DROITWICH extended their lead at the top of the Worcestershire Premier League table to 11 points thanks to a match-winning haul from Martyn Davies.
The skipper led from the front, grabbing 6-52 as Spa produced arguably their best bowling and fielding performance of the season against Burghill & Tillington.
Defending a score of 182, Connor Grant starred in the field as the visitors capitulated from 60-1 to 132 all out against Davies’ flight and guile.
An innings of 71 from Aussie David Lane was the mainstay of the Droitwich total and he shared a fifth-wicket partnership of 80 with Gary Cartwright that galvanised Spa after they had slipped to 54-4.
Meanwhile, Ash Walton hit Spa’s first century of the season as the Thirds claimed a thrilling last-ball victory against Belbroughton.
Walton batted with calm assurance to rescue his side – scoring 113 out of a total of 196 as only one other batsman reached double figures.
Last man James Atherton, who came to the wicket with Walton on 82 but whose sensible approach ensured his partner achieved his maiden ton.
Atherton then claimed two early wickets in the Belbroughton innings but it was Paul Foster who swung the game in Droitwich’s favour with a devastating spell of 5-37.
The match seemed to be heading for a draw until Ollie Sankey bowled the last man off his pads with the final ball to secure a 54-run victory.
Elsewhere, Droitwich Seconds suffered a five-wicket defeat at
Burghill & Tillington despite the all-round efforts of Dave Stephens, who jointly top-scored with 32 – sharing a vital ninth-wicket stand of 60 with veteran Martin Woodward as Spa posted 225-8 – and then grabbing three wickets.