Ledbury's first XI have drawn their four-match skid to a close with an away victory over Birlingham.

Captain Josh Evans led the team to victory with economic bowling and a commanding innings at the crease.

He lost the toss, prompting the hosts to opt to bat first.

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Both Tom Hill and Jack Trattell kept a lid on the run-rate, and collected three wickets between them.

The skipper bowled shrewdly, conceding just nine runs in his five overs.

Spin bowler Chris Willemstein added two middle-order wickets to Ledbury's scorecard.

Former Herefordshire Women's captain Vicky Evans' left armed bowling also raised some eyebrows, allowing just 11 runs and securing three wickets in her seven overs.

The hard work of the bowlers was rewarded, with Birlingham bowled out for just 116 runs.

Ledbury made light work of the chase, losing just one wicket as captain Evans' and Willemstein's 47 and 42 runs respectively steered the visitors to a much anticipated victory.

The firsts will now look ahead to the weekend, when they will meet Rushwick's second XI at Orlham Lane.

Elsewhere, Ledbury's seconds squared off against Barnards Green's fourth XI at Orlham Lane.

Captain Rhys Gunter, Brian Weaver, and Mike Warr managed to get Ledbury off to a promising start with the bat, marking the first 100 runs on the board.

The highlight of the match undoubtedly goes to Arron Almond and his fantastic 106 runs, which spearheaded Ledbury's total score reaching an impressive 251 from 40 overs.

Ed Nolan and Weaver took on the responsibility of bowling first, and were instrumental in limiting Barnards Green to just 113 runs, fetching four wickets between them.

Jacob Evans and Warr too joined the wicket haul.

Man of the match Almond also shone, adding two wickets to his haul for the day.

Special acknowledgement is also due to Ledbury's youngest player, Rufus Sensecall, who made his senior team debut and claimed his first wicket.

The seconds will now look ahead to a clash with Malvern's third away from home.