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Summary of results 27th June 2015

Worcestershire County League

Last Updated: Jul 1, 2015 10:06pm
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By Chris Marsh
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Almost halfway through the season now, some clubs are looking upward whilst relegation looms for others!

In Division One 1st XIs, leaders Pershore visited Bewdley looking for an eighth straight win, against a team that had only been beaten twice this season, and once again were an unstoppable force, winning by 101 runs in an all-round performance.

The rest were therefore unable to make any headway as Nomads beat bottom side Burghill and Droitwich won a thriller at home to Hagley to leapfrog them back to 3rd.

Colwall are 6th following a win at Redditch which drops the home side to 9th and Bromyard made it four wins out of five with Dinush Fernando scoring 112 and jumping to the head of the Division One 1sts leading run scorers at this stage. Fernando was again well supported by Ashley Bullock in a massive opening partnership, so the Herefordshire side continue to look upwardly mobile in 7th spot and may yet be able to make further progress in this year’s title race. This time around they chased 327 from Pedmore which included 126 scored by Dan Jones to win with an over and a half to spare.

The final match saw hosts Oldswinford beat Belbroughton by 17 runs in a high scoring affair that included 104 by Owen Williams and 95 from Tom Blunt before Tom Oliver replied with 96 for the visitors in their vain chase.

So Burghill are last at present, some 12 points behind Pedmore who they play next week and Redditch are only three points better off so will need a win at Belbroughton in 8th to avoid being in the bottom two at the season’s turn around after next week.

In Division Two 1st XIs, leaders Bredon stay 15 points ahead of Cookley after they won at Harborne thanks to the 116 scored by Martin Hill. Cookley themselves won a high scoring encounter with Enville thanks to 98 from Paul Thomas despite 92 scored by Greg Tomkins as Iain Roberts took 5-37 to aid the home side’s cause.

Stourport return to 3rd after Mike Pratt’s 108 enabled them to force a huge win at home to Lye and Worcester Dominies lost at home to Evesham despite Steve Miles making 104, 60% of their total of 173.

Feckenham are fifth following a big win at home to Wormelow and they now stand 48 points behind Bredon as we near the halfway stage. The final match at Malvern against Coombs Wood saw a convincing win for the visitors as Jared Daniels made 104 in a total of 391-7 before Malvern replied pluckily with 264-8.

Next week, the top four meet up as Bredon host Stourport and Dominies must go to Cookley hoping to get their promotion push back on track after successive defeats.

In Division Three 1st XIs, has new leaders again after Alvechurch returned to form beating Rushwick to go three points clear, whilst Himbleton were losing at home to Chaddesley, who themselves now stand 4th, one point behind Bartestree who won at Old Vigornians.

In the other matches, bottom two sides, Claverley and Alveley both won to compress the bottom half of the table and Ross on Wye won comfortable at Cleobury.

For Alveley, Will Rodenhurst scored 108 and for Claverley, Aroon Iqbal contributed 115.

The top two meet next week as Alvechurch entertain Himbleton and Bartestree will go second if they beat Netherton at home, alternatively it could be Chaddesley who play Ovs to take over 2nd spot, if successful.

Division Four 1st XIs – Kempsey maintained their 16 points margin after a straightforward win over Himley and Barnards Green won at bottom side Old Hill to stay 2 ahead of Bromsgrove, who won by just 2 runs in the last over at home to Kidderminster who are still fourth.

Fiveways have opened up a 40 points lead for the top five sides after they won at Martley. In other games, Pete Smith’s 106 steered Harvington to victory for only the second time this season, beating Oldswinford, and Hanley Castle had Rory Mathews’ 113 to thank for victory at home to Halesowen after his brother Todd had taken 6-21 to restrict the visitors.

Hanley’s reward is a trip to leaders Kempsey and Barnards Green will be at home to Oldswinford whilst Bromsgrove host Old Hill.

Division Five 1st XIs –leaders Astwood Bank won comfortably at home to West Malvern while second placed Stourport recorded a similarly clinical win at Enville.

