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Bretforton win bragging rights
9:00am Thursday 28th June 2012 in Cricket
BRETFORTON defeated Elmley Castle by 53 runs to win the area final of the National Village Cup.
Having posted 164-4 from 40 overs, Bretforton dismissed their visitors for just 113 and will now face Derbyshire group winners Rolleston at the Recreation Ground on Sunday in the first national round.
Elmley made a good start with the ball as James Cawson (2-23), Simon Corbett and Simon Cooper reduced Bretforton to 36-4 after 19 overs.
However, a partnership of 85 in 14 overs between Phil Davis (34 from 46 balls) and Adie Witts (52 from 71 balls) turned the game Bretforton’s way.
That was followed by a run-aball 22 not out from Joe Cafaero to give the hosts a competitve total of 164-6.
In reply, the visitors began solidly with the bat and soon reached 56 without loss in the 17th over before three quick wickets fell.
A superb throw from the boundary by Jack Dell ran out Pete Cross, Cafaero bowled Cooper for a duck and left-arm spinner Alex Evans caught and bowled Corbett for 56.
Elmley never recovered and collapsed to 113 all out in the 37th over, with Evans finishing on 4-21 and Steve Edghill clean bowling the tail to close with 3-9 from four overs.
Broadway returned to winning ways as they defeated Stratford Bards by 13 runs in a low-scoring Cotswold Hills League Premier Division contest.
Batting first, Broadway opener Nigel Evans (12) and Marcus Humpston (7) both perished as the visitors were soon reduced to 27-2.
Mark Evans (7), Jamie Powell (19) and Gary Evans (15) followed quickly to leave Broadway reeling at 66-5.
Despite some stubborn resistance from the lower order, the visitors were teetering at 94-9 before Adam Smallman (14) and Nick Stewart (11) got their side to 132 all out, aided by 21 extras.
The Bards, however, found themselves 3-2 after six overs of their reply as both openers fell to Powell.
Fred Cross and Tim Smart got into their stride before the latter went for 23, clean bowled by Powell (3-32).
From 62-5, Paul Hutchison (23) and Russell Yates (20) built the highest partnership of the match before both were dismissed by Andy Beale (2-19).
With 13 runs required and two wickets remaining, James Cutler stepped up to finish the job with 2-18.
Broadway seconds beat Earlswood thirds by eight wickets in Division Five.