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West and thirds are relegated with losses
8:20am Thursday 12th September 2013 in Sport
WEST Malvern and Barnards Green thirds were both relegated from Worcestershire League Division Four after slipping to finalday defeats.
Green lost by four wickets at relegation rivals Old Hill thirds, who stayed up as a result, after their initial 208-7 from 50 overs proved not enough.
The hosts won with two overs left, sentencing Green to the bottom of the table despite knocks of 58 not out by Kevin Ratcliffe and 41 from Lee Smith.
West Malvern were just four points ahead after crashing by 196 runs at Cleobury Mortimer who secured the second promotion spot.
Cleobury declared on 250-9 and then skittled West for 54.
Only Robert Broomfield and extras (both 11) got into double figures.
- Hanley Castle and Upton finished fourth in Division Five after Martley clinched promotion on the final day, hammering them by 134 runs.
- Second-placed Colwall underlined their Division Two promotion credentials with a seven-wicket win over Rushwick.
Jacob Rodgers (4-31) and Max Backhouse (3-33) starred with the ball before Colwall were guided to victory by skipper James Abel (52) and Tom Coleman (51).
They lead their nearest challengers Enville by 21 points with two games left.
- Bromyard are rueing their poor start to the season after beating fellow high-fliers Hagley to maintain faint Division One promotion hopes.
The second-placed Herefordshire side trail leaders Astwood Bank by 42 points with just two matches remaining.
Bromyard chased down Hagley’s 160 for the loss of just a single wicket.
Zahid Saeed (4-22) and Will Yarnold (4-33) shone with the ball before Dinusha Fernando (81no) piloted his side to victory in stands with Ryan Tongue (35) and Edd Oliver (30no).
- Division Six champions Canon Frome have pledged their future to the Worcestershire League.
They ended their season with a winning draw over Harborne fifths.
Andy Rogers (84no) and Alec Backhouse (72) were the main contributors to Frome’s impressive 317-3.
Luke Cottrell then took 5-59 in reply.