Summary of results Saturday 24th June 2017

Chaddesley Corbett duly won the 1st XI KO trophy last Tuesday, beating Lye, and it will be the turn of Bewdley 2nds and Himley 4ths this week to contest their final, again at Kidderminster, all welcome. Back to the league, for a real mixed bag of results with some super low scores (incl. a “ninefer”) plus a very big score, possibly the 2nd biggest margin ever!

Division one 1st XI’s top five sides are now covered by just 22 points and the prospect, mentioned here last week, is still for a barn-storming end to the current administrator’s reign this year.

Having just lost to Redditch last week by a whisker, leaders Bewdley had another thrilling finish at their neighbours Stourport as they scored 234-9 in their overs, largely due to Rob Combes’ 95 but then with one ball remaining they took the home side’s final wicket at exactly the same score to earn a tie and stay top of the pile.

Cookley, conquerors of Hagley in another of last week’s upsets, were easy winners at long time leaders Worcester thanks to Dan Soley’s spell of 5-30 and they have gone jumped to second, just 5 behind Bewdley.

Worcester have slipped to fourth, now 12 adrift of Hagley who trail Cookley by a solitary point after they won a close fought match at Droitwich.

Redditch beat Burghill, Feckenham beat Eastnor with a third wicket partnership in excess of 100 between Flynn Duggan and Josh Stacey and Pedmore won for the second week running beating Colwall by 76 runs.

No rest for the leaders as the first half closes next week, with Bewdley entertaining Worcester hoping to hold onto their slender lead and also that Worcester do not return to form after 3 defeats on the trot.

In Division two 1st XIs, leaders Bredon kept up the pressure on the chasing duo but could only manage a very narrow 4 run victory at bottom side Harborne. They stay 12 in front of Evesham who made the long march to Wormelow and returned with the spoils, reducing the home side to 115 all out.

Chaddesley are third, still 3 behind Evesham as they saw off a determined challenge from Enville which included Greg Tomkins making 91. Belbroughton slipped up from their recent heady run, losing at Oldswinford, and the Old Vigornians beat Coombs Wood at Peopleton.

The final match was an interesting affair as George Leighton again scored a century for Bromyard at Lye in their 228-9 but who could have known that the home side had a party to go to as they set off with a rush, averaging over ten runs per over, winning the match in 27 overs and dragging their opponents back towards the relegation dogfight.

Next week, Bredon host Enville and it is Evesham’s turn to play the bottom side Harborne. However, with both the top suffering deductions after last week, every point matters as Chaddesley visit Lye.

In Division three 1st XIs, Kempsey recovered from last week’s reversal at Avoncroft and although Sam O’Neill was absent, they easily saw off third placed Bartestree’s impressive 258 all out with 21 balls left, with their own 259-3 with a full thirteen overs in hand, thanks to a 174 four run partnership for the third wicket between Simon Dorrell who made 101 and Zak O’Neill who was unbeaten on 99 when the win came.

Himbleton easily beat Fiveways to stay 22 points back in second place and are now 29 ahead of Bartestree and fourth placed Netherton were unable to make any progress with no points from a heavy 9 wickets defeat, scoring just 65, at home to Astwood Bank 3rds.

Early strugglers Malvern, have climbed above Avoncroft into 5 th after they beat them thanks to Tom Hale’s 110 and Alvechurch have also closed up in 7 th, one point in front of Astwood Bank, after Mike Reuben’s spell of 6-21 from 6 overs rushed Rushwick to defeat.

The final match was a relegation battle in which Himley prevailed over Martley bouncing back from last week’s hammering at Rushwick who they now trail by 21 with Martley and Fiveways Old Edwardians now jointly 11 ahead of Martley.

Next up the Himbleton v Kempsey epic this division has been waiting for and Bartestree will hope to close the gap on one of them with a victory against Malvern.

In Division four 1st XIs, West Malvern maintained their impressive start, beating Worcester by 75 thanks to Phil Chaundry’s 137

Bromsgrove are still waiting 13 points behind should Wests slip up and they won a close match at Kidderminster with Dan Collins scoring 110 not out in response to James Williams’ 88 for the home side on the feather bedded top pitch at Chester Road.

Hanley beat Stourport, staying 3 behind Bromsgrove and Tenbury continued their impressive run, beating Alveley thanks to Keir Sellars’ 86.

Elsewhere, Claverley won at Halesowen and Hallow beat old Elizabethans to put some clear blue between themselves and the bottom top, OEs and Worcester. Next week, West Malvern receive Tenbury.

In Division Five Barnt Green won the clash of the top two quite convincingly, but only in the final over did they eclipse Stourbridge’s 271-9 to move 12 points in front at the half way point of the season. Surely the title now rests between these two heavyweights?

Old Hill are a full 51 points further back after they were beaten at home by Oldswinford but stay 2 in front of Pershore who won by ten wickets at bottom placed Enville, still without a win.

