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Twelve Teams Score in Excess of 300

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Last Updated: Jun 1, 2015 09:41pm
Claines, Worcester
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Worcestershire County League

Summary of results Saturday 30th May 2015

On a blustery day, the league had no less than 12 team scores in excess of 300, including one over 400, and one side lost after piling up 366. At the other end of the scale there was one match which lasted less than 30 overs as the first innings totalled just 24.

In Division One 1st XIs, Droitwich’s sensational start was brought to an abrupt halt as they were bundled out for 113 but even then Bewdley lost 8 wickets in achieving victory. A very young Nomads side lost for a second time away from home, this time at Belbroughton where Tons skipper Will Pardoe scored 111 in his side’s 271 and then watched incredulous as Nomads, appearing to settle for a losing draw, lost four wickets for one run in the last couple of overs.

So we have new Championship leaders in Pershore, who rattled up a fourth successive victory, this time at Redditch and they now lead Droitwich by 3 points. Hagley are 8 further back after a comfortable win over Oldswinford and they are one point in front of Nomads who themselves stand 3 in front of Bewdley.

Colwall beat Pedmore, now 7 points adrift at the bottom after Bromyard registered their first win by beating Burghill and thus climbing above their Herefordshire cousins.

Next week, the win/lose programme starts in all divisions and perhaps appropriately, Pershore face Droitwich in the very first of 11 win/lose matches whilst Hagley visit neighbours Belbroughton and Nomads host Redditch.

In Division Two 1st XIs, we have new leaders after Bredon beat Coombs Wood to take over from Stourport who have dropped to third as they lost at home to Dominies who now stand 4 behind Bredon and 8 ahead of Stourport. 

For Dominies, Chris Miles scored an unbeaten 111 to guide his side home with one ball remaining. Cookley were held to a losing draw by Wormelow for whom Lee Watkins made 129 not out and these two sides are 4th and 5th. After these teams come Lye and Feckenham locked in mid table after Lye got the best end of their draw.

In the games involving sides threatened with relegation, Enville’s Rob Miller made 108 as his team beat Malvern and Katie Parfitt weighed in with 6-37 in the visitors’ misery and Malvern now trail the rest by 25 points after just 6 matches. Lastly, Evesham beat Harborne. Bredon’s visit to Lye looks to be the plum game for next week.

In Division Three 1st XIs, Bartestree stayed top by beating Rushwick and Alvechurch stay 2 points back in second after they beat Cleobury thanks to 140 from Ed Rogers. Himbleton, remain 3rd after they racked up the day’s highest of 403-7 against Alveley and that included the day’s highest individual score of 187 made by Jon Critchlow.

Chaddesley climbed above Netherton thanks to 120 from Mo Saddiq in their winning draw against joint bottom Claverley. Ross recorded their first win of the campaign to defeat Netherton and Old Vigornians became the latest to inflict defeat on early leaders Avoncroft, who have now lost 4 straight matches and gathered just 13 points in that time. Next week Bartestree entertain Chaddesley in the first win/lose contest.

Division Four 1st XIs – Kempsey, continue to lead the table thanks to a winning draw with Fiveways thanks again to a hundred from the bat of Captain Zac O’Neill.

Barnards Green, who beat Himley, have now closed the gap to just 4 points and they are 14 ahead of Bromsgrove who beat Harvington and thus overtook Kidderminster victors against Martley by virtue of a maximum points haul.

Halesowen beat Oldswinford and Stourbridge Social, and Hanley Castle & Upton won their first match of the season beating Old Hill. However, their joy may be short lived as next week they make the short trip to Newland to play Barnards Green whilst Kempsey go to Earls High to play Halesowen.

Division Five 1st XIs – leaders Astwood Bank made short work of Redditch as they proved far too strong and dismissed their visitors for just 24. In second place, Tenbury won again, making five wins out of five games, and are just two points behind after a comfortable win at home to Stourbridge.

Stourport are 8 points behind after they drew at West Malvern and Barnt Green won for the first time beating bottom side, Old Elizabethans. Finally Hallow thrashed Enville by 10 wickets for their first win which has lifted them to 5th place.

Next week, Astwood Bank go to Stourbridge and Tenbury travel to Stourport.

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In the 2nd XIs, Division one leaders Stourport have pulled well clear of the pack by defeating Bewdley thanks to 132 scored by Spencer Colley. In contrast, Redditch had a last ball heartache at Evesham and Colwall were well beaten at Pedmore, so they remain 2nd and 3rd respectively. Evesham have now moved to joint third with Colwall and Nomads are still back in 5th after failing to finish off Belbroughton after Derek Austin had posted 91 for last year’s Champions.

In the match at Evesham, which lasted the entire 100 overs, the home side won by 1 run as Rizwan Choudry’s 143 for Redditch was not quite enough to cancel out Evesham’s Nasir Mehmood’s 115 not out, his second successive hundred.

