Summary of results
Saturday, July 5
Some damp tracks after the week's showers meant that most sides winning the toss chose to bowl as batting was not easy in the top divisions.
And then there were two? Pershore held off Colwall to win by 49 runs and maintained a three point advantage over Worcester who won at bottom side Bromyard who are still without a win.
Those are the headlines as Colwall's recent form slipped at home and they are now 24 points behind Worcester at the halfway mark of the season. Fourth placed Pedmore, were unable to make any headway as they were rained off for a fourth time this season, at Evesham and Hagley beat a spirited Harvington by 29 runs to climb to 5th, overtaking Nomads who have not won since May and who lost heavily at Belbroughton, who now sit just one point below them.
In eighth place, come Redditch who managed a second victory at the expense of Droitwich and Redditch's score of 208 was the highest in the Division. The second half begins next week with Pershore visiting Droitwich and Worcester needing to win at Colwall to maintain their challenge.
Burghill stay top, 1 point in front of Bewdley, after they beat Worcester Dominees, who stay fourth, by 1 wicket and Bewdley beat Wormelow, thanks to 102 not out scored by Simon Mauger.
These two are 18 points clear of Oldswinford who won at fifth placed Enville and Lye are sixth following a win at home to early leaders Cookley. Coombs Wood trashed Rushwick by 145 runs after they amassed 302-5 declared in 48 overs thanks to Mathew Colwell's 119 not out and 6-84 from Oliver Moseley.
The final match saw a second win for Feckenham, who pulled away of the bottom two by beating Malvern who are now just 4 points ahead of local rivals Rushwick. Next week, the start of the second half sees Bewdley hosting Burghill so something has to give in their quests for the Division Two title.
Leaders Harborne and second placed Stourport returned to winning ways with victories at Chaddesley, despite Mo Saddiq's 6-30, and at Alveley, thanks to Craig Siwicki's 6-60, respectively.
Bredon have jumped up to third after a win at home over Ross in which Martin Hill made 104 for the home side and Seb Warwick 108 for the visitors. Last week's movers, Netherton came down to earth losing at Cleobury and surrendered third place; Avoncroft in sixth lost at home to Old Vigornians and Alvechurch beat bottom side Tenbury thanks to 105 not out by Nick Jones and 6 wickets from John Pinsent.
So Tenbury with 39 and Alveley on 49, are propping up the rest, and next week Tenbury must travel to Harborne with Stourport visiting Avoncroft.
Bartestree's lead was cut as they lost at Kidderminster as the home side's James Kinder scored 113 and took 4-46 to lift his side to fourth place. However, Himbleton have climbed to second, 14 points adrift of the leaders, with a win at Halesowen, thanks also to an all-round effort from Jon Critchlow who made 87 and took 4-35.
Claverley come next, following a win at Martley, and Bromsgrove are now fifth after their winning draw at home to Old Hill.
In the final matches, Oldswinford climbed off the foot of the table, beating Romsley by 74 runs, with Matt Watts notching 71 and taking 6-71, and this despite Romsley's new skipper Jon Stanaway scoring 103, and Himley recorded their first victory beating Five Ways OEs. Romsley with 54 points now trail Himley on 68, Oldswinford 69 and Martley 84.
These sides may find it hard to prosper as the second half opens as Romsley must go to Himbleton and Himley receive Bartestree.
Kempsey kept up their 100% record with a crushing win over West Malvern and Barnards Green's new boy James Beswick made 97 as his side beat Astwood Bank to stand 20 points behind Kempsey and 28 ahead of third placed Hanley, who themselves had a win over Old Elizabethans.
Stourport are fourth following a resounding win at Barnt Green, which included Mark Gleeson's 91 and Stourbridge won a tight low scoring match at bottom side Hallow to jump three places to sixth.
Colwall lost for the first time this season to Redditch who thereby improved to fourth place. Nomads returned to second, getting the better of a winning draw at Hagley, and apart from Evesham's concession to Cookley, the other games were all rained off.
Enville stayed top despite being rained off and Alvechurch in second suffered the same fate, with joint third placed Netherton and Worcester their opponents respectively.
Three clubs in the bottom half, Bromyard, Lye and Coombs Wood improved and closed the gap on the top five with wins over Pershore, Dominies and Oldswinford respectively.
Leaders Bredon and Burghill both settled for draws, with Bredon scoring one more point to edge clear thanks to Steve Buffin's monster knock of 151 from his side's 307. However, the Burghill boys had even more fun with Den Smith's 176 not out as they totalled 355-4 and then held off Wormelow on 273-8 which included a century by Tom Cutler.
Avoncroft in third beat Bartestree and closed the gap on the leaders and Harvington won again to climb to fourth, this time at Himley. The other games were off.
Another win for leaders Martley over Ross on Wye by 3 wickets and Bromsgrove in second place could only manage a winning draw and are 25 behind.
Halesowen beat Tenbury thanks to Chris Woodhouse scoring 97 and Zeeshan Ahmed's 7-44 was instrumental in Oldswinford beating Old Hill. Other games were off.