan’s heroic 5-29.

So Nomads are 32 ahead of last season’s Champions with three rounds left and Stourport are themselves 52 in front of Redditch in the two horse run to the line. Evesham are 4th following a 7 wickets victory at Colwall, who they overtook, and Worcester beat Coombs Wood by 1 wicket in a thrilling finish.

Next week, Nomads go to Evesham and Stourport hope to close the gap with their trip to 10th placed Netherton, rained off at Hagley in the last match this week.

In Division two, Feckenham beat Bromyard and now have a 46 points advantage above the rest with second placed Harborne losing at home to Wormelow who jumped ahead of neighbours Bromyard.

There were winning draws for Droitwich at home to Rushwick and bottom side Avoncroft against Oldswinford with the other matches abandoned.

Next week, Feckenham visit Cookley and Harborne are at Bromyard in their 20th round of matches.

In Division three 2nds, Chaddesley beat Alveley and maintained their 10 points lead over Bromsgrove, who beat Fiveways OEs at the top. Alvechurch had a winning draw with Kidderminster and stay third, Dominies beat Ovs and Kempsey beat Bredon to move clearer of trouble.

Claverley and Bartestree were rained off after 40 overs. Next week, Chaddesley, hoping for a dual promotion, are at Bartestree and Bromsgrove will host Claverley.

Division four 2nd XI leaders Stourport could only watch as their match at Himley was abandoned for Astwood Bank’s match was conceded to them and so it is they who take a 10 point lead into the final three weeks of the season leading up to the showdown with these two rivals on the final weekend.

Elsewhere, Hanley Castle drew with Barnards Green and Oldswinford Dave Baker took 6-4 in Martley’s total of 90 all out before the rain closed in. Next week Astwood Bank entertain Oldswinford whilst Stourport host Martley.

Division five 2nd XI Hallow tied up the title in style taking less than 17 overs to skittle Redditch for just 30 with Chris Whittenbury taking 5-4 from 8.4 overs with 5 maidens. They then knocked off the runs before any threat of rain arrived.

Hallow won the division by 25 points from Old Elizabethans who pushed hard all the way and OEs won the final match against Old Hill.

Elsewhere, West Malvern beat Barnt Green, Tenbury thrashed Droitwich and Stourbridge’s match was conceded.

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In the One team section, Division six after both their matches were abandoned, Harvington are Champions of this division in their first season and Pershore are runners up after they were promoted from Division seven last time.

In a rare fully completed match Ombersley’s Jack Park scored 202 undefeated to help his side to a winning draw at Peopleton and Birlingham’s Alan Keylock signed off in style with 100 in their winning draw with Harborne, as his side claimed third place just ahead of Cutnall Green, last season’s Champions.

Division seven north saw a thrilling end of season finale as Netherton, who trailed by 17 at the start of the day won a comprehensive victory at Fiveways OEs having been put in and so secured a full 24 points. However, Stone who were at home to Romsley elected to bat when they might have easily opted to field first and secured the three batting bonus points along with the eventual five for an abandonment to total one more point than Netherton in the ned and become Champions!

Elsewhere, Harborne beat Belbroughton despite a century from Belbroughton’s new player John Green.

The Saturday Cup final was won by Bartestree who skittled Worcester for 86 to win by 9 wickets and negate the need for bowl offs! and sadly, the Plate was conceded by Bromyard to Ombersley Taverners, who will get the trophy without having won a match!

 

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