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

Craig Gibbons 14th Aug, 2017

WORCESTER look to be falling away from the sole Division One promotion spot following their two-wicket defeat at the hands of second-from-bottom Eastnor.

Sharafat Hussain (42) top scored for Worcester who were hustled out for 158.

Raheel Lone (3-22) and Waqas Ahmed (3-23) grabbed the pick of the wickets for Eastnor who reached 160-8 in the 42nd over.

Opener Aarsh Jha (54) and Ahmed (46) led the charge with the bat while Jabran Khalid picked up 4-45 with the ball.

Worcester travel to league leaders Redditch on Saturday in a crunch clash.

Captain Ben Wheeler hit a half century in COLWALL’S 53-run defeat to Hagley in Division One.

James Trinham (59) top scored for Hagley who were limited to 189-9.

However, despite 51 from Tipper, Colwall were bowled out for 136.

Colwall travel to Cookley on Saturday.

KEMPSEY moved closer to securing promotion from Division Three with a comfortable eight-wicket success at third-from-bottom RUSHWICK.

Paul Wyatt (72), Stuart Tipper (75) and Gary Watkins (44) inspired Rushwick to a commanding total of 281 all out in the 48th over.

But the visitors made light work of their target as they eased to 284-2 after 42.2 overs.

Gregory Cooke (56) and skipper Chris Jones (88) got the ball rolling before an unbeaten third-wicket stand between Samuel O’Neill (68) and namesake Zakary (35) got Kempsey over the winning line.

Second-placed Kempsey entertain Alvechurch & Hopwood on Saturday.

MALVERN suffered an eight-wicket defeat at Netherton in Division Three.

The Ramblers were put into bat after winning the toss and were hustled out for 145 in the 46th over.

Troy Lee and Mohammed Nawaz then hit unbeaten scores of 70 and 49 respectively to fire the hosts to 146-2 after 34.4 overs.

Up next for Malvern is a home clash against local rivals Rushwick on Saturday.

Tony Hutchings bagged six wickets for HANLEY CASTLE & UPTON who boosted their chances of securing promotion from Division Four with a three-wicket victory over league leaders Bromsgrove Thirds.

Only Jacob Matthews (16), Henry Marshall (16) and David Collins (15) reached double figures for Bromsgrove who were skittled out for just 95.

Hutchings starred with the ball, claiming 6-18 from his 7.4 overs.

But Hanley made hard work of their run chase in reply as they reached 96-7 to maintain second place and close the gap on the league leaders to 18 points.

Hanley travel to Claverley on Saturday.

WEST MALVERN are still in with a chance of securing promotion from Division Four following their 23-run victory over Claverley.

Matthew Blatherwick-Hindmarsh fell just five runs short of his century for West who were bowled out for 229.

In reply, Claverley were then hustled out for 207 as third-placed West picked up a vital 20 points.

West travel to Kidderminster on Saturday.

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