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26th Jan, 2022

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

Craig Gibbons 21st Aug, 2017

WORCESTER kept alive their slim hopes of securing promotion from Worcestershire County League Division One with a winning draw over league leaders Redditch.

Fourth-placed Worcester raced to 116-2, thanks to steady batting from openers Henry Lewis (40) and Bryn Evans (76).

Despite their fast start, the hosts were limited to 203-6 from their allotted 50 overs.

In response, Chris Steele bagged four wickets as Redditch could only reach 191-9 despite 63 from opener Tom Phelan.

Worcester play host to Hagley on Saturday.

COLWALL remain in a Division One relegation dog fight following their six-wicket defeat to Cookley.

Only Fergus Cameron (16), Ancil Nedd (20) and Jon Gooch (17) reached double figures for Colwall who were skittled out for 97 in the 29th over.

Jaimen Rudd picked up 5-28 for Cookley who were set a revised target 97 from 33 overs in a rain-affected encounter.

The visitors raced to 98-4 with just over three overs remaining to secure victory.

Fourth-from-bottom Colwall take on bottom-of-the-table Droitwich Spa on Saturday.

KEMPSEY’S hopes of finishing top of the Division Three table took a dent following their 46-run home defeat to Alvechurch & Hopwood.

The visitors reached 177-9 from 45 overs but big-hitting Kempsey proved to be no match for Dan Wolstencroft.

He picked up seven wickets for 23 runs from nine overs as the hosts were bowled out for 131 in the 30th over.

Skipper Chris Jones top scored with 42.

Kempsey entertain Astwood Bank Thirds on Saturday.

RUSHWICK gave themselves some breathing space from the Division Three drop zone with a five-wicket victory at MALVERN.

Malvern were back in the pavilion for 158 in the 50th over as Rushwick’s Lewis Hooper picked up six wickets.

The visitors then battled their way to 162-5 after 38 overs to secure a crucial 20 points.

Rushwick entertain Netheron on Saturday while Malvern make the trip to Alvechurch & Hopwood.

HANLEY CASTLE & UPTON maintained their Division Four promotion charge with a three-wicket victory at Shropshire side Claverley.

Only Harry Broad (15) and Edward Grainger (21 not out) reached double figures for Claverley who were hustled out for just 87 after 27.4 overs.

But Hanley made hard work of their run chase, eventually scoring 91-7 in the 38th over in an innings featuring 16 extras.

Grant Mathews (24) and Charlie Tippell (22) hit the majority of the runs.

Second-placed Hanley travel to Kidderminster on Saturday.

WEST MALVERN still have an outside chance of securing promotion from Division Four despite their six-wicket defeat to Kidderminster.

Philip Chaundy (69) and Matt Penkoks (56) led the charge with the bat for West who were all out for 200 as Adam Davis (5-54) and George Davis (4-54) shined with the ball.

Jack Beadsworth (61) and Harr Carter (47) then guided Kidderminster to victory as the hosts reached 203-4 in the 50th over.

West, who sit 33 points off the promotion spots with four games remaining, entertain Hallow on Saturday.

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