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Hanley remain in hunt for promotion
6:20pm Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in Sport
HANLEY Castle and Upton are still in with a chance of promotion from Worcestershire League Division Five on the final weekend despite a losing home draw against Kempsey.
The villagers are just four points off second-placed Martley who they visit tomorrow for a crunch clash (1pm).
Martley beat Barnt Green thirds by five wickets to edge ahead in the promotion race, while Hanley Castle could only reply with 131-7 from 51 overs after Kempsey’s 200 all out. Ian Hobbs (4-49), Chris Duckworth (2-18) and Todd Mathews (2-64) helped ensure Kempsey were bowled out.
But Hanley Castle struggled with the bat as Rich Foley (29) and Hobbs (19 not out) top scored.
Å Barnards Green thirds and West Malvern fight it out to avoid relegation from Division Four on the final day.
West claimed a crucial fivewicket home victory over Kidderminster Victoria thirds to move five points above their local rivals.
Phil Chaundy scored 94 vital runs in chasing down the visitors’ 230-5 inside 44 overs, claiming the maximum haul of 24 points.
Green lost by four wickets to promotion-chasing Cleobury Mortimer but scored a hefty 263-7 with Roger Thompson (124) starring.