COLWALL opened up a 28-point lead at the top of Worcestershire Cricket League Division One with a three-wicket win at Burghill, Tillington and Weobley.

Colwall’s edgy victory was clinched by their bowlers as five took two wickets each to dismiss the hosts for a paltry 90 in 39.1 overs.

Burghill went from 48-3 to 60-7 as Mike Gooch claimed 2-19, Dan Newby 2-27, Andy Robertson 2-14, Luke Dalley 2-21 and James Wagstaff 2-3.

Ben Cooke took 14 off the first over in reply but he and opening partner Nick Panniers both fell early.

Robertson and PJ Recordon took the score to 53 when the latter was caught.

Nick Brown gave useful support with 13.

Needing just two to win, Colwall lost three wickets on 89 with Robertson run out for a patient 28 and it was left to Wagstaff to hit the winning runs.

They host Bredon at Stowe Lane on Saturday (1pm).

Colwall seconds remain second from bottom of Division Five after a frustrating 29-run home defeat by Claverley.

The visitors batted solidly against improved bowling to reach 203-5 off 50 overs with Alex Whittaker taking 2-26.

James Waters (46) and Kit Lister (25) kept Colwall in contention at first.

Then Matt Morgan dragged the hosts back with three sixes in his 39 but once he was bowled the tail folded to 174 all out.

Colwall thirds were unlucky to lose a low-scoring Marches League Division Two contest at Luctonians seconds by two wickets after being dismissed for just 106 on a rain-hit pitch.

Only 56 from opener Steve Wright saved Colwall with late support from Sam Bradley (10) and Cam Smith (13).

Bruno Recordon and Bradley took two wickets as Lucs struggled before Wright claimed 3-5 with only a couple of missed chances denying Colwall at the death.

The fourths had an unbeaten 71 from Adam Greaves to thank for their six-wicket home win over Woolhope seconds in Division Four after the visitors were restricted to 172-9 batting first.

There was accurate bowling from Colwall's Simon Oliver (3-22), Luke Recordon (2-18) and Mark Lessimore (2-41).

Harry Evans (21) and Jacob Charlton (36) gave Greaves solid support in a comfortable victory chase.