JAMES Hancher made a memorable return to the crease as he hit a century in Droitwich Seconds’ convincing victory over high flying Coombs Woods.
Hancher missed the whole of the 2014 season, but he did not look like he had been away as he scored 103 at St Peter’s Field.
Youngster Ash Fearnall also starred with both bat and ball – blazing 75 as the home side amassed 301-9 and then grabbing 4-26 to secure Spa victory by 182 runs.
Meanwhile, the club’s first female player, Jaycie Foster, claimed her maiden five-wicket haul for just 32 runs to help Droitwich Thirds to a 52-run win at Pedmore.
Ash Walton continued his impressive season with an unbeaten 81 and captain Steve Perry scored 50 as Spa sealed top spot in their league.
There was disappointment for Droitwich Firsts, though, as they failed to capitalise on a couple of advantageous situations to slump to a five-wicket defeat to Pedmore.
Despite several rain interruptions, brothers Jake and Max Young, who scored 49 and 91 respectively, had put Spa in the box seat to post a challenging score.
However from 140-1, a string of unlucky decisions and over ambitious shots meant that the visitors could only score 201.
After dismissing the first two Pedmore batsmen with just ten on the board, a mixture of aggressive batting and below par bowling and fielding saw Droitwich’s victory hopes quickly disappear as the home side cantered past their target.
Elsewhere, Droitwich Fourths battled well as a blend of youth and experience enabled them to notch up their second win of the season against Worcester.
Will Hodges made 35 and claimed three wickets, while veteran Don Thompson picked up 4-13 in a wily five-over spell.