The recreational cricket season started on Saturday as the recent unpredictable weather pattern disappeared to allow the sun to shine which gave grounds people the chance to finish off the preparation of the first match pitches of the season in dry conditions.

The first six weeks of the season sees the win/lose match format being contested in the Premier Division to Division Four where the winners pick up twenty points and  the losers are awarded bonus points subject to performance.

In the Premier Division there were wins for Astwood Bank who beat Old Elizabethans by eight wickets at Sambourne Lane, Old Hill who put last seasons woes behind them to get off to a dream start by bowling out visitors Colwall for a meagre total to win by nine wickets at Haden Hill, Pershore beat Bromyard by a country mile at the Bottoms, newly promoted Droitwich Spa started off their campaign with a win against Brockhampton at St. Peters Field, last seasons Champions Stourbridge secured a thirty eight run win against the other newly promoted team Ombersley 2nd XI (the first ever 2nd XI to play in the top flight of County League cricket in Worcestershire) and last season's runners up Stourport-on-Severn battled back from an indifferent start with the ball to beat Redditch in the highest scoring match in the division at Walshes Meadow.

In Division One there were wins for newly promoted Barnt Green 2nd XI who put Coombswood to the sword with a nine wicket win on the road at Stewarts Road, Worcester Nomads beat Kidderminster 2nd XI comfortably at Whitegates Lane, Halesowen 2nd XI, another promoted side beat Hagley at Seth Somers Park to start on a positive note, Lye beat Bewdley at Lower Park by twenty six runs to get their season off to the start they wanted, Chaddesley Corbett won a low scoring affair at Albemarle Road against local rivals Oldswinford by two wickets and last but not least Pedmore beat visiting Worcester (who were relegated from the Premier Division alongside Bewdley last season) by three wickets at home.

The victorious teams in Division Two were Astwood Bank 2nd XI for whom Tom Downing (83*) compiled an undefeated second innings half century to ensure a comfortable win against Bromsgrove 2nd XI at St. Godwalds Park, Cookley beat newly promoted Harborne 3rd XI at home by seventy six runs, Enville beat Himbleton at home after batting first and setting the visitors a total that proved out of reach, newly promoted Bartestree & Lugwardine won what looked like an excellent contest at home against local rivals Burghill, Tillington & Weobley by nine runs, Belbroughton beat visiting Bredon in a cliff-hanger at Hackmans Gate Lane by just one wicket and finally newly promoted Alvechurch & Hopwood and Himley 2nd XI went one better when both teams were inseparable on two hundred and twenty three at the end of affairs at Birmingham Road in what must have been an enthralling tie.

Feckenham made the long trip to Brockhampton to record an opening day win by seven wickets in Division Three. Elsewhere, Netherton beat Coombswood 2nd XI by eight wickets at Highbridge Road, Redditch beat Martley by seven wickets at their Bromsgrove Road Ground, Barnards Green 2nd XI compiled the highest score of the day at North End Lane (297-6) in their sixty one run victory against visiting Old Hill 2nd XI, Joe Sullivan (82*) struck an undefeated second innings half century to help Old Vigornians start with a win as they chased down newly promoted Stourbridge 2nd XIs first innings total to win by four wickets at Green Lane and Old Elizabethans 2nd XI grabbed their first win of the season chasing down Avoncrofts challenging first innings total to win by three wickets at the Memorial Ground.

In Division Four newly promoted West Malvern beat Chaddesley Corbett 2nd XI by eight wickets at Longmore to get off to the near perfect start, Lye 2nd XI beat Bromsgrove 3rd XI by seven wickets at home, Stourport-on-Severn 2nd XI swept aside Five Ways Old Edwardians on their travels to record a comfortable away win at the Masshouse, Netherton 2nd XI made the long trip to Eastnor and came away with their first win of the season after a solid second innings bowling performance proved too much for the home team, another of the promoted teams, Claverley started well when they beat Romsley & Hunnington in an excellent match by three wickets and finally in the match between the two relegated teams from last season L Campbell (6-24) helped Worcester 2nd XI beat close rivals Rushwick at Norton Barracks by seventeen runs.