STAND-IN captain Jamie Alford led Himbleton to victory in Worcestershire County League Division Two as they downed a determined Wormelow by just 26 runs.
Batting first, the Meadow Boys’ predictable approach once again started with Jon Critchlow attacking loose early deliveries before his over expansive drive ended his innings for only eight runs.
Richard Sugden took a more sensible approach to opening the innings but was undone by clever the bowling of Jeewan Puri for 18 as both quick runs and regular wickets came.
Sean Jenkins (24) brought some class to the innings as his positive play looked to put a controlled Wormelow attack under pressure for the first time in the match.
However, once Jenkins was trapped LBW, the Meadow Boys were in danger of collapsing.
Mike Rogers (24) battled in an uncharacteristic fashion as he struggled to time his shots but with the support of Ali Pretty took control of the middle of the innings and brought a tenaciousness to a delicate stage of the match.
Pretty went on to score a chanceless 100 as he single handily ensured the hosts were able to post a competitive score and with the support of his twin Ricky (21), crept the score to 251.
In reply Himbleton produced their best performance in the field this season.
Excellent catching from Richie Sugden and Ali Pretty guaranteed half chances were taken and committed ground fielding, especially from the youthful George Clifton, ensured runs were tough to come by.
Rogers returned with 3-34 from his ten overs, with Greg Dale’s efforts rewarding him with 1-38 from his allocated spell.
Paul Guy (1-38), George Clifton (1-38) and Rob Perrins (1-46) all showed their value to the side with a return.
Himbleton travel to second-from-bottom Kempsey on Saturday.