Hagley beat Rushwick, despite 99 from Graham Davies and have closed to one point behind Nomads but 43 from the top spot occupied by Stourport and in the final match, Netherton are just 6 points ahead of the bottom two after a big defeat inflicted by Enville.

In Division two, Harborne lost at Pershore with 18 year old George Bunn taking 4-46 for the home side and their 3 wicket win was enough to take the Plums, like their 1st XI counterparts, to the top of the table by 8 points from Harborne. Like Harborne, Coombs Wood were losing for the first time which has also aided Pershore’s ascent and Coombs are 3rd after losing to Bredon who lifted themselves from the foot of the table in the process.

Perhaps this week’s most remarkable game was at Bromyard where visitors Burghill posted a formidable 366-1 in their overs, Tyler Garrard 129* and Ollie Perry 128* being the main contributors but even they then had to watch as Bromyard passed the winning target with almost 5 overs in hand as George Godsall scored 173 not out, of which 126 was in boundaries from 123 balls received to notch his 3rd century of the season, and it’s still May!

Finally, Lye are now the last in the list as they lost at Feckenham thanks to Nick Reddish’s 111 not out, the third batsman to record a “Nelson” on the same day.

In Division three 2nds Oldswinford stayed top, beating Bartestree and Wormelow are just 5 behind after winning at Bromsgrove.

Alveley are 3rd just 3 behind Wormelow after they crushed Himley and Dominies are in 4th following a speedy nine wickets win at home to Ovs which included Jack Ridley’s 103 not out.

Elsewhere, Chaddesley had the better of a draw at Claverley and Kidderminster beat Malvern to inflict further pain on the Regency Road outfit.

Division four 2nds saw Halesowen held to a winning draw for the first time this year and Fiveways have closed to 9 points behind after a similar result with Kempsey who are 3rd.

Himbleton have slipped to 4th by virtue of defeat at Barnards Green, Hanley Castle won for the 3rd time and are 5th, beating bottom side Old Hill and Martley won at home to Ross on Wye.

Division five 2nds –Tenbury are still clear at the top despite being held to a winning draw to end theirs and the clubs’ perfect start to 2015 and if they could have prised the final Stourbridge wicket out, they would still be 100%.

Stourport stand 2nd, 9 points behind following a 10 wicket win over West Malvern who are 3rd, 11 points back.

Redditch beat Astwood Bank and Barnt Green beat Old Elizabethans who are languishing in 10th and final place.

 

Division Six, leaders Birlingham had a “rest-day” after basement side Rushwick again failed to raise a team and in second spot now, some 25 points behind Birlingham, come Nomads who beat Ombersley.

Romsley won at Hagley, Cutnall Green beat Highley with Matt Harris taking four wickets in four balls and Harborne beat Netherton. However, 17 points cover 2nd – 8th.

Division Seven North leaders Coombs Wood consolidated their position by thrashing Bewdley, Harborne are their nearest chasers following a win over Cookley and Stone have climbed to 3rd with a high scoring win at home to Droitwich with an over to spare.

The ball was certainly up against it at Stone as Droitwich’s John King made 149 not out from his team’s total of 290-3 and things looked rosy until James Batsford set about the visitors’ bowling with 104 of his own out of Stone’s 291-2. So, almost 600 runs scored for just 5 wickets lost.

Elsewhere, Fiveways beat Belbroughton in extra time and Pedmore’s match was conceded by Romsley.

Division Seven South – Worcester were beaten at Bredon, who remain bottom and have slipped to 3rd as both Ombersley Taverners and Pershore have leapt above them by recording 24 points wins at Kidderminster and Bromyard respectively.

So it is the Taverners by one point who are preventing proud Pershore from preening at the summit of all three divisions they are in at this stage of the season. Yesterday, they racked up 303-1 with centuries from Dominic Capaldi, 137 not out, and Chris Holtom, who made 119 not out. When they bowled it was Mike Bunn, father of George, who took four wickets for Pershore’s seconds who shone, himself taking four wickets to speed Bromyard to defeat.

With Malvern 3rds now having withdrawn from the division, the final match was at Bartestree where Evesham’s long journey was to no avail as they came up against an in form Alex Kalwaites who cracked 144 for the hosts.


