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Worcestershire County League 2nd July 2016

Last Updated: Jul 3, 2016 08:07pm
Colwall, County of Herefordshire
By Chris Marsh
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At the turning point of the season three teams recorded their first victories of the year leaving just one of the 143 sides still looking to register a victory in 2016.

Division one 1st XIs, leaders Nomads slipped up at Colwall as the home side proved they have more consistency and so climbed above Nomads to the top of the table. Nomads, missing two key batsmen and two essential bowlers,  were well beaten by an efficient Herefordshire side that look capable of going “all the way” to the Birmingham league with a draw option available in the return last match of the season if the table is still as tight.

Colwall now lead by 12 points but behind Nomads there is still a huge gap of 27 points as Hagley and Burghill both suffered reversals, Hagley by just 14 runs at home to Bewdley and Burghill travelled to Worcester and were well beaten for a second successive week as Mo Adeel cracked 144 for the home side.

Stourport have crept above Burghill into 4th place after winning at Pedmore and Worcester, who have drawn level with Burghill, 47 points off the lead but could mount a challenge in the 2nd half to return to the Birmingham League at their first attempt.

Elsewhere, Cookley were too good for Oldswinford and Belbroughton just scraped home by 1 wicket against Droitwich who did close the gap on Pedmore by 5 points.

Next week Colwall receive Bewdley and Nomads host Burghill.

In Division two 1st XIs, the leaders Redditch stretched their lead to 50 points at the halfway mark and look destined to be crowned 2nd division champions within weeks. Their star this time, in a total of 393 all out, was Mo Choudry who made 231 off 110 balls which included 10 fours and an incredible 24 sixes against a shell shocked Bromyard attack who conceded 400+ last week and who then replied with a spirited 192-3 including an unbroken 4th wicket partnership of 188 between Ed Oliver and Rob Willis but this was not enough to save them from sinking into the relegation slots as Bredon boosted their chances with a win at bottom side Alvechurch with 139 not out scored by Martin Hill in reply to 113 by Edd Rodgers of Alvechurch.

Chaddesley are 2nd, despite losing at Lye, and Feckenham had Jamie Griffiths’ 101 in a victory at Enville that keeps them 4th behind Coombs Wood who had a narrow 8 runs win against Evesham.

In the other match, the league’s top scorer with more than 800 runs so far, Australian Lachlan Hartley’s 84 was not enough to secure the points for Wormelow at home to Dominies and they now find themselves in 10th and facing possible relegation despite his exploits.

Redditch will start the second half of the season with a short trip to Evesham and Chaddesley visit Enville.

In Division three 1st XIs, the top 4 are all within a win of the summit as Harborne lost at Kempsey, for whom Sam O’Neill  scored 107, and then Adam Hunabun took 6 wickets for just 3 runs as the leaders were bundled out for 93. Former leaders Bartestree were unable to take advantage as they were beaten by Azmat Riaz’s spell of 6-25 which included 4 wickets in consecutive balls.

So, Harborne have 165, Bartestree 155, Old Vigornians 153 and Kempsey 146.

Elsewhere, Netherton slipped up at Avoncroft, Barnards Green beat Rushwick, Cleobury thrashed Ross and Malvern had a rare win, beating Himbleton. 

Next week the top four all play sides in the bottom half so expect a calmer outcome.

In Division four 1st XIs, the leaders, Martley and Fiveways both won, Martley skittling Alveley for 53 and Fiveways Old Edwardians dismissing Claverley for 90.

Astwood Bank and Bromsgrove both kept up their own challenges with wins for the Bank at home to Stourport and for Bromsgrove at Kidderminster thanks to Paul Hutchins’ 137. In the other games, Halesowen had their first win as they beat Oldswinford 3rds to climb off the foot of the table and Himley saw off Hanley Castle despite 125 scored by Rory Mathews.

Next up for Martley is a trip to Halesowen and Fiveways entertain Hanley.

