3:00pm Wednesday 11th September 2013
LEDBURY narrowly missed out on promotion from Marches League Division Two on the final weekend despite a fine 72-run win at Woolhope.
They finished third as other results did not go their way with champions Talgarth and Brockhampton thirds finishing in the top two.
Skipper Steve Evans won the toss and batted on a good track but Jamie Turner fell to the second ball.
Paddy Merryman (10) followed but Jamie Brighton played his usual controlled innings with the comfortable Luke Ledbury.
They took the total past 100 before Ledbury (41) was dismissed but Paul Andrews despatched his first ball for a huge six.
Andrews went for 22 but David Nash (23) and Brighton upped the ante late on.
Ledbury closed on 235-9 with Brighton (97 not out) close to a well-deserved ton.
In reply, the introduction of Mike Arlott in the 15th over drew a breakthrough when wicketkeeper Paul Allen held a catch.
Arlott finished his sevenover spell with 2-29.
Ledbury brought C Park’s innings to an end for 87 and captain Evans joined in with the wicket taking.
It was left to Ledbury (4-41) to end the Woolhope innings for 163, while Evans managed a remarkable 4-1.
Ledbury now look forward to their end-of-season tour to Shropshire.
The seconds finished sixth in their debut Division Three campaign after losing a final thriller by one wicket at home to Garnons.
Solid batting ensured Ledbury posted a competitive 203-7 with the main contributions from Nick Gibbons (42), Stu Evans (37), Rob Yeoman (36) and Steve Burgess (26).
Outgoing captain Karl Foskett (2-63) struck early on in reply but James Worle (43) and Ed Pearson-Gregory (51) began to take the game away.
An inspired bowling change accounted for Pearson- Gregory when Burgess (2-20) bowled him and also claimed Joe Emery (26) lbw.
Josh Evans collected 3-26 as Ledbury looked set for a nailbiting victory.
But M Strangward (12 not out) and final batsman Nick James (4no) edged their side home with sensible batting.
Skipper Clive Chadhani (62) led from the front after electing to bat first with three fours and two sixes and an opening stand of 75 with Andrew Fisher (28).
Atiq Ur Rehman (24) and Josh Emery (27) carried the score to 198-8 and Ishtiaq Ahmed picked up several wickets early in the reply.
Despite the best efforts of Atiq (4-39) and Suleyman Shah (3-30), Stratford looked favourites on 180-6 but a fine catch by Ishtiaq turned the innings in their 191 all out.
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