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Worcester Confirm Championship

Worcestershire County Cricket League

Last Updated: Sep 2, 2014 06:10pm
Bedwardine, Worcester
By Chris Marsh
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Worcestershire County League

Summary of results Saturday 30th August 2014

Almost at the end for several clubs and no concessions! Trophies were presented to the Division One 1st XI Champions Worcester plus Division two Champions, Burghill and Tillington and Kempsey from Division Five.

In addition, Burghill & Tillington’s 2nd XI have won the 3rd Division second eleven title, Barnards Green 4ths have sewn up Division five 2nd XI, as have Canon Frome in Division Six and Worcester Nomads in Division Seven. CONGRATULATIONS to all, more next week?

In Division One 1st XIs, Worcester confirmed their Championship at home to Worcester Nomads by gaining the 4 points they needed to be certain winners with two rounds of matches remaining. Nomads’ Sam Roberts spoilt the party a little as he carried his bat for 101 in Nomads innings which proved too many as Worcester lost for the first time since April, over four months!

For the home side, Russell Pitchers and Mo Adeel again proved to be very sound signings as they move on to join Astwood Bank who confirmed their own participation in the Birmingham League Division three next season with a win in Shropshire.

Second paced Pershore also suffered a rare defeat but only after a fantastic match at home to mid-table Belbroughton. The visitors made 280-7 in their overs and Pershore ended up losing their 10th wicket at 255 with just under 3 overs left. For Pershore, Ullrich Boshoff scored 90. So Worcester are 54 points ahead of Pershore with two matches left and Worcester Nomads are 19 points behind Pershore in 3rd place.

Elsewhere, Hagley climbed to 4th with a comfortable win over bottom placed Evesham and have overtaken Colwall who lost at Pedmore who are 6th.

However, as expected, the bottom places are still proving difficult to decide with Redditch looking safer on 154 points, joint 8th with Droitwich, after they beat Bromyard and Harvington jumping a place by thrashing Droitwich.

So from the bottom up come Evesham on 118 with Harvington and Pedmore to play, Bromyard have 132 points but have to play the top two, Pershore and Worcester and Harvington on 138 who will play Hagley after Evesham. If results go against Redditch and Droitwich next week and they themselves both lose, one of them will be saved as they play on the last day of the season the week after.

Division Two 1st XIs – with Burghill crowned Champions with no Cricket last Monday, they romped home against relegated Rushwick by 242 runs yesterday.

However, behind them a three way fight is on for the expected other two places after Oldswinford beat Bewdley and Dominies won a very high scoring affair at mid-table Wormelow. For Wormelow, Jamie Banfield made 131 not out and Steve Mikes replied with 87 for Dominies who got home with three balls remaining.

The table now read Burghill 345, Bewdley 269, Dominies 261 and Oldswinford 253 and the promotion places could well await the final matches on 13th September when Dominies entertain Burghill and Bewdley travel to Wormelow.

Elsewhere, Malvern’s swift return to Division three with Rushwick was confirmed with defeat at home to Coombs Wood and Lye beat Feckenham to leapfrog Wormelow whilst Enville secured their place for next season, winning at Cookley.

Division Three 1st XIs – leaders Harborne lost at home to third placed Bredon to open up the race for that Division’s title as they now head Stourport, winners at home to Tenbury by just 10 points.

Bredon are 17 points back in 3rd and could yet challenge in their debut WCL season and they are 31 ahead of Netherton who beat Avoncroft. Ross beat Alveley to almost certainly condemn them to relegation, along with Tenbury, and Alvechurch’s win at Old Vigornians as well as Chaddesley’s over Cleobury have virtually confirmed their respective survivals.

Harborne visit Cleobury next week and Stourport travel to Alvechurch but Bredon’s win at Harborne makes it look as if the title will need to go to the final week.

Division Four 1st XIs – Bartestree and Lugwardine won at home to Bromsgrove and still lead the table by 37 points from Himbleton who beat Kidderminster. Next come Claverley after a win against Oldswinford and they are 6 adrift of Himbleton.

Kidderminster stay 4th, too far from promotion this year, and Five Ways, in their first year in the league look secure in 5th following a win over Martley. Romsley put up a stout show of resistance to win at Old Hill yet were still relegated as Himley won at Halesowen.

Division Five 1st XIs leaders Kempsey beat Hanley Castle convincingly to claim the title after a season with just one defeat. They only did it with 3 points to spare ahead of Barnards Green who were the only team to beat them, and who yesterday romped home in double quick time away at Stourport 3rds. However, it is worth noting that Stourport managed to field all 4 sides despite having no fewer than 30 players unavailable.

In the other games on the final day of the season, Astwood Bank beat West Malvern with a hat trick from Paul Davis in his 5-22, Hallow won their first match of the season in a basement battle with OEs at Droitwich and Stourbridge beat Barnt Green.

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In the 2nd XIs, Division one leaders Worcester Nomads saw off Stourport and second placed Colwall effectively ended Pedmore ‘s hopes so it was Hagley who beat Evesham and Redditch, victors over Bewdley that have got themselves in contention.

Elsewhere Niwantha Indima scored 112 for Rushwick which was not enough to hold off Belbroughton and Cookley eased themselves up the table with a win against Droitwich who now look doomed.

In Division two, Netherton still head Enville by 10 points after they both won, Netherton at Coombs Wood and Enville at home to Harborne.

Pershore slipped in 3rd, losing at Alvechurch and Bromyard beat Oldswinford to close up on them in 4th. In the other games, Lye and Worcester won at Feckenham and relegated Dominies respectively.

Division three 2nd XI leaders Burghill clinched the title with a win at home to Claverley and although Bredon beat Harvington with a massive total of 431, they cannot overtake the Herefordshire outfit.

Avoncroft beat Malvern, Wormelow beat Romsley, Himley beat Chaddesley and Bartestree beat Alveley.

Division four 2nds leaders Bromsgrove beat Ross and are now 18 ahead of new 2nd placed side Old Vigornians who beat Oldswinford.

Martley are now 3rd after they slipped at home to Five Ways being44 all out. Cleobury beat Halesowen, Kidderminster beat Himbleton and Tenbury won for the first time this year, beating Old Hill by 154 runs.

Division five 2nds – Barnards Green won the title by beating Stourport and Stourbridge ended in 3rd despite losing to Barnt Green. In other matches West Malvern beat bottom side Astwood Bank, Hallow beat Old Elizabethans and Kempsey beat Hanley Castle.

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In Division six, Canon Frome duly tied up the title ribbons with a win at home to bottom placed Droitwich. Birlingham ended up 2nd, some 39 points behind but only after losing to Ombersley who finished 3rd, 14 points behind.

In the other matches, Netherton beat Cutnall Green, who remained 4th, Highley beat Rushwick at Broadwas and Stone drew with Harborne.

Division seven Worcester Nomads beat Pedmore with 94 from veteran Malcolm Jones and thereby ended 8 points ahead of Hagley to claim the title after a hard fought campaign in which the lead changed many times. Hagley won by defeating Worcester, who were themselves top just three weeks ago, and that defeat plunged them to 6th place, with wins for Enville at Coombs Wood, Pershore at home to Belbroughton and Redditch who thrashed Malvern, clinching 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively.

Thanks to all the Divisions 5-9 clubs, now with their fixtures completed for the season, please remember to complete the Questionnaires!

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