ASTWOOD BANK remain rooted to the bottom of the Birmingham League Division Two table following a 117-run defeat at leaders Penkridge.
Penkridge posted a commanding 305-9 off their 55 overs despite three wickets apiece from Jake Price and Tom Harris and in reply, despite the lower order’s best efforts to salvage a draw including 36 from Harris, Bank were dismissed for 188 in the 53rd over.
On the positive side for Bank, who host mid-table Wombourne on Saturday, Connor Adams and Dan Brookes both impressed on their debuts.
Bank’s first team were also left disappointed on Sunday when their dreams of reaching Lord’s again were ended by defeat to Hagley in the National Village Cup Worcestershire Group final.
Opener Tom Pedley and Sam Thomas both struck 40 for the hosts at the Bank Bowl in a total of 181-9 off 40 overs but Hagley had little difficulty in their target off 38.1 overs.
Mikey Desmond was the star man for the 2nds in their win over Penkridge. He took 4-53 with the ball and followed it up with an unbeaten 57 in the run chase. Rob West also made 63.
The 3rds continued their strong start to the season with a four-wicket win over Hallow Taverners. The key to success was the bowling effort as a disciplined display by the Bank reduced the hosts to 96 all out, with Jamie Harland the pick of the bowlers with 4-18.
Another disciplined bowling performance, this time by the 4ths, reduced Eastnor to 77 all out. Mark Richardson did the damage by taking 4-16 and Bank then reached their target with six wickets in hand.
The 5ths fell short against Lapworth who reached 100 without loss before an excellent comeback from the Bank saw Lapworth bowled out for 166. In reply though, Bank were 60 runs short of the target.