 

WCL Tables to 30/05/15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WCL Div One 1st XI  Table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P

W

D

T

A

L

BP

Pen

Pts

Pershore CC

 

6

4

1

0

0

1

13

0

109

Droitwich Spa CC

 

6

4

1

0

0

1

10

0

106

Hagley CC

 

6

4

0

0

0

2

6

0

98

Worcester Nomads CC

 

6

4

0

0

0

2

9

0

97

Bewdley CC

 

6

4

1

0

0

1

8

0

94

Colwall CC

 

6

3

0

0

0

3

14

0

78

Redditch CC

 

6

2

2

0

0

2

18

0

68

Belbroughton CC

 

6

2

0

0

0

4

16

0

64

Oldswinford & Stourbridge Social CC

 

6

2

1

0

0

3

14

0

62

Bromyard CC

 

6

1

2

0

0

3

20

0

52

Burghill & Tillington CC

 

6

1

0

0

0

5

18

0

42

Pedmore CC

 

6

0

2

0

0

4

25

0

35

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WCL Div Two 1st XI  Table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P

W

D

T

A

L

BP

Pen

Pts

Bredon CC

 

6

3

3

0

0

0

20

0

114

Worcester Dominies and Guild CC

 

6

5

0

0

0

1

7

1

110

Stourport-On-Severn CC

 

6

4

1

0

0

1

14

0

102

Cookley CC

 

6

4

2

0

0

0

11

0

99

Wormelow CC

 

6

2

3

0

0

1

25

0

87

Lye CC

 

6

2

1

0

0

3

23

0

81

Feckenham CC

 

6

2

1

0

0

3

19

1

66

Evesham CC

 

6

2

1

0

0

3

14

0

62

Coombs Wood CC

 

6

2

0

0

0

4

14

0

58

Enville CC, Staffs

 

6

1

0

0

0

5

23

0

47

Harborne CC

 

6

1

0

0

1

4

11

0

40

Malvern CC

 

6

0

2

0

1

3

10

0

15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WCL Div Three 1st XI   Table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P

W

D

T

A

L

BP

Pen

Pts

Bartestree & Lugwardine CC

 

6

5

0

0

0

1

7

0

119

Alvechurch & Hopwood CC

 

6

4

1

0

1

0

8

0

117

Himbleton CC

 

6

4

1

0

0

1

8

0

114

Chaddesley Corbett CC

 

6

4

1

0

0

1

11

0

101

Netherton CC, Worcs

 

6

3

2

0

0

1

14

0

88

Cleobury Mortimer CC

 

6

3

0

0

0

3

11

0

71

Old Vigornians CC

 

6

2

1

0

0

3

17

1

62

Avoncroft CC

 

6

2

0

0

0

4

13

0

61

Rushwick CC

 

6

2

1

0

0

3

17

0

57

Ross on Wye CC

 

6

1

0

0

1

4

14

0

39

Alveley CC

 

6

0

0

0

1

5

15

0

20

Claverley CC, Shropshire

 

6

0

1

0

1

4

15

0

20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WCL Div Four 1st XI   Table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P

W

D

T

A

L

BP

Pen

Pts

Kempsey CC

 

6

4

2

0

0

0

13

0

119

Barnards Green CC

 

6

4

2

0

0

0

11

0

115

Bromsgrove CC

 

6

4

0

0

0

2

9

0

101

Kidderminster Victoria CC

 

6

4

1

0

0

1

10

0

100

Five Ways Old Edwardians CC

 

6

3

2

0

0

1

17

0

85

Martley CC

 

6

3

0

0

0

3

11

0

75

Himley CC

 

6

2

1

0

0

3

17

0

73

Halesowen CC

 

6

2

0

0

0

4

8

0

56

Oldswinford & Stourbridge Social CC

 

6

2

0

0

0

4

6

0

54

Hanley Castle & Upton CC

 

6

1

1

0

0

4

19

0

47

Harvington CC

 

6

1

0

0

0

5

21

0

45

Old Hill CC

 

6

1

1

0

0

4

13

24

15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WCL Div Five 1st XI Table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P

W

D

T

A

L

BP

Pen

Pts

Astwood Bank CC

 

5

4

1

0

0

0

8

0

110

Tenbury Wells CC

 

5

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

108

Stourport-On-Severn CC

 

5

4

1

0

0

0

6

0

100

West Malvern CC

 

5

4

1

0

0

0

7

0

87

Hallow CC

 

5

1

1

0

0

3

12

0

42

Stourbridge CC

 

5

1

0

0

0

4

13

0

37

Barnt Green CC

 

5

1

1

0

0

3

14

0

34

Redditch CC

 

5

1

0

0

0

4

9

0

33

Enville CC, Staffs

 

5

1

0

0

0

4

2

0

22

Old Elizabethans CC, Worcs

 

5

0

1

0

0

4

15

0

15

Totals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

% ABAN

Divs 1-5 1st Xis

 

338

 

 

 

6

 

 

27

1.78

Divs 1-5 2nd Xis

 

326

 

 

 

0

 

 

15

0.00

Divs 6-10

 

132

 

 

 

0

 

 

0

0.00

TOTAL

 

796

 

 

 

6

 

 

42

0.75

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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