25th Mar, 2019

Droitwich Spa celebrate first win of the summer

Craig Gibbons 30th May, 2018

DROITWICH Spa’s First and Second teams collected brilliant wins last Saturday, albeit one was much closer than the other.

The Firsts finally won their first Worcestershire County League Division Two game of the summer in nervy fashion as they beat early season pacesetters Belbroughton by three wickets in a low scoring contest at St Peter’s Fields.

They were indebted to a very disciplined bowling and fielding display which saw the visitors dismissed for just 132.

The returning Max Young laid the foundations with two early wickets to claim 2-32 from 16 overs while fellow opener Phil Thomas maintained his early season consistency by picking up 3-38 from his 16 overs and there was also three wickets for swing bowler Carl Thomson too.

The Spa reply got off to a positive start and, despite the loss of two early wickets, Martyn Davies and Young looked relatively untroubled and cruising towards their victory target.

However, their departures in quick succession left Droitwich 74-4 and Belbroughton sensed the chance of an unlikely victory.

Fortunately the wise old head of veteran Paul Bryan remained calm and, despite three further wickets falling, he remained unbeaten on 30 to guide his side home in the 41st over.

There were standout performances from two teenagers as the Seconds thrashed Pedmore by 162 runs in Division One Second XI.

Sixteen-year-old Adam Keen hit his maiden senior century off 127 balls as Droitwich piled up 269-4 with Stuart Bryan and Rhys John contributing 55 and 44 respectively.

Keen carried his bat in an excellent innings to finish 107 not out.

After Oli Sankey had ripped through Pedmore’s top order to claim 3-22, Josh Sinclair mopped up the rest to grab his first senior five-fer as he returned 5-31.

Elsewhere, the Thirds were defeated by 69 runs at Barnt Green in Division Five while the Fourths got a losing draw against Netherton in Division Five Second XI where there was a half-century for Jack Eaton.

On Saturday the fixtures switch to straight win or lose format with the Firsts travelling to table-topping Bromyard and the Seconds hosting Stouport.

The Thirds visit Old Hill whilst the Fourths meet Hagley.

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