26th Jul, 2017

WCL Round-up: Kempsey and West Malvern march on while Colwall, Malvern and Hanley taste defeat

BEN COOKE hit a century as Colwall claimed a losing draw to Bewdley in Division One.

Bewdley were put into bat after losing the toss but made good headway as they reached 256-6 from their 50 overs.

Gareth Lewis top scored with 78 while Rob Combes (44), Martyn Carr (35) and Connor Franklin (34) added valuable runs.

Despite losing opener Nicholas Brown (1) early on, Ben Cooke steadied Colwall’s innings as he hit 122 to push the score to 221-6 before he was bowled out by Josh Freestone (2-50).

Eventually the hosts reached 224-7 from their 50 overs to record a losing draw.

Kempsey made it successive wins in Worcestershire League Division Three as enjoyed a seven-wicket success at Five Ways Old Edwardians.

Five Ways were hustled out for 157 after 41.5 overs as Samuel O’Neill claimed 5-36 from 14.5 overs.

Kempsey needed just over 30 overs to clinch the 20-point victory as they reached 159-3.

Zakary O’Neill top scored with 70 while Samuel O’Neill hit an unbeaten 45.

Malvern remain in the bottom two of Division Three as they suffered a 38-run defeat at Martley.

Martley were bowled out for 206 after 50 overs with skipper Thomas Vale (43) top scoring for the hosts.

Chay Ankers (3-43) and Neil Thompson (3-31) shared the wickets for Malvern who were rushed out for 168 in their response.

Lewis Hill fell one short of his century for the visitors who sit in the relegation zone after two games.

Rowan Dakin took six wickets as West Malvern claimed back-to-back maximum point victories in Division Four after beating Halesowen Thirds by 39 runs.

West Malvern were put into bat after losing the toss but struggled to build consistent partnerships as they were skittled out for 159 after 41.4 overs.

Wicket-keeper Kevin Gilbert (35) top scored for the hosts who secured victory in emphatic style.

Dakin claimed figures of 6-75 as Halesowen were rushed out for 120 to gift all 24 points to West Malvern who sit comfortably at the top of the table.

Hanley Castle & Upton dropped their first Division Four points of the campaign following a 63-run home defeat to Alveley.

The visitors posted a score of 169-9 from their 50 overs which seemed to be a good target for the hosts to reach.

However, Hanley were skittled out for just 106 after 44 overs with Matthew Pratley (36) top scoring.

Openers Nick Bentley (13) and Ollie Price (14) were the only other players to reach double figures.