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Oldswinford knocked off top spot
6:30pm Thursday 31st May 2012 in Cricket
OLDSWINFORD lost top spot in Worcestershire League Division One after a home defeat to Pershore.
The 90-run loss was the first of the season for Oldswinford, who drop to second and face Astwood Bank this Saturday.
Visitors Pershore won the toss and chose to bat, making a total of 219-6 from 50 overs, Chris Ridings top scoring with an unbeaten 64.
For the first time this season Oldswinford’s batsmen failed to shine as Tom Blunt, Lee Nightingale and Danny Attwood all fell cheaply.
Opener Christy Kehoe top-scored with 21 as the hosts were dismissed for 129.
In Divison Three, Stourbridge Social recovered from a tough start to record their second win on the bounce against Himbleton.
A much-changed Social side elected to bat after skipper Richard Milner won the toss and soon found themselves in trouble, after Alastair Pretty dismissed Lance Mellor and Milner in consecutive balls.
Himbleton continued to make inroads into the batting order and after Arron Jenkins removed Muhammad Jilliani, Social found themselves languishing at 78-7 after just 19 overs.
But Usman Riaz (17) and Tim Griffiths (34) set about the task of rebuilding the innings. They shared a half-century stand and provided a platform for Dan Wilkes to bully the attack.
He smashed his way to 39 not out as Social recovered to score 191.
The total proved to be more than adequate as Social’s opening bowlers Riaz and Waqas Ahmed (6-37) ripped through Himbleton’s top-order.
When the visitors looked to be staging a recovery through Luke Brace before he was dismissed by Griffiths (3-34) removed him for 43 leaving Social to skittle their opponents for 98.
Social will look to continue their impressive early season form when they host Birlingham on Saturday.
Amblecote and Wollaston picked up their first win of the season with an eight-wicket triumph over Canon Frome.
Visiting Frome won the toss and chose to bat on a decent-looking wicket and their openers made a strong start before Tom Wassell made the breakthrough with the score on 48.
From then on the visitors struggled to deal with the pace of Amblecote’s attack and Adam Lock took 4-36 as Frome were dismissed for 124.
The hosts faced a tricky first 10 overs but openers Ross Parker put on 105 for the first wicket before the skipper fell for 58 but Pearsall remained unbeaten on 49 as he hosts got home.
On Saturday, they head to West Malvern.