COLWALL surrendered top spot in Worcestershire County League Division One following their frustrating 60-run defeat to mid-table Bewdley.
Off the back of an important win over title rivals Worcester Nomads, Colwall bowled first after losing the toss and quickly dismissed Bewdley’s opening batsmen Paul Beard (3) and Adam Groves (23).
However, Simon Mauger frustrated the promotion hopefuls with an impressive 104 from 134 balls, including 13 fours and one six, and was backed up by a strong 62 from Charlie Eastoe.
Romb Combes’ unbeaten 39 off 17 balls pushed Bewdley to a score of 260-5 from their 50 overs.
Despite Ben Butler’s 91, Colwall slumped to a surprise defeat as they were bowled out for 200 in the 45th over.
Andy Platt (2-59), Jack Mills (2-12), Mauger (2-44) and Robert Crane (2-28) were among the wickets for Bewdley.
Colwall will hope to put their promotion hunt back on track on Saturday when they travel to basement club Oldswinford & Stourbridge Social.
MALVERN narrowly missed out on an important victory to boost their survival hopes in Division Three as they lost by five wickets to Netherton at The Ramblers Ground.
The hosts won the toss and elected to bat and, with opening batsman Anthony Arnold (69) and Tom Hale (72 no) posting some valuable runs, Malvern reached 261-7 from 50 overs.
Netherton opener Russell Oseland hit 43 and a strong partnership between Troy Lee (73) and Paul Harris (73) pushed the score beyond 200.
The visitors’ victory was confirmed as Mark Buttery (28 no) and Conor Warby (21 no) guided them to 266-5 with just four balls to spare.
KEMPSEY made it five wins on the bounce in Division Three as they claimed an eight-wicket victory over Ross-on-Wye to move to within nine points of the promotion places.
Ross-on-Wye won the toss and elected to field but struggled with the bat as they were skittled out for just 150 in the 49th over with Jack Evans top scoring with a half century off 114 balls.
Zakary O’Neill did the damage with the ball for Kemspey, taking five wickets for 31 runs from his nine overs.
Despite a slow start from Kempsey in their run chase, they recovered from 24-2 with the help of O’Neill (80 no) and namesake Samuel (37 no) to reach 151-2 in the 25th over.
HANLEY CASTLE & UPTON remain in the relegation zone of Division Four as they slumped to a harrowing nine-wicket defeat to league leaders Five Ways Old Edwardians.
Old Edwardians won the toss and elected to field, bowling Hanley Castle out for 171 in the 44th over with Rory Mathews (67) top scoring.
Jon Bassett (3-49) and Zafron Ahmed (3-20) got a share of the wickets for Old Edwardians who took all of 38 overs to post a score of 172-1.
Ahmed (27) was dismissed with the score on 53 runs before Dave Potter (90 no) and Usmaan Mamood (46 no) pushed Old Edwardians to victory.
WEST MALVERN maintained their promotion hunt with a 70-run victory over Droitwich Spa Thirds in Division Five.
Droitwich won the toss and elected to field but were left frustrated by opening batsman Steve Wright (74) and tailenders Matt Penkoks (37 no) and Matthew Hindmarsh who guided Malvern to 250-8.
Despite James King (61) and George Taylor (50) adding sizable contributions, Droitwich could only reach 180-9 from their 50 overs as Penkoks (4-22) and Will Jones (3-37) restricted the runs.
BARNARDS GREEN were out of action as their Birmingham and District League Division One fixture at Shropshire-based Wellington was abandoned without a ball being bowled.