DROITWICH Spa’s ladies side secured a first-ever win in their inaugural match against Romsley Bluebirds, getting off to an ideal start in the brand new Division Two in the Worcestershire Women’s Development League.
Spa won by 60 runs during the eight-a-side contest, hitting 137-2, with openers Katie Allerton and Olivia Keate hitting a solid run count, whilst the unbeaten third-wicket partnership of Katie Phillips (29) and Ellie Roberts (23).
Romsley were unable to match their hosts at the bat, and shortly after reaching 77-6, were bowled out – with mother and daughter duo Jo and Katie Allerton taking two wickets apiece.
Droitwich first XI’s struggles continued, after losing by four wickets at Bromyard in Worcestershire County League Division One.
After Bromyard won the toss and elected to field, Spa posted 134 all out in the final over, with opener Max Young (22) starting brightly, before David Stephens (31, not out) posted a late stream of runs.
Young then took 3-23 in the second innings, leaving Bromyard in trouble at 36-4.
But despite Stephens also performing well with the ball in hand (2-30), Josh Van Rensburg hit 54 not out to condemn the visitors to defeat after 44 overs.
They next host Pedmore on Saturday (1pm).
Spa’s seconds lost their third game of the season in Division 5, falling by 50 runs after Malvern proved too stern a test.
Batting first after Spa won the toss, Malvern’s Anthony Arnold (62) was the thorn in Droitwich’s side, despite Gino Taj taking 4-38.
Finishing on 190-9 from their 50 overs, Malvern fell well short, and were eventually dismissed for 140 – with Adam Shaw (34) the top batsman for Spa.
Spa’s thirds extended their lead at the top of Division 9 after winning by 71 runs at Worcester, in part thanks to the efficient bowling of Nick Sankey – who took 4-28.
Jordan Lewis hit a top score of 34, as Spa hit 173 all out, before dismissing Worcester for 102 in the 37th over.
Spa’s second string travel to Netherton on Saturday, whilst the thirds host Romsley & Hunnington (both 1pm).