Summary of results
Saturday May 17
Wow, what a scorcher to welcome the first full programme of the season! AND runs, surely enough to satisfy anyone, with thirteen sides totalling more than 300 (3 of which were above 400) including two matches where both sides totalled over 300. Not a day to run short of cold drinks!
Only Pershore are still at 100% after four matches, having demolished Harvington; scoring 329-6 and winning by 145 runs. They may have tougher matches ahead but this was a clinical annihilation of the division's newest side, still looking for a first win.
Colwall, the joint leaders after three rounds, did not give up their status without a fight for, after they appeared down and out after scoring 198 at home to Worcester Nomads, the visitors appeared to be cruising at 165-3 in under 30 overs. However, the home side rallied in spectacular fashion to earn a tied match and hang on in 2nd place six points behind Pershore.
Pedmore stay third a further 9 points back, as despite not managing to score as freely as they did last week, they comfortably accounted for Redditch, themselves high scorers in the KO Cup. Worcester notched their third win and are just one point behind Pedmore after winning at Hagley.
Elsewhere, Belbroughton lead a small "middle band" group in 6th after defeating Evesham.
Droitwich are just behind them after winning narrowly at home to Bromyard, still without a win and now 61 points behind Pershore. Next week's fixtures see Pershore entertain Pedmore, Colwall host Droitwich and Worcester at home to Harvington.
The second tier has three wins out of four for Cookley, Oldswinford and Bewdley. These three accounted for Rushwick, Malvern and Enville respectively; they stay ahead of Lye in fourth after the Black Countrymen ended Wormelow's recent form.
In the other games Burghill recorded a second win over bottom side Feckenham as did the Worcester Dominies in a curious match at Coombs Wood where they scored 245 all out including 110 by skipper Jon Hancock, and then managed to restrict Coombs Wood's chase to 196-1 in 50 overs, that included their captain Mike Langford making 93.
Next time, Bewdley entertain Feckenham and Cookley travel to Wormelow but Oldswinford have a tricky task at Worcester Dominies as they seek to stop the resurgence of the Dominies, who now have more players available than in the first two weeks.
Netherton are the new leaders following their tidy victory at home to Ross on Wye. Last week's leaders Stourport's reversal at new third placed Chaddesley has seen them drop to sixth after some BIG scores by Avoncroft, who go second, and Bredon who climbed to fourth.
Avoncroft made 419 without losing a wicket (their number 3, Matt Hare, must have severe pad rash today!) thanks to 210 from Andy Nicol and 151 scored by Will Sach. They then dismissed Tenbury for 163 to complete a resounding 256 runs victory.
Bredon, for their part, racked up 405 with 123 from Martin Hill but then Alveley made a spirited 248 in reply.
In other games, Harborne showed they would not be outdone in the scoring stakes by recording 345 at home to Old Vigornians and Alvechurch recorded their first win of the season at Cleobury by just 11 runs.
Next week, Netherton travel to Worcester to the Old Vigornians' ground at New Road and Chaddesley will visit Alvechurch. However, perhaps the most intriguing game is at Avoncroft where the two 400+ teams from this week meet with Bredon travelling, will their scorers have enough time to regroup and sharpen their pencils?
Another 100% record fell, as Claverley came up against another 400+ score at Himbleton with Stuart Dickensen contributing 139 out of the day's highest total of 427-5.
However, Claverley put up a very creditable chase after all that leather-hunting as they scored 296-8 to lose by (just) 131 runs.
So, it is Bromsgrove who take over at the top by winning at Kidderminster, but not before the home side had scored 302-8 in reply to Bromsgrove's 345-4 including 117 from Mike Bennison.
Elsewhere, Bartestree are third after beating Five Ways, and Martley must have thought their 294 stood a good chance at home to Romsley. It did, until Jon Stanaway weighed in with 132 to guide his side to their first victory by one wicket with two balls remaining!
Halesowen beat Old Hill, and Oldswinford 3rds lifted themselves off the bottom by winning at Himley, who replace them at the foot of the table and who may not be relishing next week's journey to leaders Bromsgrove.
Also next week, Claverley receive Five Ways OEs and Bartestree and Lugwardine make what is probably their first ever trip, to Romsley and Hunnington.
The fifth tier have two unbeaten sides after three rounds.Barnards Green knocked 344-7 which included a ton from Australian starlet Stewart Hepburn against Barnt Green, and Kempsey saw off Stourbridge 3rds easily.
In other games, grey-haired, Howard Nicholls' heroics in scoring 131 for OEs at West Malvern were in vain as Phil Chaundy took four wickets and scored a century for the home side.
Elsewhere, there were wins for Stourport who stand third behind Kempsey and Barnards Green, and for Astwood Bank over Hallow.
... is jointly led by Colwall, Rushwick and Stourport who are on 65 points, 13 ahead of Hagley and Worcester Nomads. Colwall narrowly beat Nomads by 5 runs, Rushwick overcame Cookley and Stourport beat Hagley with 112* from Ian Delo.
In other games, Pedmore beat Redditch, Evesham won their first match, beating Belbroughton thanks to a whirlwind start. The final match was at Bewdley where the home side scored 333-7 thanks to Connor Franklin's 137 and new signing Rob Drake's 105 to beat Droitwich.
Enville did slip up at Bromyard but still lead the way and it is the Dominiess who now are in second place after their second win at home to Coombs Wood in a remarkable match. The visitors must have thought they stood a good chance with 332-0 in their overs thanks to Jason Clifford and Dean Goodway who both scored hundreds, only for the home side to pass that score with over 4 overs to spare; Chris Miles making an impressive 171 not out.
In other games, Pershore won their first match beating Harborne by one wicket with the help of a last wicket stand of 69. Netherton beat Oldswinford, and Lye beat Worcester off the last ball.
Bredon remain the only 100% team after they beat Alveley easily. Bartestree thrashed Malvern with 102 from Steve Beach, and Avoncroft accounted for Romsley with 102* from Steve Evans.
The other games saw a win for Burghill who made 348 against Himley; Claverley who beat Harvington, and Wormelow who beat Chaddesley.
The fourth tier saw victories for leaders Martley over Tenbury, and Old Vigornians against Himbleton, and Kidderminster over Bromsgrove to consolidate these three at the top.
Elsewhere, Five Ways beat Ross, Oldswinford beat Cleobury and Halesowen thrashed Old Hill, who like Tenbury are still without a win.
Old Elizabethans beat West Malvern and Stourport beat Hanley so that these two stay undefeated at the top. Barnards Green beat their near-namesakes, Barnt Green; Astwood Bank beat Hallow. and Stourbridge 4ths scored 324-7 and Kempsey replied with 273-9 in maybe the highest ever scoring Division Five 2nd XI match (unless someone knows different!)
Birlingham and Canon Frome remain at the summit, recording wins at Rushwick and Highley respectively.
In other games, Droitwich beat Netherton, Ombersley beat Stone and Cutnall Green beat Harborne.
Worcester Nomads are the only 100% side after a win over 8 men Coombs Wood. Belbroughton's match at Malvern was conceded to them so they are in second place and Pedmore are third after winning at home to co-sharers Hagley thanks to 101 not out from ageless Dave Mullard.
It was a shame that Hagley lost on the day that Jeremy Trinham's 4-38 included his 1,000th wicket for the club which, considering how youthful he looks must mean he started playing at three years old! Still, Jez, only another 1,000 to catch up Tony Neel from OEs!!
Enville beat Worcester and the final match in this division was a win for Redditch over rivals Pershore.