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Worcestershire County League - 6th August 2016

Last Updated: Aug 8, 2016 09:07pm
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Worcestershire County League

Summary of results Saturday 6th August 2016

Division one 1st XI leaders Worcester Nomads increased their lead at the top to 46 points after they turned the tables on Stourport thanks to their spin trio making good use of a dusty track, after Stourport had restricted the home side to 240. The team that has shadowed Nomads for most of the season, Colwall, were suffering a rare home defeat at the hands of tight game specialists Worcester, who won by one wicket in the final over and have moved above Stourport to stand just 7 behind Colwall.

With six rounds remaining, last season’s relegated Birmingham League outfit may soon be the only team that can challenge Nomads and they meet at their home ground next week as they try to do the double over the leaders, following a two wicket win earlier in the campaign.

Elsewhere, it was relegation that was on everyone’s minds as Oldswinford, long regarded as certain to drop down, won for a second week in succession, beating 5th placed Burghill, closing the gap on Belbroughton and Droitwich who both lost again. Belbroughton fell at Cookley thanks to Jamen Rudd’s 100 and Droitwich were no match for Charlie Eastoe’s fine 98 for Bewdley.

Despite last week’s victory, Pedmore crashed back to earth, losing at Hagley and so the foot of the table now reads: Oldswinford 135, Belbroughton 153, Droitwich 156, Pedmore 163, Cookley 167 and Bewdley 169.

Next week, in the final round of win/lose contests, expect a tightly contested match between the leaders Nomads and Worcester as the Division’s 6 most economical bowlers will be on view, whilst Colwall go to Pedmore to contest a match that neither can afford to lose. In addition Droitwich hope that some of Oldswinford’s recent form may rub off on them as they meet in a vital encounter.

In Division two 1st XIs, the leaders Redditch lost again and saw their once massive advantage decline to just 10 points as Chaddesley’s Ibrahim Jiva made 98 in his side’s victory chase. 

Feckenham and Coombs Wood had comfortable wins against Dominies and Bredon, respectively, and are 20 and 31 points adrift of Chaddesley and 31 ahead of Dominies, who remain 5th.

In other games, Lye beat Wormelow and there were vital wins for Alvechurch and Bromyard as they scrap to avoid relegation. Bottom side Alvechurch beat 10th placed Enville and this has enabled Bromyard to leapfrog Enville to 10th after they beat Evesham and they now trail Bredon by just 9 points. 

Reading upwards at the foot of the table, Alvechurch have 111, Enville 136, Bromyard 143, Bredon 152 and Wormelow 164 and next week Wormelow entertain Enville.

Also next week, Redditch host Coombs Wood, Chaddesley visit Dominies and Feckenham travel to Alvechurch.

In Division three 1st XIs, Harborne lost at home to Old Vigornians, after Charlie Lamb scored 109 not out to enable the visitors to eclipse Harborne’s 308-9 and in so doing, the old boys have closed the gap on the leaders to just 13 points as they leapt above previously second placed Bartestree who were losing heavily at bottom side Cleobury Mortimer.

Bartestree’s defeat also enabled Kempsey to get back in the promotion hunt after a resounding 209 runs win over local rivals Barnards Green with Adam Baker claiming 5-21 for a rampant Kempsey.

Netherton beat Ross on Wye with Dan Lowe grabbing 5-22 from 10 overs and Himbleton defeated Avoncroft thanks to new skipper Alistair Pretty’s 111. In the final game, Malvern had a rare win, eclipsing Rushwick’s 284-6 and thus giving themselves some hope of survival.

Next, Harborne go to Rushwick, Old Vigornians entertain Ross at New Road and Bartestree have a tricky test at home to Kempsey.

In Division four 1st XIs, there was no change at the top after leaders Fiveways had Jon Bassett’s assorted 5-20 as their main reason for thrashing 4th placed Astwood Bank and Martley’s Dominic Jones made 108 in his side’s 200 runs win at Claverley.

Bromsgrove beat Halesowen and are 3rd, 27 points adrift of Martley and in the other games, Tom Rhodes of Himley scored 75 and took 5-34 in his side’s defeat of Alveley, whilst Kidderminster thrashed Stourport and Hanley Castle had a narrow 14 runs success at home to bottom side Oldswinford and jumped from 11th to 9th in the table.

