Worcester closing in on Birmingham League return

Worcester closing in on Birmingham League return

Worcester closing in on Birmingham League return

First published in Sport

THREE straight wins for Worcester and poor results for Pershore mean the city side lead Worcestershire League Division One by 67 points.

Three weeks ago, Worcester were just one point in front of the Vale side but now they surely have one foot in the Birmingham League for next season.

At Harvington, the leaders wrapped up a huge win as the hosts stayed locked in the bottom three.

Harvington are now five ahead of Evesham, who could not complete a win at home to fellow strugglers Bromyard as the visitors closed on 123-9 in reply to 219-6.

Bromyard are now on 93 points, Evesham 107, Harvington 112, Redditch 118 and Droitwich 125 in what could be the most exciting relegation dogfight for years.

The five sides have to play at least two of the other four during the final six games with five being win-lose shoot-outs.

Worcester Nomads remained third behind Pershore as they eased to a 10-wicket win at Redditch thanks to six wickets from Dominic Badger and 100 not out from Sam Roberts. Pedmore also gained a maximum by beating Pershore at home so they remain six points back from Nomads and both are within a win of Pershore.

Hagley’s James Spavin cracked 111 in his side’s monster 353-6, which was plenty to see off Belbroughton.

In the final match, Colwall lost a little ground in sixth place as they were unable to remove the final Droitwich wicket in a winning draw.

This weekend is the final round before win-lose returns and the bottom five must all play against higher-placed opposition.

Leaders Burghill and Tillington tightened their grip on Division Two by beating fifth-placed Lye comfortably.

Bewdley lost at relegation-threatened Feckenham despite 94 from Rob Combes.

Burghill now lead by 47 points and Bewdley are still 32 in front of Oldswinford, who got a winning draw to leapfrog fourth-placed rivals Worcester Dominies.

Cookley had a faster run-rate than Wormelow, thanks mainly to Paul Thomas’ 105 not out, and Coombs Wood eased their problems with a win at Enville.

The basement battle was won by Malvern, who beat Rushwick by 110 runs despite 95 from Chris Pearman.

Malvern head their rivals by 23 points but are 30 behind Coombs Wood.

Division Three leaders Harborne thirds drew with Stourport, which allowed Bredon to jump into second place.

Spencer Colley replied with 110 for Stourport.

Bredon’s Tim McVicker scored 112 as his side beat Avoncroft but Netherton stay fourth as they could not capitalise on Stourport’s slip, losing at home to Old Vigornians by one wicket in the final over.

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