23rd Jul, 2017

Inspired Millers sink leaders Cookley

Liam Moakes 12th Jul, 2017 Updated: 12th Jul, 2017

FECKENHAM claimed the result of the day in Worcestershire League Division One as they defeated leaders Cookley by four runs in a thrilling contest.

The Millers won the toss and chose to bat and it proved a good decision as Daniel Bloomer (69), Flynn Duggan (64) and Josh Stacey (49no) all impressed in a total of 258-8.

The talented Jaimen Rudd took 5-73 for the hosts and then made 90 with the bat but, despite 43 from captain Paul Thomas, the hosts fell short on 254-9.

In-form Travis Bartels took 3-45 for Feckenham and Neil Evans impressed with 2-42, whilst Tom Coulson’s 1-28 off ten overs proved crucial.

Sixth placed Feckenham, who are 48 points off top spot, host Droitwich on Saturday.

ALVECHURCH & Hopwood sit sixth in Worcestershire League Division Three after a 32-run victory at Astwood Bank 3rds.

The visitors won the toss and elected to bat but were dismissed for 148 as Keith Rostill top scored with 32.

However, their meagre total proved enough to secure a relatively comfortable win as key bowler Christian Battelley blew away the Bank top order on his way to 5-26 off ten overs.

Charanjit Singh took 2-29 before Edd Rodgers claimed 2-0 off 2.3 overs to wrap up proceedings.

Alvechurch host fellow mid-table side Avoncroft on Saturday.

STUDLEY slumped to the foot of the Warwickshire League Premier Division after losing by 23 runs at fellow strugglers Highway Spartans.

The Coventry side’s first win of the campaign leaves Studley 35 points adrift of third bottom Coleshill and eight behind Highway.

It could all have been so different as Studley reduced their hosts to 79-6, but a hard-hitting 84 from Tom Yardley turned the match on its head despite 5-40 from Stuart Harris as the hosts made 205.

Studley slid to 53-4 in reply but a stand of 66 between Jack Williams (50) and Dale Edwards (73) gave the visitors hope.

However, once they were dismissed the innings never regained momentum and Studley were bowled out for 182 in 56 overs.

Studley host second placed Bedworth on Saturday.