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Worcestershire Cricket League Results

Last Updated: Aug 2, 2016 09:16pm
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Worcestershire County League

Summary of results Saturday 30th July 2016

Division one 1st XIs may well be settled by the side that overcomes adversity the best, for after Nomads had their “wobble” quite early on, the Colwall advance has stalled in recent weeks with four defeats in their last 7 win/lose matches.

Yesterday, Nomads swept on, beating Droitwich, last week’s winners over Colwall and themselves in a three game winning streak, which has surely saved them from the threat of relegation. However, Colwall’s woes intensified as they succumbed at 3rd placed Stourport and they now trail Nomads by 34 points with 7 rounds remaining.

Stourport are 13 behind Colwall and after recent successes, they visit Nomads next week holding firmly onto their own Championship dreams. They are 6 in front of Worcester, one of the few sides to beat Nomads, who yesterday ended the ambitions of Hagley who have slipped out of contention to 6th place in recent weeks.

At the opposite end of the table, Oldswinford sprang back to life with a big win at Bewdley after Tom Blunt cracked 105 and Belbroughton slipped into the bottom two, 31 points in front of Oldswinford, losing at Burghill, for whom Ben Owens made 66 not out and took 5-25.

The final match was another dogfight for survival as Pedmore’s 264 all out was too many for Cookley, who took maximum bonus points. So this means that, having been in the bottom two for most of the season, Pedmore now head the bottom half with 158 points and have jumped 4 places above Droitwich 152, Bewdley 149, Cookley 147 and Belbroughton 146 so any of these could slip yet through the trapdoor!

Next week, 3rd placed Stourport visit leaders Nomads and 2nd placed Colwall must try to get back on track at home to 4th placed Worcester whilst Cookley meet Belbroughton in another must win match-up.

In Division two 1st XIs, the leaders Redditch lost only their second match of the season, at home to 3rd placed Feckenham and Chaddesley closed the gap on them to 24 by winning at home to Coombs Wood. For Chaddesley Ibrahim Jiva scored 107, his second league century since joining from West Bromwich Dartmouth.

Feckenham are 21 points behind Chaddesley and Coombs Wood trail them by another 11 but yesterday Dominies recorded their own 9th victory and would be third, just two behind Chaddesley, were it not for two registration penalties. Their latest win was at the expense of Enville who remain 10th after Lye beat bottom side Alvechurch, now looking doomed to a return to Division three and Bredon beat Bromyard, themselves perilously close to following them with back to back relegations. For Bredon, Martin Hill scored 153 not out as the Bromyard bowlers had no reply.

August’s first round of matches see Redditch travel to in-form Chaddesley hoping to enhance their position and Feckenham receive the dangerous Dominies who are just awaiting any slip ups above them and the possibility of a third placed promotion.

In Division three 1st XIs, Harborne won at home to Ross, thanks to Jamie Hall’s 154, and have a 23 points lead over Bartestree who beat Netherton, despite Matthew Lowe’s 119.

Old Vigornians beat Malvern with Osman Fiaz making an undefeated 109 and they stay 4 behind Bartestree. Like Netherton, Kempsey slipped up for a fifth defeat, this time at Avoncroft and Himbleton thrashed Rushwick with Stuart Dickenson making 141 and Alistair Pretty 95. In the final match, Barnards Green made short work of Cleobury Mortimer and so improved their chances of survival at Malvern’s expense.

Next week Harborne are at home to Old Vigornians and another side hoping for an away win will be Bartestree who themselves travel to Cleobury. 

In Division four 1st XIs, the leaders Martley lost by a paltry two runs at home to Fiveways Old Edwardians and now trail their rivals by just one point. They remain 25 in front of Astwood Bank who beat Himley and two more in front of Bromsgrove who beat Alveley.

Stourport are 5th after they beat Halesowen and Claverley beat Oldswinford. The best result of the day was at Hanley where the home side chased down Kidderminster’s 215 thanks to Barton Mathews taking 5-34 and scoring 83 and they have given themselves a real prospect of avoiding relegation by closing up on both Halesowen and Alveley as they receive bottom side Oldswinford next time.

Also next week, Fiveways OEs receive Astwood Bank and Martley visit Claverley.

In Division five 1st XIs, the leaders Tenbury maintained their 21 points lead by beating Redditch and Hallow stayed second with a resounding ten wickets success at home to Enville thanks to Scott Hodgetts taking 6-21.

