23rd Jul, 2017

Welcome victory for Alvechurch & Hopwood

Liam Moakes 13th Jul, 2017 Updated: 13th Jul, 2017

 

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.

COOKHILL sit third in Worcestershire League Division Six after a five-wicket defeat at Harvington.

The loss leaves Cookhill 27 points behind leaders Cutnall Green heading into Saturday’s visit of Ombersley.

The visitors won the toss and chose to bat and the highlight of their innings was a sparkling 46-ball 70 from Kenny Hirst who struck ten fours and four sixes.

Richard Biddle made an aggressive 36 and Luke Eversham finished unbeaten on 33 in a total of 226-8 off 45 overs.

Cookhill then dismissed the hosts’ top three for a combined nine runs to leave the visitors in command.

However, despite 3-51 for Neil Shuttleworth, Cookhill ended well beaten due to the heroics of Marcus Humpston who made a brilliant 161 off just 126 balls.

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.