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Ledbury suffer defeat despite Turner's knock
10:10am Tuesday 20th August 2013 in Sport
LEDBURY’S Marches League Division Two promotion hopes were dented after a 69- run defeat at Llandrindod Wells.
On winning the toss, Ledbury captain Paul Allan asked the hosts to bat first on a green, damp wicket.
Although they bowled well, it was hard to make a breakthrough as Wells skipper Phil Butcher and Adam Wright forged a century opening partnership.
Wright fell to Dave Nash for 49 when attempting to up the run-rate but then Steve Fuller smashed a rapid 48 with four fours and four sixes as the Welsh side closed on the 200 mark.
Helped by two runs outs and a wicket for Mike Arlott in the last over, Ledbury kept Wells to 198-6 with Butcher carrying his bat for 71 not out.
The reply started badly with Paddy Merryman departing for a duck but Stu Evans (19) and Jamie Turner helped steady the innings with a partnership of 60 to take the score to 71-1 after 17 overs.
When Turner was bowled for 49 by John Foster and two further quick wickets followed, Ledbury were in trouble.
But Neil Andrews (15) and Nash (11) looked as though they may steer Ledbury towards the target before both fell in quick succession.
The rest of the batting subsided to Mark Evans who claimed 5-17 in Ledbury’s 129 all out.
The Herefordshire side moved down to third in the table and must win their remaining three games for a chance of promotion, starting at home to Presteigne tomorrow (2pm). Players are asked to meet at 1pm.
Ledbury seconds’ Division Three promotion push looks over after they slipped to a disappointing seven-run loss at home to Hereford City Lads Club.
Batting first, Hereford totalled 142 all out with Jack Hicks (35), Tim Jones (34) and Chris Palmer (27) the main contributors.
Ledbury’s Jason Belcher (5- 21) bowled a fine eight-over spell.
In reply, the hosts quickly slipped to 16-4 but the experienced Rob Greening, assisted by Belcher (19), Jeff Arlott (19) and Si Ritchie, inched them towards their target.
With only eight runs required for victory, Ritchie (10) was pinned lbw, leaving Greening stranded on 37 not out. The chief destroyer was Nick Oliver with 7-52 off 12 overs.