PROMOTION-CHASING Worcester returned to the summit of Worcestershire County League Division One following a tight six-run home win over Burghill, Tillington & Weobley.
The hosts were bowled out for 259 with Bryn Evans (44), Mohammad Adeel (42) and Luke Milton (46) leading the way with the bat.
Ben Parkinson (3-46), Barney Morgan (2-47) and Jack Myers (2-40) then grabbed a share of the wickets to limit Burghill to 253-9 after 50 overs.
With Cookley and Hagley suffering defeats to Pedmore and Redditch respectively, Worcester moved 16 points clear at the top.
Worcester travel to Feckenham on Saturday.
JOSEPH BLIGHT hit a half century for COLWALL who were beaten by 51 runs at Bewdley in Division One.
Rob Combe (87) and Michael Harris (52) inspired Bewdley to 256-5 from 50 overs with Jon Gooch claiming three wickets for 42 runs.
Blight then stroked a steady 56 off 90 balls but it was not enough as Colwall were skittled out for 204 in the 46th over.
Jack Mills and Josh Freestone both picked up four wickets as Colwall tasted back-to-back defeats.
Burghill, Tillington & Weobley are the visitors to Stowe Lane on Saturday.
KEMPSEY suffered a surprise 24-run home defeat to Five Ways Old Edwardians in Division Three.
Dave Potter’s 54 ensured the visitors’ modest innings of 217 was enough for victory as the Kempsey batsmen never really got going despite the best efforts of Gregory Cooke (55).
Zakary O’Neill (3-35) and Steve Winstanley (4-64) got a share of the wickets for the hosts.
The in-form O’Neill could only muster up 43 after scoring more than 400 runs in his previous three outings for Kempsey who are just 23 points ahead of title challengers Himbleton.
Kempsey entertain bottom-of-the-table Himley on Saturday.
MALVERN enjoyed home comforts in Division Three as they secured a comfortable seven-wicket victory over Martley.
Martley opted to bat after winning the toss and were bowled out for 201 with Thomas Vale top scoring for the visitors with 67.
James Arnold (3-47) and Tom Hale (3-24) grabbed the lion’s share of the wickets for Malvern who cruised to 203-3 after 42.1 overs.
David Cox (67) and Jamie Williams (59) picked up the majority of the runs for the Ramblers who travel to Five Ways Old Edwardians on Saturday.
GRAHAM DAVIES inspired RUSHWICK to a confidence-boosting four-wicket victory over Bartestree & Lugwardine to move out of the Division Three relegation zone.
Davies crashed an unbeaten 61 as the hosts successfully chased down the visitors’ score of 198 all out.
Paul Wyatt (34) and skipper Stuart Tipper (37) built partnerships with Davies in the middle order to guide Rushwick to 199-6 after 47 overs.
Niwantha Indima had earlier shined with the ball to pick up four wickets for 33 runs from his ten-over spell.
Rushwick travel to second-placed Himbleton on Saturday.
WEST MALVERN’S Division Four promotion hopes were dented as they crashed to a 29-run defeat at Halesowen Thirds.
The hosts were rushed out for just 106 after 27 overs but West could not capitalise as they themselves were bustled out for a paltry 78.
Chris Jones wrecked havoc with the ball for Halesowen, picking up six wickets for 15 runs.
West will hope to return to winning ways on Saturday when they travel to HANLEY CASTLE & UPTON who are on a high after their two-wicket victory at Alveley.
Alveley were bowled out for 239 after 50 overs before Hanley crept to 240-8 in the 49th over.