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Barnards Green have day to forget + county round-up

Craig Gibbons 1st Aug, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

BARNARDS GREEN had a day to forget as they suffered a four-wicket defeat to Bridgnorth in the Birmingham League Premier Division.

Green won the toss and elected to bat but the North End Lane outfit lost wickets at regular intervals before being skittled out for 120 in the 37th over.

Captain Phil Harris (33) top scored for a Green side who have not won in the league since the start of July.

In response, Bridgnorth started strongly as James Ralph (39) and David Exall (16) guided the score to 62-2.

After Andrew Mooney (9), Daniel Vernon (12), Matthew Martin (3) and Thomas Weaver (4) fell quickly to Andy Ford (4-21), an unbeaten 32 from Mark Macpherson-Lees pushed Bridgnorth to 121-6 in the 31st over to claim all 24 points.

Green will look to put an end to their recent poor run of form when they travel to Moseley on Saturday.

COLWALL’S hopes of securing promotion from Worcestershire County League Division One took a major dent after losing by three-wickets at third placed Stourport-on-Severn.

The home side won the toss and elected to field, limiting Colwall to 209-8 from 50 overs with the help of four wickets from Matthew Delo who conceded 42 runs in his ten overs.

Tom Coleman (47) top scored for the visitors who fell one over short of clinching a much-needed victory to maintain their promotion hunt.

Ethan Lockwood’s 67 and an unbeaten 41 from Andrew Siwicki guided Stourport to 213-6 after 49 overs despite the best efforts of Wehan Joubert who took figures of 3-24.

KEMPSEY slipped up in their hunt for promotion from Division Three after succumbing to a 41-run defeat to Avoncroft.

Avoncroft were put into bat after losing the toss and were bowled out for 200 as Adam Hunaban (4-30) and Steve Winstanley (3-36) did the damage with the ball.

Sam Hughes top scored with (43) while David James (35), Ben Warwick (34) and Daniel Elliott (26) also notched up the runs.

Kempsey’s response was far from glorious as they were sent packing in the 34th over after reaching a meager 159.

Samuel O’Neill (49), Benjamin Ware (44) and Zakary O’Neill (21) were the only Kempsey players to reach double figures.

Kempsey will hope to return to winning ways on Saturday when they entertain third-from-bottom Barnards Green Thirds.

MALVERN are looking ever closer to relegation from Division Three after their harrowing eight-wicket defeat to Old Vigornians.

Winning the toss and opting to bat, Malvern posted 218-8 thanks to an impressive 93 from Lewis Hill.

Rob Perrins (34) and Tom Hale (25) also added to the tally but Vigornians secured victory in style after 43 overs.

An unbeaten 109 from Vigornians skipper Osman Fiaz, backed up by Chris Drew (41) and Andrew Bell (27 no) guided the home side to 221-2.

Malvern face a must-win clash this Saturday as they welcome fourth-from-bottom Rushwick to the Ramblers Ground.

HANLEY CASTLE & UPTON boosted their hopes of survival with a confidence-boosting three-wicket victory over Kidderminster in Division Four.

The former sit just three points adrift of safety as they successfully chased down Kidderminster’s score of 215-9 with just one over to spare.

Sam Gall (86) top scored for the visitors while Simon Clarke (32), Harry Dickens (24) and Harry Carter (28 no) added batches of runs.

Barton Mathews starred with the ball, taking 5-34 before knocking 83 runs to set the home side on their way to 216-7.

Rory Mathews (60) also added a sizable contribution for a Hanley side who have nine games left to secure their Division Four status.

Hanley will be looking ahead to this weekend as they welcome basement club Oldswinford & Stourbridge Social to The Glebe.

WEST MALVERN moved into the Division Five promotion places with a comprehensive 70-run victory over Stourbridge Thirds.

After winning the toss and opting to bat, West Malvern posted a very respectable 258-8 thanks to a composed 88 from Philip Chaundy who was backed up by skipper Steve Wright (43), Will Lloyd (44) and Matt Penkoks (37).

In their response, Stourbridge were left wanting with the bat as they were bowled out for 188 in the 47th over despite the best efforts of Sanesh Patel (49) and Aqib Rehman (36).

Rowan Dakin (3-30) and Chaundy (2-20) got the pick of the wickets for West Malvern.

West Malvern face a crunch clash against third placed and fellow promotion hopefuls Hallow on Saturday.

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