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Pershore Rewarded for their Patience

Summary of results Saturday 13th June 2015

Last Updated: Jun 16, 2015 08:52pm
Pershore, Wychavon
By Chris Marsh
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After such a promising start to this year’s win/lose programme last week and after so few abandoned matches in the first 7 weeks of the season (3 out of 450+), the Gods obviously wanted to bring us back to earth with some heavy rain, which they tell me is “good for the garden”.

From a programme of 70 matches, just two were played yesterday and both were in Herefordshire not Worcestershire as the rain that had started there cleared from the South West earlier than further north to allow two games to play to a finish. 

Division One 1st XI leaders, Pershore were rewarded for their patience after travelling and watching the last of the drizzle, with a 30 overs a side match starting just before 4pm, long after most other games had been given up without starting due to the rain. It should also be recorded that Bromyard are to be congratulated for their good sportsmanship and hard work in getting this fixture played when many could have been forgiven for calling it off.

Pershore won the toss and, perhaps unsurprisingly, inserted Bromyard who were immediately in trouble against the tight bowling of Taylor Pugh who returned figures of 6-6 as Bromyard were dismissed for 58 in 22.3 overs. The visitors then took under 9 overs to pass this target with Adam Wiffen making 31 not out and returned home happy to hear that nobody else had even bowled a ball in this division.

Taylor Pugh is certainly repaying the faith that Pershore demonstrated, when they worked so hard to obtain permission for him to play for them, and he has now taken a total of 26 wickets in the six matches in has played in, all six matches resulting in victories. This has taken his new team to the top of the Division, some 27 points clear of the field after yesterday’s win.

The only other game played was at Ross on Wye where the Division three 1st XI match was against Avoncroft. This match even started on time and Ross may have initially doubted their decision to insert their visitors as David James (97) and Craig Hughes (57) put on 152 for the first wicket. However, the Ross bowlers chipped away once this partnership was broken and three wickets apiece for Harry Porter and Jack Donovan contributed to dismissing Avoncroft for 216 in 45 overs.

In reply, Ross had James Tiffen’s 84 and Harry Porter’s 50 to thank for steering them to a two wicket win with just under 10 overs left. In the process, Ross have lifted themselves up from the relegation positions.

Let’s hope for more good weather and more cricket next week!

 

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