22nd Jul, 2019

Droitwich Spa demolish rivals Himbleton in season finale

Craig Gibbons 19th Sep, 2018

DROITWICH Spa ended their season in fine style with two resounding victories, including the demolition of local rivals Himbleton.

Pivotal to the ten-wicket victory for Spa in Worcestershire County League Division Two was the performance of opening bowlers Phil Thomas and Max Young who cut down the Meadow Boys in emphatic fashion.

Having shared nine wickets the previous weekend against Enville, the devastating duo went one better to claim a five-fer apiece as the hosts were dismissed for just 77 with only opener Richard Sugden (27) offering any resistance.

In reply, Young made his intentions clear by launching his first ball for six and two more maximums quickly followed.

His partner Martyn Davies followed suit and a further flurry of boundaries saw Spa race to their victory target inside ten overs, with the batsmen finishing unbeaten on 35 and 37 respectively.

The result secured fifth spot for Spa ahead of the regional league restructure being introduced next summer.

The Seconds rounded off their first summer in Division One Second XI by defeating Hagley by 155 runs.

An opening stand of 180 between Jez Hanson (116) and James King (76) provided a fantastic foundation to a Spa score of 325-6 which was boosted by cameo innings from Jonny Keen (44) and Ajay Kumar (26 not out).

Kumar (4-46) then shone with the ball to remove Hagley’s top four, including the dangerous Ben Perry (46) and Simon Burgess (37) who both hit two sixes and briefly threatened a run chase.

With both back in the pavilion, Adam Keen and Rhys John then mopped up to finish with three wickets each as the visitors finally succumbed for 170 in the 35th over.

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