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WCL Round-up: Worcester, Colwall, Malvern, Kempsey and Hanley Castle claim wins while West Malvern tie with Kidderminster

Craig Gibbons 5th Jun, 2017 Updated: 5th Jun, 2017

WORCESTER made it seven wins out of seven with a nail-biting one-wicket victory over Redditch in Worcestershire County League Division One.

Redditch were put into bat after losing the toss where all but two of the their batsmen failed to reach double figures as the visitors were bowled out for 192 after 50 overs.

Rizwan Chaudhry top scored with 31 while Chris Steele claimed four wicket for 46 runs.

When Mo Adeel (21) was out at 157-8, Worcester still 36 needed from their final six overs.

However, skipper Chris Steele kept his nerve to score an unbeaten 29 with the help of his last two partners to steer his side home with an over to spare.

Harry Clark (39), Luke Milton (37) and Andrew Wilks (35) hit the majority of the runs for Worcester.

COLWALL are celebrating their first Division One win at the sixth attempt as they beat Cookley by 66 runs.

The Herefordshire side reached 228-6 from their allotted 50 overs with Ben Cooke leading the way with the bat with unbeaten 89.

Skipper Ben Wheeler fell just four short of his half century for the hosts who claimed victory in the 47th over.

Despite a half century from Jaimen Rudd (54), fourth placed Cookley were hustled out for 162 to give Colwall a valuable 20 points to move out of the bottom two.

KEMPSEY maintained their 100 per cent winning record in Division Three following their emphatic nine-wicket away victory at Alvechurch & Hopwood.

The hosts could not make any ground with the bat as they were skittled out for just 142 with the help of Edd Rogers’ 51.

Adam Baker did the damage with the ball, removing four batsmen for 19 runs from his 9.1 over spell.

Kempsey then wasted little time in claiming victory as Chris Jones (71 not out) and Samuel O’Neill (55 no) guided the visitors to 143-1 in the 25th over.

MALVERN moved out of the Division Three relegation zone with a confidence-boosting 37-run home victory over RUSHWICK.

The hosts opted to bat after winning the toss where they scored an imposing target of 323-5 from their 50 overs.

Lewis Hill top scored with 93 while debutant Jamie Williams (89) and Thomas Fairclough (73) added a significant amount of runs.

Liam Probert (5-39) claimed all the wickets for Rushwick who were limited to 286-8 in their response.

Division Four leaders WEST MALVERN are yet to lose this season after they tied with Kidderminster.

Opener Philip Chaundy (55) led the way with the bat for the hosts who were bowled out for just 136 after 38.5 overs.

Matt Penkoks (17) and Matthew Hindmarsh (18) were the only other West players to reach double figures.

In reply Kidderminster could not claim the victory as they themselves were bowled out for 136 in the 46th over.

Hindmarsh (3-22) and Will Jones (3-16) shared the wickets.

Elsewhere, HANLEY CASTLE & UPTON moved up to third in Division Four with a seven-wicket win over Claverley.

The Shropshire visitors were limited to just 183-9 during their innings despite the best efforts of Tom Grainger (51) and Aroon Iqbal (46).

In response Grant Mathews hit 73 as Hanley reached 184-3 after 46.3 overs.

Will St Leger-Chambers fell one short of his half century while Rory Mathews added 23 runs to the cause.

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