West Malvern stayed one point behind Hallow by beating Stourbridge and Old Elizabethans returned to winning ways with a victory over Droitwich. Barnt Green’s Jacob Aquilina made exactly 100 in his side’s victory at Old Hill. 

With just four rounds left, Tenbury face Stourbridge next week whilst Hallow have a tricky match at West Malvern.

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In the 2nd XIs, in Division one, the leaders, Worcester Nomads won at home to Redditch thanks to Joe Laugher’s 109 and Hravey Groves’ 91 not out.

Stourport recorded a huge win at Colwall in order to stay 41 points behind in second place, Redditch are 34 further back and now 8 in front of Bewdley who beat Coombs Wood despite Mark Bateman’s 106 not out. Bewdley have now leapfrogged both Colwall and Coombs Wood.

Elsewhere, Netherton won again, this time at Belbroughton and therefore changed places with them at the bottom, Hagley beat Worcester, and Evesham beat Pedmore. For Evesham, Aqeel Rana made 106 and Zeeshan Malik scored 107 not out.

Next we may see a title deciding match when Stourport entertain Worcester Nomads.

In Division two, Feckenham, and the other top half sides, all won again to maintain their positions with Feckenham beating Droitwich, Harborne thrashing Oldswinford, Wormelow comfortably accounting for Cookley, Enville narrowly beating Rushwick, Bromyard hammering Burghill and lastly Lye thrashing Avoncroft. The only individual performance of note was from Mike Reece of Bromyard who scored 74 not out and took 5-46.

In Division three 2nds, Chaddesley Corbett beat Kidderminster to stay top by 22 points from Bromsgrove who themselves beat Alveley. However, third placed Fiveways Old Edwardians suffered a reverse in a remarkable 15 run defeat by Worcester Dominies who, when reeling at 58-8 did not look like coming out on top. Instead, 14 year old Elliot Thomas made 101 not out with 15 year old Mustafa Raja who scored 42 in a 148 run ninth wicket partnership that helped to raise the team’s score to 210 and then they dismissed the shell shocked home side for 195.

Alvechurch closed the gap in 4th to just 2 points after Duncan Pritchard’s 104 was enough to counter Chris Jones’ 148 for Kempsey. 

Elsewhere, Bartestree’s Kieron Smith scored 109 as his side beat Bredon and Old Vigornians’ Alex Barnes made 171 not out away at Claverley to bring victory to Ovs.

Division four 2nd XI leaders Stourport beat 3rd placed Halesowen and Astwood Bank kept up their challenge in 2nd by defeating Himley who stay 4th. Martley’s Rob Ganderton made 111 not out in his side’s 8 wickets win at Himbleton and in the other games, between the bottom four sides, there were wins for Oldswinford at Malvern and Ross at Hanley.

Division five 2nd XI leaders Hallow had their match conceded by Enville and OEs won by just thre runs at Droitwich with one ball left.

Barnt Green’s Jonty Keely took 7-29 as his team thrashed Old Hill whilst Tenbury beat Redditch and West Malvern beat Stourbridge with just four rounds remaining.

 

In the One team section, Division six leaders Harvington lost at home to Cutnall Green and so have lost the lead to Pershore who had evergreen Andy Hawes’ 6-27 to thank for their 5 wickets win over Harborne.

Elsewhere, Romsley beat Ombersley, Highley beat Birlingham and Hagley recorded a winning draw (remember those?) against Worcester Nomads.

Pershore visit Cutnall Green next week and Harvington entertain Nomads.

Division seven north leaders Netherton were held to a draw by Belbroughton despite Gareth Priest taking 7-20 for the leaders.

Stone had their game conceded by Coombs Wood, so have closed the gap to 4 points behind the leaders and Cookley are a distant 36 points behind after a win at Pedmore.

In the remaining match, Harborne’s Pritpal Birdi scored 123 not out as his team beat Fiveways Old Edwardians 3rds.

Division seven south’s leaders, Worcester stay 10 ahead of Ombersley Taverners with 2 games to go as they easily beat Bredon and Ombersley Taverners beat Evesham with Matt Butler scoring 142 not out

Bartestree are 3rd, 25 behind after they beat Bewdley and Kidderminster are 4th despite losing at Bromyard.


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