17th Oct, 2017

WCL Round-up: Wins for Colwall, Kempsey, Rushwick and West Malvern + defeats for Worcester, Malvern and Hanley Castle

Craig Gibbons 31st Jul, 2017

COLWALL boosted their chances of avoiding the drop from Worcestershire County League Division One with a resounding 65-run success at promotion-chasing WORCESTER.

James Abel (66 not out) and Ben Butler (42) led the charge for the visitors who amassed 215 all out as Christ Steel (4-43) and Jabran Khalid (3-27) grabbed the lion’s share of the wickets.

Despite a stubborn 65 off 138 balls from Worcester’s opener Henry Lewis, the hosts were skittled out for 150 in the 47th over.

Daniel Newby (4-26) and Jon Gooch (3-27) were the pick of the bowlers for Colwall who travel to Eastnore on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Worcester will look to get back to winning ways this weekend when they make the trip to Pedmore.

KEMPSEY continued their Division Three title push with an emphatic nine-wicket victory at MALVERN.

Zakary O’Neill helped himself to three wickets as Malvern were bowled out for 185 before big-hitting opener smashed an unbeaten 104 as the visitors raced to 189-1 in the 33rd over.

Gregory Cooke (45 no) also chipped as Kempsey maintained their eight-point gap over second placed Himbleton.

Anthony Arnold had earlier hit an unbeaten 43 for Malvern who entertain Himley on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Kempsey play host to Netherton this weekend.

RUSHWICK moved 35 points clear of the Division Three drop zone with a nine-wicket victory over second-from-bottom Martley.

Niwantha Indima claimed four wickets for the hosts who hurried relegation-threatened Martley out for 139 after 42 over.

Paul Wyatt then hit an unbeaten 82 for Rushwick as they cruised to 143-1 in the 25th over.

Rushwick make the trip to Five Ways Old Edwardians on Saturday.

Peter O’Connell claimed five wickets for WEST MALVERN who improved their chance of securing promotion from Division Four with a much-needed victory over Old Elizabethans Thirds.

After back-to-back defeats, fourth-placed West got off to a flying start as they skittled OEs out for 140, thanks to a miserly spell from O’Connell who conceded just 32 runs from his ten overs.

Only Simon Ward (35), Matthew Leary (13) and David Harris (14) could reach double figures for OEs.

In reply Will Jones claimed an unbeaten 83 for West who reached 141-5 after 25 overs.

West travel to table-toppers Bromsgrove Thirds on Saturday.

HANLEY CASTLE & UPTON are still in with a shout of claiming promotion in Division Four despite their harrowing eight-wicket defeat to Halesowen Thirds.

Charlie Tippell (51) and Olly Lewis (43) top scored for Hanley who were all out for 153 after 42.1 overs.

Halesowen openers Ben Dun (56) and John Ashton (45) set the hosts on their before Hayden Evans (17 not out) and Matthew Webb (15 no) got them over the winning line.

Hanley make the trip to Old Elizabethans Thirds on Saturday.

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