A BUSY weekend lies in wait at Astwood Bank CC both on and off the field as the Sambourne Lane side go in search of league and cup success.
Bank are second in the Worcestershire League Premier Division – five points behind leaders Redditch – after a crushing nine-wicket win at Feckenham last time out.
A sixth win of the league season was set up by a top bowling display in which Dan Thomas took 4-13 off ten miserly overs, Jake Price 3-29 and Josh Baker 2-14 as only Flynn Duggan’s unbeaten 22 provided any resistance in a Millers score of 62 all out inside 28 overs.
Bank then eased to victory in just 12 overs as Tom Pedley made 29 and Rob West an unbeaten 23.
Pete Alexander’s side are now sitting pretty ahead of an exciting weekend of action which begins with the visit of fourth-placed Old Elizabethans on Saturday before another home fixture against Hagley in the National Village Cup Worcestershire final on Sunday. Both matches start at 1pm.
At both games, spectators will be able to enjoy the Bank Beer Festival will began on Thursday and ends on Sunday.
Twenty-plus beers sourced from a range of breweries, many of which are local, will be available and there will be entertainment throughout the weekend including music.
STUDLEY produced a brilliant run chase to win by seven wickets at Marston Green in Warwickshire League Division Two.
Captain Jack Williams was the star of the show with a superb unbeaten 173 off just 130 balls including 27 fours as the visitors reached a target of 323 inside 43 overs.
Charlie Bass made a fine 85 off 77 balls as Studley bagged their second win of the campaign in fine style and they will host Dunlop Stars on Saturday buoyed by this result.
Earlier, Andy Rhodes took 3-50 off nine overs and Khalil Ahmed 3-50 off ten but their efforts could not prevent the home side from posting a daunting 322-9 off their 50 overs, inspired by Zaheer Suliman’s 117.