DROITWICH Spa clung on for a draw at a much improved Wormelow who belied their second-from-bottom position in Worcestershire County League Division Two by producing an excellent all-round performance.
On a sluggish pitch offering some variable bounce, Spa chose to bowl first and Max Young dismissed both openers in his opening spell, helped by an outstanding one handed catch by the returning Phil Thomas.
That was as good as it got for the visitors as the third wicket pair of Richard Stafford (69) and Luke Jones (46) displayed the best batting of the match in stand of 78.
A late flurry of wickets gave Young 5-53 from his 17 overs but the hosts’ total of 229-9 seemed well above a par score.
Spa lost last week’s centurion Martyn Davies to a third ball duck as the visiting batsmen struggled to find any fluency against a disciplined home attack, who found a much more consistent line and length than their counterparts.
Young top scored with 42 to complete a fine all round match, but Spa failed to put together any substantial partnerships and struggled against the left arm spin of Luke Sparrow (5-51).
It was left to the Droitwich lower order to dig in for the losing draw and the ninth-wicket pair Matt Gurr and Dave Stephens saw out the final eight overs with little alarm as the innings ended on a lacklustre 158-8.
There was less of struggle for the Seconds who breezed to a comfortable eight-wicket win over Worcester Nomads in Division One Second XI.
They reached their target of 144 inside 22 overs as James King (60 not out) and Adam Shaw (51 not out) put on an unbeaten 122.
The Nomads openers rode their luck to put on 52 for the first wicket but once captain Karl Goddard made the initial breakthrough, Spa’s bowlers tightened their grip on the game.
In particular Oli Sankey bowled well to finish with 4-24, whilst Karl Goddard finished with 3-30.
In Division 5, Spa’s Thirds were leapfrogged into fifth place in the final table by opponents Cutnall Green in a game of batting collapses.
Green recovered from 13-4 to post 164 before Spa slumped to 11-6 in reply.
Thanks to a partnership by Joe Heywood (39) and Simon Holliday (32 not out), Droitwich mustered 102 as Green captain Neil Evans collected 4-8 following his earlier 66 runs with the bat.
On Saturday, Coombs Wood provide the opposition for both Firsts and Seconds.