These two are now 21 points ahead of Tenbury who beat Barnt Green and in the other matches, Stourbridge beat Hallow and Old Elizabethans won their second match of the year, beating Redditch.

This division is thus halfway done for the season and next week the second half starts with seemingly straightforward visits for Astwood Bank to Barnt Green and for Stourport at Hallow.

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In the 2nd XIs, Division one leaders Stourport won a high scoring match at Hagley with almost 700 runs scored. For Hagley, James Trinham and Steve Plant perished in the nervous nineties as they racked up 344-6 in 50 before Mark Moss’ 88 helped the leaders to cross the line with 3 overs to spare.

Colwall leapt back to 2nd once again by beating Redditch and Evesham are also up to 3rd following a win over Bewdley.

Nomads have lost ground on the top three after a poor performance at Enville who are closing in on them in 5th, Belbroghton beat winless Rushwick and in the final match, second bottom Netherton beat Pedmore thanks to 107 from Wasim Nawaz.

In Division two, Pershore maintained their lead with a big win over Avoncroft with 104 scored by Chris Holtom. Bromyard stay 2nd after beating Coombs Wood thanks in part to 122 scored by George Godsall and Harborne overtake Coombs Wood into 3rd place after winning at Bredon who are last.

In other matches, Burghill beat Cookley with 89 scored by Jack Stockdale, Feckenham beat Alvechurch and Droitwich had James Hancher’s 128 to thank for a win at Lye.

In Division three 2nds Wormelow slipped off the top as they lost at home to Oldswinford, who replace them and now lead by 6 points. Bromsgrove’s win at Kidderminster sees them leapfrog their victims into 3rd spot.

Elsewhere, Alveley beat Dominies, Bartestree beat Old Vigornians, Chaddesley got the better of Himley and Claverley have overtaken Malvern at the foot of the table by dint of having their match conceded.

Division four 2nds Himbleton lost to Kempsey and so are replaced at the summit by just one point by Fiveways for whom Alan Dabbs took 6-36 in their win at home to Martley. Kempsey are 4 points behind Himbleton and then come Halesowen who were thrashed at home by Hanley Castle.

Barnards Green beat Old Hill thanks to 5-28 from skipper Steve Alamatu and lastly the improving Ross on Wye thrashed a below par Cleobury, dismissing them for 46.

Division five 2nds Stourport powered on by beating Enville and West Malvern go second after they won at home to Astwood Bank, thanks to 117 from Leston Blackburn, whilst Tenbury lost to Barnt Green.

Old E’s climbed above Redditch, winning a tense match by 3 wickets and in the final match Stourbridge beat bottom side Hallow.

 

Division Six, leaders Birlingham beat second placed Hagley with Mike Sloan making 124 and Cutnall Green punished a lacklustre Worcester Nomads so are 2nd, 13 points adrift of Birlingham.

Ombersley won for the first time thanks to Liam Williams’ 130 and Romsley beat Highley to confirm 4th spot, 27 points behind the leaders

Division Seven North leaders Droitwich beat second placed Harborne and this enabled Coombs Wood to climb to 2nd after they accounted for Stone, so it is CW that trail by 8 points and who are just 8 in front of Harborne. Belbroughton beat Cookley, Fiveways beat Pedmore and Bewdley’s match was conceded. 

Division Seven South –Ombersley Taverners had no match and so could only sit and watch as Pershore took over at the top for a fantastic 1,2,3 for the club at this stage of the season after they beat Worcester who are 3rd.

Bartestree are 4th after a win at Bromyard, Evesham beat Bredon and Droitwich beat Kidderminster thanks to 140 not out from Jez Hanson.

In other matches, Pedmore clinched the first eleven knock out cup by defeating Hagley by nine wickets on Monday and the League side beat Cotswold Hills League at Norton Lindsey by 43 runs on Wednesday after Jack Roberson of Redditch (86) and Lee Nightingale from Oldswinford (57) put together a second wicket stand of 124.

 

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