Droitwich, like their 1sts are still winless as well after Romsley beat them and Redditch have also put some breathing space between themselves and the bottom sides with a narrow win at Harborne.

Droitwich are at home again next week to leaders Barnt Green and Enville will be hoping they can gain on them by beating Romsley.

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In the 2nd XIs, in Division One, Feckenham maintained their lead with a straightforward win over Eastnor and Redditch in 2nd beat Coombs Wood to stay 18 points behind the leaders.

Worcester stay third with an eight wickets win at, ten losses in a row, Evesham despite Imran Aslam’s score of 92 from his side’s total of 164. The other batsmen were not so prolific due to Joe Tate taking 6-34.

Stourport and Hagley are 4th and 5th after the former beat Bewdley and Hagley overcame Harborne despite Jim Clifford scoring an unbeaten 90 for the Warwickshire side.

So, that just leaves the small matter of the match at Stowe Lane, Colwall where the 9 th placed home side posted 449-5 (Ben Butler made 176 and fellow opener Archie Sale 128) and then bowled out the 10 th placed side Pedmore for just 55 in 18 overs (Stuart Martin taking 8-10).

The margin of 394 runs seems to be a contender for biggest margin of all time, but who can forget Astwood Bank 511-2 declared vs. Lye 86 all out in July 2009 which is 31 runs more at a massive 425 margin of victory.

In Division two , Belbroughton, with Steve Thomas scoring 90, beat Oldswinford easily to remain 26 in front of Droitwich who cruised past Bromsgrove’s total of 273 with ease. They are now 20 points in front of Enville after the latter crashed to defeat at Chaddesley.

Cookley beat Wormelow with Matt Goode making 94 and stay locked in joint 4 th with Netherton who beat Burghill with Mo Shoaib scoring 95 in reply to Ryan Knight’s unbeaten 102 and Lee Davies’ 7-24 for Burghill. Surely, Burghill’s first win is not far away with these players available.

In the final game, Bromyard were able to ease their relegation fears with a big win at home to Lye thanks to Nick Leighton’s first league century (on the same day as his brother George) and James Brown who took 6-14 in Lye’s innings.

In Division three 2nds, Rushwick thrashed Alvechurch and with OVs losing to Astwood Bank and Bredon suffering a similar fate at Fiveways OEs, they have now extended their lead to 47 points. For Fiveways OEs, James Hughes- Tranter made 101.

Avoncroft have taken advantage of the defeats of others and jumped to second place with a narrow win over Stourport thanks to Chris Pitt who made 127 and took four wickets. Stourport’s Dave Cook made 96 in reply.

Bartestree beat Kempsey, despite Mo Farooq’s 102 and in the final match Claverley beat fellow strugglers Halesowen by 19 runs.

Division four 2nd XI Hallow’s title progress was halted by Old Elizabethans’ Andy Harn who took 5-12 as the leaders were dismissed for 74. OEs then completed a ten wickets win in just 10.1 overs.

Himbleton racked up 314-7 in 45 overs to beat Kidderminster and are now just one point behind Hallow but 13 in front of Kidderminster. Martley beat Himley to close up in 5 th place and West Malvern beat bottom side Worcester to remain 6th.

Alveley stayed 7th after beating visiting Tenbury and the final match saw Shane Abel of Malvern singlehandedly lift his side from the foot of the table as they bowled out Hanley for just 33 runs by taking 9-11, the best analysis apart from the four hauls of “tenfers” in the league’s history.

Division five 2nd XI leaders Pershore were without a match and so their lead over Stourbridge, who beat Barnt Green, is down to 20 points.

Oldswinford are third, 22 behind Stourbridge after they beat Old Hill. Redditch beat Harborne and Romsley’s Steve Randall made 145 in a rare appearance for his side as they crushed Droitwich.

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In Division Six , Cookhill beat Stone by 5 wickets after Andy Fennell had taken 7-34 and they are still 7 points ahead of Cutnall Green who beat Hagley and, in turn, remain 8 points ahead of Harvington, who beat Ombersley. Birlingham’s match was sadly conceded by Barnards Green.

Division Seven North leaders Cookley were thrashed by previously bottom side Coombs Wood who were tasting victory for the first time this season.

This means they have surrendered the lead to Highley who beat Netherton and they now have a 4 points lead over Belbroughton, who beat new bottom side Pedmore with last week’s centurion Jamie MacKenzie taking 5-8 which included 7 wides!

Cookley come next, 3 further back and they are 11 in front of Netherton and Chaddesley who beat Fiveways OEs.

In Division Seven South , Nomads lost again but moved back to the summit with bonus points as a result of Bartestree not having a fixture. Their lead will probably be short-lived as they are resting next week as there are now 3 sides on their heels following Bewdley’s 2 wickets win over Nomads and Bromyard defeating Bredon, despite Mark Notley’s 101 for Bredon.

The final match, played at Hewell was a win for Ombersley Taverners against Feckenham.

Chris Marsh