HIMBLETON secured their best win of the Worcestershire County League Division Three season with a 51-run victory over high-flying Bartestree & Lugwardine.
Batting first, the brittle top order of the Meadow Boys showed some fight as a new look opening partnership of Jon Critchlow and Luke Brace saw off a lively opening bowling attack.
Critchlow (42) battled his way back into form while Brace (15) took time out of the game and shine off the ball.
Once Brace fell with the score on 44 the routine collapse commenced as Jamie Alford (9), Sean Jenkins (9) and then Critchlow all fell within four overs to put the visitors in trouble at 106-4.
Captain Stu Dickenson took the game back to the home side as his fighting attitude raced the score towards the 150 mark and he was superbly supported by Rob Perrin (13) and Matt Handford who finished on 15 not out.
With Dickenson’s 33 and the 25 extra’s Himbleton, reached a lowly 175-8 from their allocated 50 overs.
In reply Himbleton took little time in making life difficult for the hosts.
The in-form Perrins took a majestic caught and bowled in the first over to remove Ben Simpkin without score before his opening partner Greg Dale found the edge as Brace took a tidy catch to claim the second wicket of Kieran Smith (22) with the score on 32.
The Meadow Boys never allowed the Herefordshire side to settle and Dale’s pace, Perrins accuracy and Critchlow’s new found confidence ensured the visitors kept their foot tight on the score rate brake.
Perrins went on to claim 4-26 from eight overs in his best return for his new club while Dale, Critchlow, Guy and Clifton each took one wicket a piece.
The remaining two wickets were claimed with clinical run outs.
Victory for Himbleton ensured they leapfrogged Bartestree into second place.
Dickenson’s side entertain Himley on Saturday.