CRICKET - Bancroft stars as Droitwich Spa take winning draw against Colwall - The Droitwich Standard
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16th Aug, 2022

CRICKET - Bancroft stars as Droitwich Spa take winning draw against Colwall

DROITWICH Spa CC battled their way to a winning draw against relegation-threatened Colwall CC thanks to a quickfire 75 from Darryn Bancroft.

Spa won the toss and elected to bat only to lose opener Matthew Gurr for just four runs.

However, Droitwich recovered as Dan Cottrill (25) and Martyn Davies (53) put on 57 runs for the second wicket.

And despite losing captain Max Young (2) and Jez Hanson (13) the arrival of Bancroft to the crease saw Droitwich’s innings accelerate.

Bancroft smashed 75 runs off just 40 balls at a strike rate of 187.5 to take Droitwich from 127-5 to 222-7 as he eventually fell to the bowling of Dan Newby.

And Newby (3-41) was also responsible for the wickets of Callam Turner (25), Joe Heywood (0) and Ian Cottrill (16) as Droitwich closed on 254-9.

Spa made the perfect start with the ball as Gurr (3-46) and Adam Keen (1-31) struck early to leave Colwall stunned on 2-2.

However, opener Tom Newman (97) played a superb innings and was supported by Robert Cook (107) as the pair put on a staggering 207-run third-wicket partnership to put Colwall in command.

The duo both eventually succumbed to Young (3-83) with Cook trapped lbw and Newman run out which led to a remarkable batting collapse.

Colwall’s remaining batters all failed to reach double figures as Droitwich took four further wickets at the cost of just 21 runs to secure a winning draw with Colwall closing on 240-9.

The result means Spa sit seventh in the Worcestershire County League Premier Division table.

Elsewhere, the second XI claimed a huge 170-run win against Colwall 2nds after scoring 336 off their 45 overs which included a century from Kaz Singh (115) and a fine knock by Matthew Williams (89).

Droitwich’s third team won by 61 runs against Harborne 4ths thanks to a 62-run innings from Harry Staley whilst Tom Gibson (3-22) and Anthony Redfern (3-44) starred with the ball.

The fourth XI suffered a 215-run to Harborne 3rds after they were skittled for just 55 with no Spa player achieving double figures with the bat.

Lastly, Spa’s fifth XI were beaten by five runs against Pershore 4ths despite Chris Berry top scoring with 46 and Finlay Sheane-Smith taking 4-43 with the ball.

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