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

Craig Gibbons 23rd May, 2017 Updated: 23rd May, 2017

ANDY HILL claimed five wickets as Worcester maintained their 100 per cent winning record to consolidate top spot in Worcestershire County League Division One.

After rain delayed the start, both sides were limited to 45 overs each and Pedmore were bowled out for 208 after being put into bat.

Dan Jones (77) led the charge for the visitors but it was Worcester’s Hill who starred as he claimed five wickets for 97 runs from his 15 overs.

Chris Steele also chipped in with four wickets at the cost of 67 runs.

Andrew Wilks (53) and Mohammed Adeel (59) then both hit half centuries to guide Worcester to victory as the Gordon Jones Memorial Ground based side reached 209-6 in the 40th over.

Colwall remain rooted to the foot of the Division One table after slipping to a five-wicket home defeat to neighbours Eastnor.

Only skipper Ben Wheeler (44) offered some resilience as the hosts could only score 155-9 from their reduced 49 overs.

Waqas Ahmed (56) and Mohammad Hasnain (40) proved to be the focal point of Eastnor’s innings as the Herefordshire visitors claimed victory after 41 overs, reaching 156-5.

Defeat for Colwall ensures they are still waiting to pick up their first victory of the season.

Kempsey moved 32 points clear at the top of Division Three with a seven-wicket victory at Netherton.

Bowlers Adam Baker (4-30) and Simon Dorrell (3-35) did well to limit Netheron’s run scoring as the hosts could only score 136-9 from their allocated 50 overs.

With rain bringing an abrupt stop to play, Kempsey were set a revised target of 137 from 22 overs once the poor weather passed.

And Kempsey managed to claim victory with just under three overs to spare as they posted 137-3 with the help of Dorrell’s 63.

Malvern’s hopes of claiming their first-ever Division Three victory were dampened after their clash at Himley was abandoned due to rain.

Winless Malvern were making good ground at 82 without loss with Anthony Arnold (25 not out) and Lewis Hill (35 not out) hitting the runs while 25 extras added to the score.

But the visitors were stopped after 14 overs as rain brought an end to play, with both sides receiving just five points.

Phil Chaundy hit a century as West Malvern maintained top spot in Division Four with a winning draw over Bromsgrove Thirds.

Despite wickets falling around him, Chaundy’s solid 119 went someway to the hosts’ score of 177-9 from a reduced 48 overs.

Matt Penkoks (19) was the only other player to hit double figures while Bromsgrove’s Max Smith claimed four wickets for 44 runs.

In reply Bromsgrove battled hard and managed to survive the Matthew Gammon (3-32) and Will Jones (4-22) onslaught to grind out a losing draw, scoring 114-9 from their allocated 34 overs due to the rain.

Meanwhile, Hanley Castle & Upton are up to second following their six-wicket victory over Old Elizabethans Thirds.

OEs were bowled out for 128 in the 41st over with Josh Benson-Smith (4-30) and Todd Mathews (3-51) taking the lion’s share of the wickets.

In reply, Hanley needed just 35 overs to reach their target, scoring 131-4 with the help of Daniel Powell’s 45 and Rory Mathews’ 29.

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