KEMPSEY'S Sam O’Neill suffered a fractured skull in a freak incident in their 111-run defeat against Avoncroft in Worcestershire League Division Three.

The highly-rated all-rounder was taken to hospital after being stuck on the head while trying to stop a fierce drive.

The injury upset Kempsey who were soundly beaten.

Himbleton's Alistair Pretty hit an unbeaten 102 in an eight-wicket win over Martley, while Malvern beat Astwood Bank.

Rushwick found Himley's bowling to their liking as they racked up 358-7 with John Ingles making 102 and Phil Hamilton, 97, as their team won by 121 runs.

Title-chasing Worcester suffered their second successive defeat, going down by 57 runs to Stourport in Division One.

Ryan Derrick's 87 guided Stourport to 248-7 and then Craig Siwicki (4-22) helped dismiss Worcester for 191.

Improving Colwall won for the third match in a row, crushing Feckenham by 130 runs.

Ben Wheeler (67) top scored in Colwall's 270 all out and then Ancil Nedd grabbed 5-20 to shoot out Feckenham for 140.

Droitwich are the only winless side in the division after a 153-run loss against Eastnor who made 249.