ASTWOOD BANK will play cricket at the highest level in their 174-year history next season after clinching runners-up spot in Birmingham League Division Three.
Despite the disappointment of a final day 64-run defeat at Stourbridge which denied Bank the title, Steve Adshead’s side were able to celebrate a fine campaign in which they won 13 league games and reached the semi-finals of the Natiional Village Cup.
Long-time leaders Streetly leapfrogged Bank on the final day with a 127-run home victory over Sentinel to clinch the title, but Bank will join them in Division Two in 2018.
Bank sealed the two points required to secure a top two finish as they restricted Stourbridge to 188-6 off their 50 overs having put the hosts into bat.
Tom Harris and Jake Price both picked up two wickets for Bank, who could only muster 124 all out in reply despite 40 at the top of the order from Ryan Blakemore and 35 in the middle order from Pete Alexander.
BANK 2nds suffered relegation from Premier Two after their final match of the season at home to third placed Kenilworth Wardens was washed out without a ball bowled.
Collecting just five points for the abandonment, the Bankers finished second bottom – ten points behind third bottom Brockhampton – who escaped the drop thanks to the 20 points picked up from their 101-run home victory over already relegated Halesowen.
Read next week’s Standard for reaction to Bank’s promotion.