29th May, 2017

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

Craig Gibbons 15th May, 2017

JABRAN KHALID claimed a five-for in Worcester’s two-wicket victory at Colwall in Worcestershire County League Division One.

The hosts were bowled out for 191 with Ben Cooke (61) and Ben Wheeler (41) hitting the majority of the runs.

Khalid took five scalps for 40 runs while Chris Steele chipped in with 4-80.

In response, a fourth consecutive victory for Worcester hanged in the balance at 150-7.

However, Rob Goodman (28) and the final pairing of Luke Milton (7 not out) and Steele (13 not out) showed resilience to get the visitors over the winning line.

Five wickets from Adam Baker guided Kempsey to an emphatic 147-run victory over Malvern in Division Three.

After losing the toss and being put into bat, Simon Dorrell’s 77 and Tristan Robinson’s unbeaten 51 went some way to Kempsey’s imposing 295-6 from their allocated 50 overs.

In response Malvern were rushed out for 148 after 38.2 overs as Baker (5-44) starred with the ball.

Neil Thompson (43) did offer some resistance but it wasn’t enough as Kempsey made it four wins out of four.

Rushwick were narrowly edged out by three wickets at Martley in Division Three.

After losing their first four batsmen early doors, Rushwick’s middle order of Stuart Tipper (30), Dan Metcalfe (39), Stuart Parker (30) and Lewis Hooper (56 not out) steadied the ship as the visitors reached 210-8 from their 50 overs.

Pete Gardner (4-69) got the majority of the wickets for Martley who crept to victory in the 42nd over.

Daniel Mayfield (32), Dominic Buxton (37), Dominic Jones (26) and Garnder (27 not out) added valuable runs as the hosts reached 211-7.

West Malvern consolidated first place in Division Four with a comfortable eight-wicket victory at Old Elizabethans Thirds.

OEs were put into bat after losing the toss but could only score 150-8 from their 50 overs with opener Angus Rees top scoring with an unbeaten 60.

Robin Lloyd (25) was dismissed early doors before namesake Will (31) departed with West Malvern at 137-2.

It was then left to Philip Chaundy (81 not out) and Joseph Bird (7 not out) to hit the winning runs as the visitors posted 156-2.

Hanley Castle & Upton moved up to third in Division Four following their 129-run home victory over Halesowen Thirds.

The hosts were put into bat where they were bowled out for 266 with Rory Mathews (90) and Will St Leger-Chambers (91) getting the lion’s share of the runs.

Halesowen’s Carl Bust claimed five wickets at the cost of 74 runs.

But it was then turn of Hanley’s Todd Mathews to do the damage with the ball as he claimed six scalps for 52 runs as Halesowen were hustled out for 137 inside 40 overs.