Worcester Put Up a Battle

Worcestershire Cricket League Results

Last Updated: Sep 13, 2015 08:29pm
Badsey, Wychavon
By Chris Marsh
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Worcestershire County League

Summary of results Saturday 12th September 2015 

How can we maintain our sides in the Birmingham League Division three? At start of play yesterday, both Astwood Bank and Worcester were in the relegation positions but both could still save themselves by winning, although in the Bank’s case another result would need to go in their favour. But it was not to be, for after Astwood Bank surrendered somewhat tamely, Worcester put up a tremendous fight at home to Pelsall, losing eventually by just two wickets after a number 7 bat scored a century against them. So next year we shall have all the past three years’ Champions in Division One and yet wish Pershore all success as they re-enter the Premier league.

In Division One 1st XIs, Pershore yesterday had the seemingly easy trip to Oldswinford who were 10th at start of play but in danger of joining Redditch and Bromyard if they could not win as the Astwood Bank and Worcester relegation nightmare unfolded.

What happened was another juddering batting display from the Champions at 146-9 as Oldswinford’s bowlers restricted them to give themselves a good chance of sending Belbroughton, who were being held to a draw at Redditch, to Division Two. However, whether or not Oldswinford or Belbroughton realised what was happening, Pershore’s efficient bowlers were again up to the task and rolled out their hosts for 107.

Pedmore, may also have been caught by Oldswinford and sent down as they were held to a tremendously exciting losing draw at hoe to Burghill who, thanks to skipper Owen Morgan’s 118, set them 320 to chase and yet were only 6 in front  at the end of 100 overs with Pedmore having one wicket left.

The other games were more conventional than these as runners up Nomads thrashed sorry Bewdley, chasing 110 for victory in only 16 overs, Bromyard’s misery was finally ended with defeat at home to Hagley for whom Michael Stead scored an undefeated 90 and finally Droitwich confirmed 3rd place, a full 87 points behind Pershore by beating Colwall thanks to Max Young’s unbeaten 92 which confirmed him as the Division’s highest run scorer this season.

In Division Two 1st XIs, Cookley won at Dominies to go up as Champions and Stourport will join them after leapfrogging Bredon with a workmanlike display.

Coombs Wood also overtook Bredon to end up 3rd, as they beat Enville and sent them down in the process. Feckenham lost to Evesham who this ended their run of relegations after 3 years on a slide as Fahim Maan made 136 and took 4 wickets. 

In the other match played Lye beat Malvern to escape Enville’s fate.

In Division Three 1st XIs, Alvechurch were crowned Champions at Himbleton, winning by 4 wickets and Chaddesley’s “topsy-turvy” season was ultimately successful, despite being bundled out for 81 to lose by 24 to Old Vigornians, they claimed 2nd spot just three points ahead of Himbleton, for whom a draw would have been enough for promotion.

Netherton beat Bartestree but at the wrong end of the table, relegated Alveley lost at Rushwick and will be joined in Division four by Claverley who lost at home to Ross, saving themselves in the process, and ten men Cleobury who lost at Avoncroft.

Division Four 1st XIs –Champions Kempsey saw off nine man Hanley Castle, and Barnards Green confirmed runners up spot by defeating Oldswinford to send them down. Bromsgrove had a winning draw with relegated Old Hill to end up in 4th after Kidderminster beat Fiveways OEs who are 5th.

Elsewhere, Martley had a winning draw with Halesowen and Himley beat Harvington.


In the 2nd XIs, Division one leaders Stourport wrapped up their title with an easy win at 3rd placed Colwall and so pipping last year’s Champions, Worcester Nomads who beat Bewdley at home.

In other matches Redditch beat Belbroughton, Evesham made 447-7 including Tahir Mirza’s 170 which was just 4 short of Rushwick’s stout reply of 174-4 to avoid defeat.

Hagley beat Netherton and in the last match, Enville and Pedmore were both unable to force a win that could have saved one of them so both will be relegated with Rushwick.

In Division two, Pershore 2nds were held to a draw and Coombs Wood edged out Droitwich for 2nd place, some 85 points adrift of the leaders, despite losing at Burghill but gaining 5 bonus points. Droitwich, like their 1sts, ended in 3rd place beating relegated Bredon whilst Bromyard lost at Lye and finish 4th. This still means Lye go down, however.

Bottom side Alvechurch, perhaps inspired by their 1st XI, had a rare win defeating Harborne and finally Cookley beat Avoncroft.

In Division three 2nds the Champions Oldswinford were idle as their match at Alveley was abandoned and Wormelow’s winning draw with Himley was enough to enable them to grab second place after Kidderminster lost to relegated Claverley who could do no more than that to save themselves after Himley failed to win.

Bartestree thrashed bottom side Malvern and Bromsgrove were conceded to by Dominies and in the final match Chaddesley got their own back on Old Vigs, avenging the 1st XI’s defeat by nine wickets in a similarly low scoring affair.

Division four 2nds leaders Kempsey won at home to nine men Hanley to lift the trophy and Fiveways are second and also promoted after they won at Ross on Wye.

Elsewhere, Barnards Green beat Oldswinford, Cleobury had a narrow in over Old Hill and Halesowen beat Martley by 11 runs with 7 balls to spare.

Congratulations to our final (provisional) Champions AND Runners up:- 

Division One 2nds: STOURPORT / WORCESTER NOMADS. Division Two 1sts: COOKLEY / STOURPORT. Division two 2nds: Runners up: COOMBS WOOD. Division Three 1sts: ALVECHURCH / CHADDESLEY CORBETT Division Three 2nds: Runners up: WORMELOW Division Four 1sts: Runners up: BARNARDS GREEN.  Division Four 2nds: KEMPSEY / FIVEWAYS OLD EDWARDIANS.

Thanks for making it a (mostly) very enjoyable 11th season for me as Administrator.


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