Droitwich remain in relegation quagmire after Stourport abandonment - The Droitwich Standard

Droitwich remain in relegation quagmire after Stourport abandonment

Droitwich Editorial 1st Sep, 2016 Updated: 17th Oct, 2016   0

DROITWICH Spa remain 19 points clear of the Worcestershire County League Division One drop zone after another rain-affected weekend.

Spa travelled to high-flying Stourport on Saturday but only managed to play 33 overs before rain forced an early abandonment.

After winning the toss and opting to field, Spa’s Phil Thomas (1-28) enjoyed an early breakthrough when he trapped opener Ryan Delo (0) lbw.

Max Young (1-48) dismissed Stourport’s other top order batsman Kevin Renecke (29) in similar fashion before Michael Pratt and Ryan Derrick set about Spa’s bowling.

The latter rode his luck for a quick-fire 50 before being deceived by the guile of Martyn Davies – one of two victims for the Spa skipper prior to persistent rainfall ending the game prematurely with the clash evenly balanced as Stourport reached 148-4.

With three fixtures to go, Spa face Worcester tomorrow (Saturday) before crucial clashes against Pedmore and Belbroughton, both of whom are below Spa in the table, in the final two weeks of the campaign.

At St Peter’s Fields, the Seconds managed to complete their match and record a winning draw against Division Two Second XI strugglers Rushwick.

Droitwich posted 186-7 from their 50 overs as James King (36) top scored but found stubborn resistance in reply as the visitors made 100-8 with the help of Darren Clark’s 53.

Rhys John (3-20) and Ash Walton (3-30) got the lion’s share of the wickets.

The weather intervened as a young Thirds outfit visited Division Five league leaders Tenbury Wells who chalked up an impressive 261-4 declared in 38 overs.

Andrew Adams (72) top scored for Wells and was backed up by useful contributions from Henry Anton (54) and Tom Rawlings (49).

In reply, Spa reached 20-2 before the game was abandoned, securing the winning draw and Division Five title for the home side.

In the reverse Division Five Second XI fixture, the Fourths were made to chase 232 but after Scott Clarke’s breezy 43, which followed his earlier figures of 3-56, they crumbled to 121 all out.

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