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Worcestershire County Cricket League

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: June 26, 2014

By Chris Marsh

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Summary of results

Saturday June 21

Great weather, but World Cup hangovers seem to have raised passions in a few matches that needed strong umpiring, as excitement mounted on the longest day.

Division One

Colwall crept up on the top two and whilst Pershore were winning comfortably at Belbroughton, and Worcester even more easily at Nomads, both gaining 20 points after inserting their hosts. Colwall won by just two wickets at home to Pedmore who chose to take first knock with Wehan Joubert taking 6-56.

Colwall are now one point in front of both Worcester and Pershore, and Pedmore stay 4th a full 32 points back.

Nomads did not register any points at all but stay 5th, 10 behind Pedmore and 10 ahead of Hagley who had a winning draw at Evesham thanks to 125 and four wickets from Lee Maggs.

Droitwich had the better of a draw at home to Harvington who are now bottom without a win after Bromyard and Redditch fought out a close encounter at Bromyard with the visitors climbing to 10th by virtue of a 21 runs victory.

Next week Pershore will be looking to extend Bromyard's miserable season, Colwall go to Redditch seeking to extend their lead and Worcester entertain Belbroughton.

Division Two

Leaders Bewdley grabbed a slender 1 wicket win over their nearest rivals Oldswinford which allowed Burghill to edge between them into 2nd spot by winning convincingly against bottom side Rushwick thanks to 6-39 from Ben George. Bewdley are now 14 ahead of Burghill who are 7 in front of Oldswinford.

Enville are 4th after beating Cookley, and Dominies have also overtaken the Village KO Kings by winning at home to Wormelow.

In other games, Feckenham lost a high-scoring match at home to Lye by 6 runs despite Andy Apperley scoring 91.

Coombs Wood won again to overtake Feckenham at home to Malvern.

It will be the top six versus the bottom six next week including Bewdley's trip to Rushwick, Malvern hosting Enville as Burghill make the short trip to Wormelow.

Division Three

Leaders Harborne slipped up at Bredon for whom skipper Clive Fenney scored 90 and they now have a slender 1 point lead over Stourport who thrashed sorry Tenbury.

Next come Chaddesley who continued their own fine run of form by winning at Cleobury thanks to another 6 wickets haul by Mo Saddiq, despite Craig Shorter making 92 for the home side.

Bredon are 4th and then come Netherton just 3 ahead of Avoncroft who beat them by 9 runs with 7 overs remaining.

The bottom half sides are led by Ross, 15 adrift of Avoncroft, after Jack Evans had made 129 not out and James Tiffen scored 89 in their win at Alveley.

The final match saw a rare one-wicket triumph for the Old Vigornians at Alvechurch.

Division Four

Bartestree and Lugwardine could not quite force a win at Bromsgrove as the home side held out in heroic fashion on 189-9 in reply to Bartestree's 346 all out which included 139 from Nick Frith.

Claverley won at Oldswinford to go joint second with Himbleton who got a very exciting winning draw at Kidderminster in which 14 wickets fell for 729 runs on the smaller, Chester Road second ground.

So the leaders are Bartestree on 126, 9 ahead of Claverley and Himbleton, for whom Jon Critchlow made 118 and took 4-42 at KVCC whilst Paul Mitchell replied with 117 for the home side.

Five Ways are 4th after a comfortable victory at Martley, and Halesowen are 6th, just behind Kidderminster following a fine win at Himley.

The final match at Romsley was won by Old Hill who have pushed Romsley to the foot by virtue of this win and Romsley being deducted points for failing to fulfil their second eleven fixture.

Division Five

Kempsey stayed top by winning at last placed Hallow who had no answer to Andy Baker's 6-47. Barnards Green remained 2nd by gaining a one wicket win at Stourbridge who are 9th.

Hanley had a comfortable home win against West Malvern and Astwood Bank climb to 4th by winning at Stourport.

In the final match Old Elizabethans' Nick McPherson scored 106 for his side as they beat Barnt Green by 78 runs.

