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Local cricket round up: Worcester CC extend lead at top of table

Worcester Editorial 4th Aug, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

WORCESTER CC extended their lead at the top of Worcestershire County League Division One to 34 points with a six-wicket win over Hagley.

With the game reduced to 40 overs after heavy overnight rain forced a late start, Liam Weston (4-78) and Mo Adeel (3-43) restricted the visitors to 198-9.

Early wickets saw Worcester briefly wobbling on 57-3, but Dan Keyte’s unbeaten 66 and a quickfire 33 not out from Adeel saw the hosts home with ten balls to spare.

In another rain-reduced game, Worcester Nomads suffered a frustrating winning draw against Colwall.

Ryan Tingue hit 102 and Richard Henry struck 67 as Nomads piled up 261-5 in 42 overs.

Dominic Badger then took 5-37, but Colwall’s last-wicket pair clung on as they finished on 109-9.

Elsewhere, second-placed Pershore had to settle for a losing draw against Harvington, Bromyard picked up a winning draw against Droitwich and the games between Belbroughton and Evesham and Redditch and Pedmore were abandoned.

IN DIVISION Two, Chris Miles hit an unbeaten 75 as Worcester Dominies earned a winning draw against Coombs Wood.

Rain meant the game was restricted to 35 overs a side, but Miles half-century saw Dominies to 224-6, but the bowlers ran out of time as Coombs Wood finished on 165-6.

Bottom side Rushwick picked up just 5 points as they came away with a losing draw against Cookley.

Andrew Goroll (84) and Mitch Taylor (59) helped Cookley to 260-7 from 45 overs, while Leon Wood took 3-54.

Opener Chris Pearman then made 68 in the Rushwick reply and keeper Joseph Blight scored 40, but the hosts never threatened chasing the large total down and ended on 173-6.

IN DIVISION Three, the adverse weather meant Old Vigornians game against Harborne was abandoned without a ball bowled with only two games completed.

OLD ELIZABETHANS restricted Eastnor to just 123-9 as they beat them by seven-wickets in Division Two of the Birmingham League.

Taylor Pugh (3-22) and Joe Taylor (2-14) did the damage with the ball as the Herefordshire side scored at less than four an over in a match reduced to 36 overs a side because of rain.

Johann Smith then blasted an unbeaten 67 and Taylor made 35 as OEs eased home with 11 to spare.

Old Elizabethan’s skipper Jamie Boyle’s decision to bowl first paid dividends as Taylor and Damon Gariff bowled the top three batsmen to leave the hosts 24-3.

A fourth-wicket partnership of 39 between Atiq Ur Rehman and Dave Waters forged a slight recovery before Ur Rehman was dismissed by Hemaka Pathiranage for 35.

Waters was then run out for 23 before Pugh ripped through the middle and lower order to leave Eastnor with a below par total.

Boyle and Jonathan Miles fell early in the chase as OEs were reduced to 14-2 but a partnership of 58 between Smit and Taylor eased any nerves before Taylor was trapped lbw by Suleyman Shah.

However, Smit continued to score freely at the other end as he put on an unbeaten stand of 52 with Gariff (13 not out) to see the visitors home.

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