Summary of results
Saturday 3rd May 2014
Much better weather this week meant that all 68 games were played and quite a few to a very tense finish. For example, there was a tie, plus 6 one wicket wins and one with a one run winning margin, so exciting stuff!
In Division One, the three teams who won last week did so again and so have opened up a useful early lead.
Pershore thrashed Evesham with a maiden Worcestershire ton for overseas player Ullrich Boshoff.
Colwall followed up their opening day rain-affected win at Worcester with a win at home to Belbroughton and Nomads returned from Bromyard with the spoils despite a tremendous fightback from their hosts.
After Paul Pickering and Rich Henry had steered the visitors to 196 all out in 39 overs, with overseas star Ahmed Jamal taking 5-26, the home side's reply was in ruins at 45-7 after the opening spells of Henry, 4-20 and 3-26 from Liam O'Driscoll. And it was only 16 years old Ian Bullock holding the lower order together with a well-crafted 40 that enabled Bromyard to get within 30 of their target with 4 overs left.
In other games, Hagley's Joe Lennon thumped the Redditch attack for 131 in 92 balls as his side ran out winners and there were also wins for Pedmore at Harvington and Worcester at Droitwich.
Next week, Colwall visit Bromyard and Pershore will hope that Joe Lennon has used his quota of runs up for a while as they entertain Hagley.
– saw second wins for leaders Cookley, who won at home to Malvern, and Oldswinford and Stourbridge Social who won a high scoring encounter at Lye with 4 overs left.
Elsewhere, Bewdley beat Dominies, Burghill thrashed Coombs Wood, Rushwick narrowly overcame Feckenham and Enville were no match for Wormelow.
The top two meet next week so something has to give in this Division!
Stourport still head Bredon by one point, despite losing by 2 wickets with 3 balls left at the new Division 3 outfit's ground.
Several other sides added wins to their five rained off points from last week and these are all level with Bredon in joint 2nd place: Netherton who beat Harborne by 1 wicket, Ovs who beat Cleobury by 3 wickets, Ross who won narrowly at Chaddesley and Tenbury who beat Alveley a little more comfortably.
In the other match, Avoncroft defeated Alvechurch and surprisingly next week the only match between sides in the top half is at Tenbury who host Netherton.
– have two 100% sides at the top; Bromsgrove who won at Romsley, and Claverley who beat Himley.
There was a tie at Bartestree in their match with Halesowen, who lost their last wicket with almost 14 overs left.
Elsewhere, there were wins for Five Ways, Martley and Old Hill with Martley's Dominic Jones notching 109 not out from his team's 184 against Oldswinford.
– had their first round of matches and there were wins for Barnards Green, one wicket victors at Astwood Bank, Barnt Green at Stourport, Haley at OEs, Kempsey who won at West Malvern, and Stourbridge who beat Hallow.
– is led by Hagley, Rushwick and Worcester Nomads who all recorded their second wins.
Hagley beat Redditch by 5 wickets, Rushwick squeezed home by 1 wicket at home to Evesham and Nomads beat Bewdley.
Elsewhere, Colwall beat Belbroughton, Pedmore's evergreen Kevin Trusswell picked up five wickets and Dan Birch made 81 in their side's victory over Cookley.
Lastly, Stourport had a narrow win over Droitwich despite Martin Woodward's remarkable spell of 10 overs, 8 maidens, 6 wickets for one run.
Last week's solitary winners, Enville, defeated Worcester by six runs in a tense finish and there were comfortable wins for Alvechurch, Feckenham, Harborne and Oldswinford.
The last match at Dominies saw them edge out Bromyard by one run with two overs left.
So Enville have a useful lead at the top and Pershore have picked up just one point from each of their first two fixtures at the opposite end of the table.
Bredon lead the way as the only 100% team after they thrashed Wormelow thanks to Alex Antonelli's innings of 92. Last week's winners Bartestree were beaten at home by Chaddesley with James Hewitt making 93 for the visitors.
Avoncroft, who also won in the first round were beaten by Burghill,
In the other matches Harvington beat Malvern by 19 runs, Romsley beat Alveley and Claverley beat Himley who are already a few points adrift.
The winners last week, Bromsgrove and Old Vigornians, continued that form with wins over Tenbury and Cleobury Mortimer and there were also victories for Himbleton (by one wicket at Five Ways), Martley, who thrashed Oldswinford and Stourbridge Social, and Kidderminster, who demolished Old Hill.
Lastly, Ross with Mike Jeffryes scoring 123, beat Halesowen for whom Phil Traves made 80.
– made their season's bow and there were comfortable wins for West Malvern , Barnards Green and Old Elizabethans as well as narrow one-wicket triumphs for Stourbridge and Stourport
The one team section also started their programme with fixtures in Divisions six and seven.
Cutnall Green thrashed ten-man Ombersley with 78 not out scored by Groundsman Derek Higgins; Harborne lost at home to Champions Canon Frome and Birlingham won their first ever match in the division at Highley.
There were also wins for Droitwich at Stone thanks to James King's 97 not out, and for Netherton at Rushwick.
Division Seven started with a slight whimper as there were two matches conceded, hopefully just because it was the first round. Hagley, Pedmore and Worcester Nomads all recorded wins.
So far there have been just two midweek knock-out matches played, both in the 1st XIs North section and, in these, Avoncroft have beaten Belbroughton and Halesowen beat Romsley. This week's better weather should hopefully bring more of these ...
In the Sunday League, First XI North, Halesowen sit on top of the table with six points after Himley conceded.
On the same number of points are Stourbridge, who beat Swindon by six wickets.
West Bromwich Dartmouth are in eigth place after conceding to Waterfront.
In the First XI South, Worcester sit on top with seven points after Old Elizabethans conceded.
Barnt Green are just behind them on six points, after beating Redditch by three wickets. Jack Robertson knocked 51.