STUDLEY kept their Warwickshire League Division One promotion challenge on track as they secured a second successive victory with a 104-run win over visitors Solihull Blossomfield on Saturday.
The hosts made a healthy 265-3 from 46 overs as in-form duo Brandon Miller (71) and Jack Williams (92no) again impressed after openers Steve Rose (38) and Chris Perrins (20) had given their side a solid start. Charlie Bass also chipped in with an unbeaten 27.
In reply the visitors never threatened to overhaul Studley’s score as all the bowlers chipped in with wickets, led by Andy Rhodes (2-19), Owain Erskine (2-21) and Miller (2-29).
Blossomfield were skittled for 161 and third placed Studley can now look forward to Saturday’s visit to Bronze as they bid to make progress on top two Knowle Village and Highway, who they trail by 19 and five points respectively.
ALVECHURCH & HOPWOOD saw their Worcestershire League Division Three promotion challenge suffer a setback as they slipped to a heavy 149-run defeat at Avoncroft.
There was a five-wicket haul for Ivan Burgess who ran through the hosts’ middle and lower order on his way to 5-42 off 9.5 overs, but Avoncroft were able to post a total of 267 all out off 49.5 overs which proved more than enough to set them up for victory.
A devastating burst from opening bowler David James (5-23 off ten overs) left Alvechurch’s reply in tatters as they could only muster 118, of which only Keith Rostill (24) and John Pinsent (27) made contributions above 20.
Alvechurch are now third, but trail top two Himbleton and Chaddesley Corbett by just three points and one point respectively as they prepare to host Alveley on Saturday.
FECKENHAM remain firmly entrenched in mid-table in Worcestershire League Division Two following a 26-run defeat at home to Coombs Wood which severely dented their hopes of a late charge for promotion.
Victory could have lifted Feckenham into the top four but they are now 54 points adrift of the top two and completely clear of any danger of the drop as they head into Saturday’s visit to bottom side Malvern.
Tom Coulson took four wickets for Feckenham but they came at a cost of close to seven runs per over as the visitors posted 275 all out, one ball shy of completing their 50 overs.
Opener Mike Langford was the mainstay of the Coombs Wood innings with 76, whilst there were two wickets apiece for Neil Evans and Samuel Cox.
Feckenham produced a valiant chase of their target and, at 197-5, they were still in contention after a fine 69 from William Davies.
Cox (34) and Matt Henning (37) also made solid contributions and Matthew Grubb was unbeaten on 24 when Feckenham were dismissed for 249 off 49.1 overs.