19th Dec, 2018

Encouraging day for local sides

Liam Moakes 20th Jul, 2017

FECKENHAM maintained their outside chance of pushing for the Worcestershire League Division One title with a convincing 102-run home win over Droitwich.

The hosts were put into bat but the visitors were soon regretting their decision as opener William Davies made hay.

The wicketkeeper made a brilliant 137 including 11 fours and one six and received good support from Daniel Bloomer (34) and Josh Stacey (37) as the Millers amassed 267-8 from their 50 overs.

The total proved more than sufficient as Matt Henning (3-60) ripped through the top order before Stacey (3-32) continued his good day to ease the hosts to victory as Droitwich were dismissed for 165 in the 33rd over.

Sixth placed Feckenham, 48 points behind leaders Worcester with nine matches remaining, host the table-toppers in a key game on Saturday.

ALVECHURCH & HOPWOOD moved into fifth place in Worcestershire League Division Three as they leapfrogged visitors Avoncroft with a thrilling eight-run victory in a high-scoring encounter.

The hosts were put into bat and amassed a daunting 311-8, inspired by 112 from Edd Rodgers, 53 from Sohail Malik and 49 from Curtis Beach.

However, despite two early wickets for Dan Wolstencroft, any thoughts of an Alvechurch cruise to victory were dashed as Will Sach (85) and Craig Hughes (133) starred.

Wolstencroft accounted for the latter though on his way to a highly impressive 4-35 off ten overs before Devavrat Desai (5-44 off ten) finished the job.

The final touch to victory could not have arrived any later though, as Desai bowled James Downing with the final ball of the match, dismissing Avoncroft for 303.

Alvechurch visit third placed Bartestree & Lugwardine on Saturday.

STUDLEY showed plenty of fight in securing a draw against Warwickshire League Premier Division high-flyers Bedworth.

The Washford Fields side went into the match with just one league win to their name but battled hard against the visitors, who are now joint top with Solihull Municipal.

The north Warwickshire side recovered from 91-4 to amass 252-7 off their 50 overs as Abdul Hafeez (61) and Ross Parnell (57) made half centuries.

Stuart Harris and Jack Williams both took two wickets for the hosts.

Studley’s hopes of victory were dashed as they slipped to 101-6 in reply, but Dale Edwards (67no) and Chris Moss (43no) were in fine form as they struck 20 boundaries between them in an unbroken partnership of 110.

The pair were left with insufficient time to push for victory after steadying the ship, but their efforts in guiding Studley to 211-6 will give the side renewed confidence for the remainder of the campaign.

Despite the draw, Studley remain bottom ahead of Saturday’s visit to fourth placed Rugby.

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