A MAGNIFICENT century from Alastair Pretty could not prevent Himbleton from defeat in a close-fought Worcestershire County League Division Two clash with Bredon.
Batting first Himbleton’s openers Rich Pretty (17) and Richard Sugden (19) fought hard to see off the opening salvo from their visitors.
And when Ali Pretty joined Sugden they moved the Meadow Boys forward with a partnership of 73.
The total moved steadily to 150-3 off 40 overs, a perfect platform from which to launch a final assault in the final ten overs.
However, apart from Pretty (110) accelerating serenely to a well-deserved century the middle order could not capitalise and the last five wickets fell for just six runs, leaving Himbleton to finish on a disappointing 208.
In reply Charlie McVicker (68) decided all out attack was the best way to bat on a tricky wicket and scored a swift half century for the visitors.
He was well supported by Tim Fenney (45) who frustrated the home side by chipping several balls into space.
A late blast from Greg Dale (4-59) gave Bredon a few moments of worry as they collapsed from 186-3 to 193-6.
However, the experience of Martin Hill (31 not out) ensured the visitors secured the spoils with a four-wicket win.
Himbleton travel to Belbroughton on Saturday looking for a win to kick-start their season.