Summary of results
Saturday 30th August
ALMOST at the end for several clubs and no concessions! Trophies were presented to the Division One 1st XI champions Worcester, plus Division Two champions Burghill and Tillington, as well as Kempsey from Division Five.
In addition, Burghill & Tillington's 2nd XI have won the Division Three 2nd XI title, Barnards Green 4ths have sewn up Division Five 2nd XI, as have Canon Frome in Division Six and Worcester Nomads in Division Seven.
Congratulations to all, more next week?
Worcester confirmed their championship at home to Worcester Nomads by gaining the 4 points they needed to be certain winners with two rounds of matches remaining. Nomads' Sam Roberts spoilt the party a little as he carried his bat for 101 in Nomads' innings which proved too many as Worcester lost for the first time since April; over four months!
For the home side, Russell Pitchers and Mo Adeel again proved to be very sound signings as they move on to join Astwood Bank who confirmed their own participation in the Birmingham League Division Three next season with a win in Shropshire.
Second paced Pershore also suffered a rare defeat but only after a fantastic match at home to mid-table Belbroughton. The visitors made 280-7 in their overs and Pershore ended up losing their 10th wicket at 255 with just under 3 overs left. For Pershore, Ullrich Boshoff scored 90. So Worcester are 54 points ahead of Pershore with two matches left and Worcester Nomads are 19 points behind Pershore in 3rd place. Elsewhere, Hagley climbed to fourth with a comfortable win over bottom placed Evesham and have overtaken Colwall who lost at Pedmore.
However, as expected, the bottom places are still proving difficult to decide with Redditch looking safer on 154 points, joint 8th with Droitwich, after they beat Bromyard. Harvington jumped a place by thrashing Droitwich.
So from the bottom up come Evesham on 118 with Harvington and Pedmore to play; Bromyard have 132 points but have to play the top two, Pershore and Worcester. Harvington on 138 will play Hagley after Evesham. If results go against Redditch and Droitwich next week and they themselves both lose, one of them will be saved as they play on the last day of the season the week after.
with Burghill crowned Champions and with no cricket last Monday, they romped home against relegated Rushwick by 242 runs on Saturday.
However, behind them a three way fight is on for the expected other two places after Oldswinford beat Bewdley, and Dominies won a very high scoring affair at mid-table Wormelow. For Wormelow, Jamie Banfield made 131 not out and Steve Mikes replied with 87 for Dominies who got home with three balls remaining.
The table now reads Burghill 345, Bewdley 269, Dominies 261 and Oldswinford 253 and the promotion places could well await the final matches on 13th September when Dominies entertain Burghill and Bewdley travel to Wormelow.
Elsewhere, Malvern's swift return to Division Three with Rushwick was confirmed with defeat at home to Coombs Wood whileLye beat Feckenham to leapfrog Wormelow.
Enville secured their place for next season, winning at Cookley.
Leaders Harborne lost at home to third placed Bredon to open up the race for that division's title as they now head Stourport, winners at home to Tenbury by just 10 points.
Bredon are 17 points back in third and could yet challenge in their debut WCL season. They are 31 ahead of Netherton who beat Avoncroft.
Ross beat Alveley to almost certainly condemn them to relegation along with Tenbury, and Alvechurch's win at Old Vigornians as well as Chaddesley's over Cleobury have virtually confirmed their respective survivals.
Harborne visit Cleobury next week and Stourport travel to Alvechurch, but Bredon's win at Harborne makes it look as if the title will need to go to the final week.
Bartestree and Lugwardine won at home to Bromsgrove and still lead the table by 37 points from Himbleton who beat Kidderminster.
Next come Claverley after a win against Oldswinford ,and they are 6 adrift of Himbleton.
Kidderminster stay fourth, too far from promotion this year, and Five Ways, in their first year in the league, look secure in fifth following a win over Martley.
Romsley put up a stout show of resistance to win at Old Hill yet were still relegated as Himley won at Halesowen.
Leaders Kempsey beat Hanley Castle convincingly to claim the title after a season with just one defeat. They only did it with 3 points to spare ahead of Barnards Green who were the only team to beat them, and who yesterday romped home in double quick time away at Stourport 3rds. However, it is worth noting that Stourport managed to field all four sides despite having no fewer than 30 players unavailable.
In the other games on the final day of the season, Astwood Bank beat West Malvern with a hat trick from Paul Davis in his 5-22, Hallow won their first match of the season in a basement battle with OEs at Droitwich, and Stourbridge beat Barnt Green.