ASTWOOD BANK bounced back from the disappointment of seeing their Worcestershire League Premier Division title hopes dented by progressing into the last 16 of the National Village Cup.
The Bankers held their nerve to reach their target of 199 with more than two of the 40 overs to spare against Colwall in their round five tie on Sunday.
The visitors’ top order all made solid contributions including a top score of 62 from Fergus Cameron, but they never truly got away from a Bank side who bowled economically, most of all Mike Desmond with 1-16 off five overs.
Michael Gooch (4-30) then removed Rob West with the second ball of Bank’s reply and at 31-2 the visitors were marginal favourites, but Liam Smith carried his bat with an unbeaten 74 and together with Desmond (41no) made an unbroken 89 for the fifth wicket to ease their side to a six-wicket success.
Bank’s reward is a home tie against last season’s semi-finalists Fillongley, of north Warwickshire, on Sunday, July 7 as thoughts of another Lord’s visit grow larger.
Twenty-four hours earlier, Bank suffered a thumping 145-run defeat against title rivals Stourbridge, who sit top of the pile at the halfway stage.
The Sambourne Lane side are fourth – 22 points behind the leaders – heading into Saturday’s home game against Worcester after a disappointing away defeat.
Stourbridge made 269-5 off their 50 overs, inspired by a superb unbeaten run-a-ball 119 from Marvarick Perry.
The visitors were never in the hunt in reply and only Tom Underhill’s breezy 40 provided resistance in a score of 124 all out.