With the first team amongst the many that had games rained off, Ledbury Cricket Club's second XI getting their season underway in style took centre stage.

The team's away clash against Stone Cricket Club in Worcestershire’s Division Nine proceeded as scheduled, with some bowling heroics from Steve Evans proving decisive.

Ledbury captain Rhys Gunter opted to bowl first on winning the toss, which saw the side's bowlers capitalise on the pitch conditions.


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Opening bowler, Liam Kendrick delivered an excellent performance, with a wicket to his name and only 8 runs off his 6 overs.

Meanwhile, Arron Almond, marking his return after a strong season for Ledbury Rugby Club, took one wicket for 15 runs.

Richard Orders took two wickets for 38 runs, and captain Gunter claimed another for 21 runs.

The day, however, truly belonged to Evans, who picked up a whopping five wickets for a mere six runs.

His left-arm deliveries proved lethal for the Stone lower-order batsmen, reciprocating a performance reminiscent of bowling legend Mitchell Starc as the hosts were bowled out for just 101 runs.

In reply, the Ledbury batting order chased down with relative ease within 18 overs.

Opening batsman Simon Ritchie showcased a powerful 66-run innings, including seven fours and four sixes.

While Ritchie played aggressively, his fellow opener Orders contributed to the total with sensible batting that saw Ledbury round off the victory, picking up maximum points in the process.

The second XI's next game is set for Saturday (May 11), when they meet Droitwich Spa 5th XI at Orlham Lane.

At the same time, weather allowing, Ledbury 1st XI will resume their season against Worcester Amigos 1st XI away from home.