25th Mar, 2019

Droitwich on brink of relegation after defeat to Colwall

Craig Gibbons 30th Aug, 2017

DROITWICH were dominated by Colwall with both bat and ball as they suffered a crushing 169-run defeat which leaves them on the brink of relegation from Worcestershire County League Division One.

Despite grabbing an early wicket, Spa’s bowlers were made to toil as Colwall posted 260-8 with three batsman reaching half-centuries.

Top scorer, Mike King, who made 75, then claimed 4-24 but not before opening bowler Mike Gooch had ripped through the top order with a devastating burst of genuinely unplayable deliveries.

At 5-3, there was no way back for Droitwich as only Max Young (40) provided any real resistance.

The Spa innings culminated in the 25th over and they will now need a trio of maximum points wins plus other results to go their way if they are going to miraculously avoid the drop.

The Seconds took another step towards promotion from Division Two Second XI as they brushed aside Bromyard at St Peter’s Fields.

Spa romped to a ten-wicket win in less than 15 overs after bowling out the Herefordshire side for just 68.

The writing was on the wall for the visitors after opener Tom Bussey, who scored an unbeaten 148 the previous week, was stumped in the second over off Dave Stephens.

Carl Thomson then took centre stage to rip through the middle order in a devastating spell of 5-21 from 13 overs.

Veteran Martin Woodward went for just two runs in his nine overs as Bromyard eventually succumbed in the 43rd over.

Stephens finished with 1-10 from his eight overs and Ollie Sankey returning 2-11 from nine overs.

Despite offering several chances, Martyn Keen (39 not out) and James King (24 not out) saw their side home and gave Spa a 12-point lead over nearest challengers Cookley.

The Thirds and Fourths ended their league campaigns with mixed fortunes against Romsley & Hunnington.

A superb all-round team performance saw the Thirds collect an emphatic 98-run win in Division Five.

Spa posted 210-6 from their 45 overs, which was built around an excellent opening stand between Mark Smith (63) and Adam Keen (29) and included an impressive display of boundary hitting from Callum Goddard, who weighed in with 46 off just 24 balls.

Captain for the day Nick Sankey lead from the front to stifle the Romsley reply with three wickets and there was a treble for Matt Gurr too as he delivered probably his best spell of the season as the home side were shot out in the 35th over with Spa’s fielders clinging on to their catches.

At St Peter’s Fields, Romsley & Hunnington romped to a ten-wicket success over the Fourths in Division Five Second XI as they breezed past their 111-run target in just 13.1 overs with Steve Treadwell whacking 74 not out.

On Saturday the Firsts entertain fellow basement side Eastnor while the Seconds travel to promotion rivals Chaddesley Corbett.

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