Worcestershire County Cricket League
Summary of results Saturday 31
st August 2013
Report by Chris Marsh
In Division One 1
th win in their first season in Division One at the expense of Burghill and Tillington, who were promoted with them but now look destined to return to Division two as Droitwich who are 10th eased their own worries with a win at Oldswinford and Pedmore are now almost confirmed as safe in 9th
place after a win over Worcester.
Next week, Astwood Bank seek the 7 points they need at home to Belbroughton whilst Bromyard entertain Redditch and Pershore have a visit from Dominies in matches which could decide 2
Division Two 1
match of the season and Stourport won for the first time in a while as they dragged Coombs Wood back into the frame with a 7 wkts win.
Next week, Colwall visit Feckenham and Bewdley go to Enville for what looks like a second place decider but neither have given up yet as a win could still give each an outside chance of catching Colwall. At the other end of the table, Stourport must hope their revival continues at home to Rushwick as Cookley meet Coombs Wood and will play Stourport in the final round so all is not lost for all these three sides as they battle to avoid 10th
th and 11th
Division Three 1
th and 6th
Yesterday, Ross beat relegated Himley with centuries from James Tiffen and Harry Porter (this one came off just 40 balls), the same players who took 14 wickets for Ross last weekend.
In the final match, 650 runs were scored at Himbleton in a fantastic match where bowling figures were unremarkable as the home side just got the better of visiting Birlingham despite 105 from James Styles.
Next week, Malvern are at home to Avoncroft and the final round sees them visit Harborne so it is in
champions Claverley had no such tensions as they beat Barnt Green with 100 from skipper Steve Haden and Martley made sure of runners up position by beating Hanley Castle who finish fourth and Kempsey, who beat Astwood Bank are third.
Stourbridge beat Hallow and Stourport beat Old Elizabethans in other games.
finished for the year with Old Vigornians on top despite losing the final match at Bartestree, who
So Cleobury Mortimer
However, if you think that was exciting, the last round of matches began with Old Hill bottom, as they have been most of the season, on 138, next came their opponents yesterday, Barnards Green on 142 and then West Malvern with 147 so the expected outcome at Cleobury would condemn West Malvern with Barnards Green saving themselves at Old Hill.
However, as at Redditch earlier in the day, Old Hill had other ideas and ran out victors to leapfrog both Malvern based sides and send them into Division Five for 2014.
Champions, Lye were presented with their trophy before the match at Alveley which they completed in fine style, winning for a 16th
time in 20 matches. In second place, Harborne slipped by losing to Alvechurch for whom Matt Hayward scored 129.
Avoncroft and Malvern both took advantage of Harborne
The table reads: Lye 393, Harborne 295, Avoncroft 293 and Malvern 290 so an exciting final two rounds are in prospect to grab the runners up spot and even Alveley and Ross have faint chances in 5
Elsewhere, relegated Tenbury gave Cookley a lifeline as they lost their 17
leaders Astwood Bank started the day needing just 13 points to sew up the title and their long held goal of elevation to the Birmingham League with three matches remaining. The news that Bromyard had inserted Hagley and thus surrendered 4 points made things even rosier and so what could go wrong?
The answer is that Redditch, the Bank
Bromyard duly beat Hagley convincingly by 9 wickets and are now 42 points behind Astwood but Pershore could only manage a winning draw with Belbroughton and so are out of the race for another year as they trail the leaders by 50 points.
Worcester Dominies completed their 8