Despite putting up a stubborn fight with the bat, Ledbury's first XI ultimately did not have the strength to overcome Worcester Amigos' marvellous innings.

Both the club's first and second XI were in action this past weekend, with the firsts travelling to Kempsey while the twos held the fort at Orlham Lane against Droitwich Spa fifths.

The firsts, faced with a spicy pitch away from home, toiled as the Amigos attacked with gusto to rack up an imposing 309 runs, which they were unable to match.


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Despite the hosts' thunderous innings, promising youngster Charlie Barber shone by picking up a splendid four wickets, supported by Jack Trattell and Chris Willemstein who both claimed two wickets each as Ledbury eventually bowled them out in the 40th over.

At the crease, the visitors started with a steady pace, with opening batsman Willemstein leading the way by hitting some brilliant boundaries in his 68 runs.

Fellow opener and captain Josh Evans showed promise before edging behind at 17 for dismissal, and Tom Bowring contributed with some solid shots, scoring 40 runs.

Ledbury, at the half-way point of the innings, seemed to be in with a fighting chance at 150-2.

However, their hope quickly crumbled as the wickets tumbled after the drinks break, culminating in a 223 all out.

They'll hope to bounce back when they host Barnard's Green third XI at home this weekend.

Meanwhile, back at home Ledbury’s second XI put up a sterling performance against Droitwich Spa fifth XI.

After the visitors managed 201 runs with the bat, with Ledbury's Brian Weaver claiming a trio of wickets, Richard Orders and Fraser Refrew-Clarke each claiming two and captain Rhys Gunter snagging one.

However the headline of the contest came once Ledbury had the bat in hand, with the spotlight falling on captain Gunter, who delivered a blistering performance of 123 runs not out with 22 boundaries, leaving spectators and teammates in awe.

His innings, aptly supported by Mike Warr with 34 runs and Chris Ritchie with an 11 not out, allowed Ledbury to romp home to victory within 35 overs.

The twos will certainly have time to celebrate their triumph, with a rest week ahead next weekend due to their league calendar.