20th May, 2019

Rain is a pain for Droitwich but a saviour for the Fourths

IT was a complete wash-out of fixtures for Droitwich Spa at the weekend.

The Firsts made the long trek to Bartestree & Lugwardine in Worcestershire County League Division Two but after losing the toss and being invited to bat, Spa did not even make it out to the middle before the heavens opened.

At St Peter’s Fields, starts were made by the two Droitwich sides in action.

The Seconds looked to be in a strong position at 104-1 after 24 overs in their Division One Second XI clash against Bewdley with James King 53 not out whilst the Thirds had just taken their only wicket when the weather intervened as Barnt Green reached 129-1 off 22 overs in Division Five.

One side pleased to see the rain was the Fourths, who witnessed Division Seven league leaders Netherton smash 321-3 from their 45 overs with Ahsan Zaman scoring 131 not out.

Set a revised 264 from 37 overs, Spa were wobbling at 20-2 off seven overs when the rain returned and the match was abandoned.

Play was possible, though, last Thursday evening and an exciting game ensued as Droitwich welcomed Surrey Optimists for their annual touring fixture.

The tourists hit 250-5 from their 35 overs and then watched Stuart Bryan dominate the Spa reply with a swashbuckling 156 not out – his second century of the season.

Despite his best efforts, 25 runs from the final two overs proved too much as the Optimists won by eight runs.

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