The final win/lose matches see Fiveways at Alveley and Martley at home to Hanley.

In Division five 1st XIs, the leaders Tenbury extended their lead to 26 points by defeating Stourbridge and West Malvern strengthened their hold on the runners up spot with three rounds left as they beat Hallow thanks to Phil Chaundy’s 108 not out.

Barnt Green beat Redditch Entaco by 203 runs and Old Hill beat Droitwich by just 13 runs and finally, Old Elizabethans’ challenge for the top appears to be stalling after they were unable to take the final Enville wicket and had to settle for a draw.

However, OEs do have to play Hallow and West Malvern in the next two weeks and also next week, West Malvern visit Tenbury to try and peg them back in the title race.

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In the 2nd XIs, in Division one, the leaders, Worcester Nomads posted 316-5 on a fantastic batting surface at Stourport who replied with 319-3 with two overs to spare. This resulted in a total of 635 -8 between the sides which included 104 for Nomads’ Joe Laugher and 106 for the hosts’ Cristian Parry. This win for Stourport was a massive boost as they strive to retain their trophy, however, Nomads still have a 26 points lead and Stourport have yet to play 2 of the threes ides below them.

The team in 3rd, Redditch are a distant 35 points behind after beat Bewdley who are 5th with Geoff Eley making 115 and Naseek Hussain 99 Colwall are 4th but won at Worcester easily and Hagley beat Pedmore by just 9 runs thanks to Mohit Mandiratta who took 7-46.

Elsewhere, Netherton won again, this time at home to Coombs Wood and have moved level with Worcester in joint 10th as Belbroughton remain rooted to the bottom after Evesham beat them despite 95 from Jon Hawk.

In Division two, Feckenham beat Rushwick and moved to 32 in front of Harborne as the latter lost at Droitwich. Harborne still lead 3rd placed Enville by 37 points despite Enville winning at Avoncroft by just 15 runs.

Wormelow lost to Lye and Bromyard beat Cookley to close to within 3 points of them in 5th place. In the final game, Burghill beat Oldswinford.

In Division three 2nds, Chaddesley Corbett lost to Bredon but stay top by 22 points, now from Alvechurch who beat Fiveways OEs thanks to Duncan Pritchard’s 93 as Bromsgrove were thrashed by Bartestree.

The Dominies beat Claverley thanks to Anthony Doyle’s 110 and Bredon and Alveley beat Kidderminster and Kempsey respectively in matches again reduced by traffic delays.

Division four 2nd XI leaders Stourport beat Ross on Wye and Astwood Bank kept up their challenge in 2nd by defeating Himbleton with veteran Paul Boycott scoring 106 not out and his daughter Clare taking 4-3 from just 2 overs with no maidens! Martley beat Malvern and Himley just prevailed over Barnards Green by 2 runs as BG finished the game with 9 men despite there being 11 balls remaining. Finally, Oldswinford beat Hanley who are second from bottom.

Division five 2nd XI leaders Hallow beat West Malvern and Old Elizabethans stayed 15 points behind after they beat Enville.

Barnt Green had their match conceded by Redditch Entaco, Stourbridge beat Tenbury with Sohail Munir taking 7-34 and Droitwich beat Old Hill.

 

In the One team section, Division six leaders Pershore swopped once again with Harvington after they lost at Cutnall Green and Harvington beat bottom placed Nomads by one run off the final deliver. Skipper Barry Clements made 99 not out.

Elsewhere, Birlingham beat Hagley thanks to Alan Keylock’s century, Harborne beat Romsley and Ombersley beat Highley thanks to George Baldwin’s 102 not out.

Division seven north leaders Netherton were without a match and so Stone took advantage and having played the extra match they beat Cookley with Pete Harler 120 and Nick Taylor 112 scoring 248 without loss to record a ten wicket win and head the table by 20 points.

The other games saw Belbroughton beat Pedmore, Romsley beat Harborne and Coombs Wood and Fiveways drew.

Division seven south’s leaders, Worcester stay 10 ahead of Ombersley Taverners with 1 round left but sadly were one of three games (out of four) that were conceded.

Taverners won the only game played, beating Bewdley and stay 25 in front of 3rd.


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