Pershore back on top of the race for title

10:00am Monday 30th June 2014

PERSHORE returned to the top of Worcestershire Cricket League Division One on a rain-hit weekend.

They gained an 11-point winning draw after grinding down Bromyard and ending up one run short off three fewer overs.

Bromyard recovered from 68-5 to post 174-6 thanks to John Parker (41), in his first XI league return after two seasons, through a seventh-wicket stand with Tom Baylis.

Pershore were rocking at 145-8 but Lee Wilks (48 not out) steered them to 173-8 to go three points in front of second-placed Worcester.

Worcester were rained off after eight overs of the second innings and Colwall did not start at Redditch, slipping to third as a result but only two points adrift of Worcester.

Colwall have matches at home to Pershore and then Worcester in the next two weeks.

Pedmore are within a win of the top as Dan Jones’ 94no helped them to beat 10-man Droitwich.

Worcester Nomads and Hagley battled the elements for most of the day but came off second-best in the end.

Harvington survived the weather to defeat Evesham off the last ball for a first victory of the season and climb off the foot of the table.

Division Two’s new leaders are Burghill and Tillington after winning at Wormelow and they are one point in front of Bewdley, who had a rained-off match at Rushwick.

Third-placed Oldswinford and Stourbridge Social secured a winning draw over Coombs Wood and are three points in front of Worcester Dominies, who continued their improvement with a decisive win at home to Lye.

The Black Country side made just 65 thanks to 8-34 taken by Steve Miles.

Division Three leaders Harborne thirds picked up just six points and second-placed Stourport are two behind.

Netherton notched a maximum haul with 96 scored by Troy Lee in their 80-run success over Bredon.

Ross-on-Wye had a winning draw at home to Avoncroft in mid-table and the other two matches failed to start.

On Saturday, Stourport visit Alveley and Netherton travel to Cleobury Mortimer, both sides in the bottom three, while Harborne tackle fourth-placed Chaddesley Corbett.

Bartestree and Lugwardine opened up a 27-point lead over Halesowen thirds in Division Four after winning at home to Martley.

Halesowen’s jump to second was achieved with a victory at Romsley and Hunnington.

Third-placed Claverley slipped up at home to Bromsgrove thirds as Matt Banham took 5-28, while Himbleton’s home match did not start due to the rain.

Old Hill thirds beat bottom side Oldswinford and Stourbridge Social thirds after Reece Shilvock’s 180 and Iftikar Ali’s 111no took their total to 391-3 in 50 overs.

They bowled out the visitors for 85 in 21 overs to win by 306 runs.

Division Five top team Kempsey won comfortably at Hanley Castle and Upton.

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