Division One

Colwall beat Pedmore to stay at the top in a hurry with more than 20 overs left as Henry Coleman struck a T20 Blast type innings of 98 off 35 balls. They are 13 ahead of Stourport who ended Nomads' good run despite 96 not put from Tim Dobinson-Law.

Next come Hagley following a big win over Evesham who only had 7 men. Hagley's Andy Shaw made 143 not out and Ben Wooldridge 95 as they piled up the runs at 8.44 per over.

However, despite not having enough batsmen, Evesham certainly went out all guns blazing with 254 in 35 overs or 7.3 runs per over with 123 coming from the bat of Khizar Khan to add to the ton he took off the Nomads attack last week.

Nomads are 5th, 3 behind Hagley and 4 ahead of Pedmore who are 8 in front of Rushwick who recorded their 4th win in a 10 wickets success at home to Belbroughton with Ian Turner cracking 90 and Matt Davies 66.

In other games, Redditch beat Bewdley and Cookley drew with Droitwich.

Division Two

Enville stayed top despite losing to Harborne as Alvechurch had a losing draw at Pershore.

Basement boys Coombs Wood lost at Netherton despite Raheed Javid taking 8-58 and their hosts are in 3rd place joint with Worcester who cruised to victory over Dominies.

Oldswinford beat Bromyard and Feckenham lost by 3 at Lye in additional overs which is exactly half the margin that their 1sts lost by at home to Lye.

Division Three

Leaders Bredon lost by a large margin at Harvington and have been joined at the top by Burghill who beat Claverley.

Avoncroft thrashed Malvern and are 3rd, while Bartestree's Matt Aubrey followed his century last week with a double taking 202 off the nine men of Alveley and so wrote himself into his club's record books.

In the other game Chaddesley beat Himley and are 5th.

Division Four

Saturday saw another win for Martley over Five Ways but only by 42 runs and they are 15 points in front of Bromsgrove who annihilated nine Old Vigornians.

Kidderminster stand 3rd thanks to a ten wicket win at Himbleton, and Halesowen had their match at home to Cleobury conceded as did Old Hill who had a walk over Tenbury.

Division Five

Stourport drew with Astwood Bank to stay 2 ahead of Barnards Green who closed the gap by winning at home to 3rd placed Stourbridge. Next week these two meet at the half way point of the season.

In other games, Barnt Green won their first match beating Old Elizabethans, sending Hallow, who lost to Kempsey, to the foot of the table and Hanley Castle drew with West Malvern.

Division Six

Birlingham beat Canon Frome by 5 runs and now trail the leaders who like them have lost one match by 2 points.

Ombersley are third, three points back after they beat Harborne. Cutnall Green's Neil Evans struck 116 not out to cement his side's victory over Droitwich and fourth place.

Elsewhere, Highley beat Netherton and Rushwick overcame Stone to climb off the foot of the table.

Division Seven

Worcester now lead the Nomads by 2 points after they beat Belbroughton thanks to Josh Faulkner taking 5-6 in 16 eventful balls.

Nomads were unable to take the final Hagley wicket after Jon Ingles had made 135 for them and Enville are in 3rd place following a big win over Redditch.

Elsewhere, Pershore beat bottom side Coombs Wood and Malvern's Mike Berry's 15 was not enough to stop his side losing to Pedmore

Division Eight

Leaders Colwall beat Bewdley to go 17 clear at the top and like their 1sts and 2nds they are approaching the half way stage peering down on all the rest of the sides in their Division.

Evesham are 3rd after they beat Kidderminster, Bromyard lost to Cookley thanks to Phil Dixon's 83 for the home side, and Dominies stay rooted to the bottom despite recording their first win over Harborne but thanks mainly to Dan Scotson's 6-30.

Division Nine

The ninth tier now has just one leader as Redditch thrashed Feckenham and Fiveways beat Harvington, with Bredon slipping from the top to 6th place after they were forced to concede their match.

Enville also won a match conceded to them and are third so that 24 points covers the top six places in the division.

The Knock Out Cups have advanced with the 1st XI final at Kidderminster on Monday 30th June between Worcester Nomads and Coombs Wood.

The 2nd XI final will take place a week later will be between Nomads and the winners of the North final between Belbroughton and Hagley, which is being played this week.

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