DROITWICH Firsts snatched defeat from the jaws of victory with a disappointing 30-run defeat at Burghill & Tillington, despite being in match-winning positions on several occasions.
Burghill were dismissed for 232 in the Worcestershire League Division One but then the Spa men were all out for 202 with three overs to play.
Deciding to bat first on a muggy afternoon, the home side made a bright start but were soon pegged back by two quick wickets from Max Young.
Young shared the new ball with youngster Ash Fearnall, who himself was unlucky not to take any wickets in an excellent 10-over opening burst.
Spa’s change bowlers then proceeded to bowl too many loose deliveries which saw Burghill race to 105 for two before swing bowler Carl Thomson claimed the first of his two scalps.
Both sides duelled for dominance as the Herefordshire side eventually closed on 232. There were two wickets apiece for Max Young, Jake Young, Carl Thomson and Jordan Renau.
The Droitwich reply got off to an excellent start with a half-century opening stand as Max Young dominated the bowlers with partner Martyn Davies looking in complete command, though many punishing shots somehow hit the fielders.
However, Spa’s batting frailty once again reared its head as three wickets fell in quick succession.
Veteran Paul Bryan and Renau set about rebuilding the innings and looked to have put their team in the driving seat when drinks were taken at 110 for three.
After Renau departed for a bright 25, Bryan then shared another vital stand with Fearnall as Spa nudged closer to their victory target.
When the tiring Bryan fell for 43, it sparked an untimely collapse and despite the best efforts of Fearnall, who was last out for an impressive 33, Droitwich succumbed with three overs to spare.
In the Seconds’ clash at St Peter’s Fields, Burghill clinched the double with a three-wicket win in Division Two.
Kieran Wilkins top scored for Droitwich with 77 as they were dismissed for 222.
There was better news for the Thirds and Fourths who both notched resounding nine-wicket victories over Old Hill.
The Thirds chased down 240 with more than 13 overs to spare, thanks to the prolific Ash Walton, who hit 86 not out, and an unbeaten 74 from Tommy Ross.
After narrowly missing out on his maiden senior 50 last weekend, Matt Gurr showed his qualities with the ball for the Fourths as he grabbed 6-21 as Old Hill were shot out for 97.
Young wicketkeeper Joe Goss claimed five catches and a stumping.
On Saturday, Droitwich Firsts meet Stourport at St Peter’s Playing Fields, and the Seconds travel to Rushwick. The Thirds are at home to Redditch Entaco and the Fourths make the away trip.