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Malvern’s double delight
11:48am Friday 30th August 2013 in Sport
MALVERN climbed back into promotion contention with two fine Worcestershire Cricket League Division Three wins over the Bank Holiday.
They are now fourth, just 18 points behind secondplaced Harborne thirds with three fixtures left ahead of tomorrow’s trip to mid-table Stourbridge Social (1pm).
Malvern first came away with a convincing sevenwicket victory at relegationthreatened Himbleton who were only able to total 188-8.
Jeremy Lee returned 4-18 before Malvern’s reply was built upon run machine Andrew Cullen’s brilliant 104 which was his third league century of the season.
Anthony Arnold and Rob Francis both added 33 in their 189-3 from 36.4 overs.
Then, 48 hours later, Malvern entertained third-placed Alveley and gained a 54-run victory after batting first at Regency Road. After a poor start, Arnold and Ali Hall put together an excellent partnership.
Arnold’s superb 102 was his second league century of the term and Hall added 56 to push Malvern towards 226-7.
Alveley could only manage 172 all out with Rob Perrins claiming 5-45.
* Barnards Green could only claim seven points as they lost to Shifnal in Birmingham and District Premier League Division One on Bank Holiday Monday.
Fourth-placed Green host fifth-from-bottom Old Hill tomorrow (noon) with Dorridge, in second, now 58 points ahead with three fixtures remaining.
Green piled up 261-7 at North End Lane before Richard Oliver smashed 138 not out as Shifnal won by three wickets with nine balls left.
Opener Adam Dovey (12) was caught and Alex Hepburn took the score past 50 before edging behind for 18.
Alex Milton and Mark Hooper played patiently against spin and the 25th over saw both the 100 up and the 50-run partnership.
Hooper was caught and bowled for 49 but Kev Golder upped the pace as Green reached 150 before Milton went for 38.
Andy Ford rushed to 20 and the score was on 215 when Ash Brewer (11) departed.
Golder (53) was bowled to leave Green on 217-5 which was boosted by Jon Dovey’s 32no off only 17 balls.
Shifnal’s Tom Shaw was run out for 43 and 136-1 became 159-4 as Ford and Hepburn swooped.
But Oliver reached his 100 off 112 balls and Shifnal needed 55 runs off seven overs with four wickets left.
Mick Frost (11no) and Oliver, with a winning six, saw Shifnal home on 267-7.
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