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Oldswinford stay top with win
8:30pm Thursday 24th May 2012 in Sport
OLDSWINFORD remain top of Worcestershire League Division One after an eight-wicket win at Colwall.
Skipper Tom Blunt’s decision to bowl first paid dividends as the hosts were skittled out for 70 thanks to a superb team bowling performance.
Jack Stanier and Daud Islam took three wickets apiece while Askib Ali and Blunt snared two each.
The visitors then had little trouble reaching the target in 12.4 overs after Blunt (31 not out) and Lee Nightingale (30) had put on 52 for the opening stand.
Pedmore’s indifferent form continued as they were beaten by 43 runs at Astwood Bank.
Despite bowling out Bank’s prolific batting line-up out for 156, Pedmore themselves struggled with the bat as they were dismissed for 113.
Hagley experienced frustration of a different kind as their home game with Redditch was abandoned without a ball being bowled but there was better news for their seconds, who beat Belbroughton by five wickets.
Bowling first, Hagley openers Dan Morgan (1-23) and Steve Plant (0-33) produced a tight opening spell but only managed one breakthrough as Ryan Price (25) chipped one to mid on and was well caught by Fady Jadayel.
Spinner Neil Hurst (1-33) was introduced and he removed Ben Willets (14), thanks to a good catch from Ben Tolley.
But this brought together Mark Burrows (61no) and Jon Hawk (100no) who managed to see Belbroughton to 211-2 in their 46 overs.
Hawk, in particular, hit well down the ground scoring his first league century.
Hagley’s reply began badly with the early loss of Fady Jadayel, before Hurst (50) and Andy Lee (59) put on 117 for the second wicket.
After both fell to Ben Taylor (2-44) and Harrison Masters removed Steve Plant, Hagley found themselves 144-4.
But skipper Andy Shaw struck an unbeaten 41 and had enough support to see his side home in the final over.
Shaw said: “I am happy with that win, it’s nice to get one over your local rivals.
“We bowled tightly and unfortunately let them get away a bit with some poor fielding but the lads batted really well and saw us home.”
Stourbridge Social produced a stunning bowling display to claim their first victory of the season at Chaddesley Corbett.
Skipper Richard Milner lost the toss and Social were put into bat in damp and tricky conditions and it quickly became apparent runs would be hard to come by.
Openers Michael McDonagh and Lance Mellor got the innings off to a steady start until a calamitous mix-up saw Mellor run out.
Nathan Glass (2-26) impressed for Corbett, taking the wickets of McDonagh (21) and Stevens as Social stuttered to 40-3. Milner dug in to form valuable partnerships with Waqas Ahmed (16) and Paul Clarke but when he fell to the bowling of David Perry for 30, Social had fallen to 96-7.
Sam Perkins and Simon Fisher offered some lower-order resistance to as Social were bowled out for 123 out, a score which looked competitive given the conditions.
It certainly proved that way as Social made light work of of the Chaddesley reply.
Usman Riaz removed Sam Boden in the first over but the real action was at the other end, where a devastating spell from Karl High reduced the hosts to 31-5.
From there High, who finished with figures of 6-12, made little work of the tail along with Riaz (3-27), as Chaddesley were dismissed for just 45 in 16 overs.
Social will look to follow-up this comprehensive victory on Saturday when they entertain Himbleton.
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