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In-form Droitwich batsmen halted by poor weather

Droitwich Editorial 25th May, 2016 Updated: 17th Oct, 2016   0

DROITWICH’S batsmen finally came into some form at the weekend although their efforts proved in vain as the weather forced abandonment of all four matches.

Up until Saturday, there had only been two half-centuries throughout the club but that total was increased to ten over the weekend.

For the Firsts, it was the bowling of Max Young (5-72) and Martyn Davies (4-40) that stood out as they shared nine wickets against Bewdley who escaped from 89-4 to reach 250 before the rain intervened.

Connor Franklin’s 72 and Robert Crane’s 49 steadied the ship for the visitors before the weather forced the game to stop with each side awarded nine points.

Spa are still awaiting for their first victory of the season in Division One of the Worcestershire County League.

Rhys John was so nearly Spa’s first centurion of the season but he fell five short of his ton as the Seconds also had half a game at Harborne. The Welshman shared a huge opening stand with Pete Gurr, who chipped in with 64, as the visitors posted 221-4.

Martin Keen (38 not out) also chipped in with a decent innings for Spa while Harborne’s Abusinan Abdullah was the star bowler with figures of 4-37.

A stand of 91 between Ash Walton (79) and Callum Goddard (54) was the mainstay of the Thirds total of 165 all out at Hallow.

For the Fourths, Tom Goss stroked the ball to all parts of the ground to score 50 before watching his son, Joe, show plenty of bottle in the face of some accurate bowling to score his maiden half-century.

Alex Kolb also weighed in with 65 as Droitwich scored 199-5, with Hallow reaching 64-2 before proceedings were halted.

Graeme Fowler (27 not out) and Brian Williams (22) contributed to Harborne’s tally with Spa’s Dom Thompson (2-27) registering the wickets before bad weather called play off.

Following their opening victory at Avoncroft in the Worcestershire Sunday League, Spa suffered an eight-wicket defeat to Astwood Bank despite Connor Grant hitting 51.

Spa’s Firsts will look for their first win of the season at Oldswinford & Stourbridge on Saturday, the Seconds also face Oldswinford while the Thirds and Fourths battle it out against Old Elizabethans.

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