In Division five 1st XIs, the second half started with the top four sides, Tenbury, Hallow, Old Elizabethans and West Malvern all winning quite comfortably against Enville (now the only side in 13 divisions without a win), Stourbridge, Redditch and Old Hill respectively.

The final match, in more ways than one, saw Droitwich beat Barnt Green.

Next week, Tenbury entertain Hallow and Old Elizabethans visit Stourbridge and West Malvern receive Droitwich.

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In the 2nd XIs, in Division one, the leaders, Worcester Nomads lost for the second week running and saw their lead cut to 28 points. This week, unlike the narrow reverse a week earlier, they were comprehensively thrashed by Colwall for whom Ben Cooke, usually a 1st XI opening bat, made 128 to hoist his side to 3rd place, four points behind Stourport, who kept up their own quest to retain the title with a comprehensive victory over Pedmore.

Redditch are fourth as they beat Belbroughton and Bewdley’s win over Hagley sees them climb to 5th equal with their opponents. Meanwhile, Coombs Wood beat Evesham and Netherton recorded their first win of the year, against Worcester.

Next week, Nomads are at Netherton, Stourport host Belbroughton and Colwall travel to Bewdley.

In Division two, Feckenham remain a single point ahead of Harborne following victory over Enville and Harborne’s win at home to Lye.

Bromyard are 3rd, 36 points behind Harborne as they beat Droitwich by 1 wicket and Wormelow are up in 4th after their skipper David Bannerman inspired victory at Rushwick with an innings of 91.

In other games, Cookley beat Oldswinford and Burghill’s Sam Johnston made 123 as his side swept past bottom side Avoncroft. Next week, Feckenham are at Burghill whilst Harborne host Enville.

In Division three 2nds, Chaddesley Corbett beat Kempsey to stay 4 points in front of Bromsgrove, who themselves overcame Kidderminster. Fiveways are still just one point adrift of Bromsgrove and they beat Claverley to consolidate that position and stand 34 points in front of Alvechurch who beat Bredon.

In the other matches, Dominies beat Alveley and Bartestree enjoyed their first trip to Peopleton, making 152 and then skittling the ten Old Vigornians for just 24.

Next week, the leaders, Chaddesley host 3rd place Fiveways OEs and Bromsgrove will be hoping for an away win as long as they can prevail at New Road against OVs.

Division four 2nds again have new leaders as Astwood Bank lost to Stourport and Halesowen beat Oldswinford. For Stourport, Alex Cook made 93 and for Astwood Bank, Brian Melliard scored 117 in vain on his return.

Elsewhere, Himley defeated Hanley Castle, Barnards Green beat Martley and Malvern beat Himbleton.

Division five 2nd XIs leaders Hallow beat 3rd placed Stourbridge and stay 15 ahead of OEs whose match at Redditch was conceded. Tenbury are fourth after winning at Enville and Barnt Green climbed to 5th, despite two earlier concessions, after they beat Droitwich. 

The final match saw West Malvern beat Old Hill by one wicket in a low scoring affair.

 

In the One team section, Division six leaders Pershore lost at Harvington and Harborne, who beat Nomads, have taken over in second behind Harvington. Romsley are 4th after they beat Hagley, Birlingham beat Ombersley and Cutnall Green continued to climb with a win at home to Highley.

Division seven north leaders Stone beat Fiveways thanks to 115 scored by James Batsford and they now lead Netherton, who beat Coombs Wood to leapfrog Belbroughton, who had a week off, by 7 points.

Pedmore, bottom to date, mustered just 30 at Romsley and duly lost by nine wickets and finally, Harborne beat Cookley.

Division seven south’s Ombersley Taverners leadership was short-lived as they lost to new leaders Worcester and Kidderminster are 3rd, 4 behind the Taverners after they beat Bartestree to leapfrog their opponents.

The final side to record a season’s first taste of success was Bromyard who beat Bewdley by 10 wickets thanks to George Leighton’s magnificent effort of 125 not out in 27 overs.

Last week the 2nd XI knock out cup was won by Bewdley who beat Worcester Nomads and in the Carter Cup final this week, Claverley take on the Old Vigornians.

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