Teenager Purchase guides Droitwich Seconds to convincing victory - The Droitwich Standard

Teenager Purchase guides Droitwich Seconds to convincing victory

Droitwich Editorial 24th Aug, 2016 Updated: 17th Oct, 2016   0

DROITWICH Spa Seconds were singing in the rain after they picked up a convincing 78-run victory at Burghill & Tillington in Worcestershire County League Division Two Second XI.

After the Firsts, Thirds and Fourths all saw their clashes fall victim to the weather without a ball being bowled, the Twos travelled to Herefordshire where they posted an impressive 235-8 thanks to their opening four batsman.

Pete Gurr and Ash Walton weighed in with 45 runs a piece, James King hit 35 before teenager Dave Purchase held the innings together as the middle order fell away to finish unbeaten on 59.

The wily Welsh spinner Rhys John then grabbed figures of 5-55 to help dismiss the hosts for just 157.




The Seconds will be hoping to maintain their winning run when Rushwick are the visitors to St Peter’s Fields on Saturday (1pm).

With Cookley winning and Bewdley picking up a winning draw, the Firsts slipped a couple of places in Division One but remain 18 points clear of the drop zone with four games remaining.


They travel to Stourport on Saturday where they will be aiming to avenge the heavy seven-wicket defeat from earlier in the season.

The Thirds play their final Division Five league game of the season and it will be a tough one as they head to league leaders Tenbury Wells who will be seeking victory to clinch the title.

Meanwhile, the Fourths face the same opposition in Division Five Second XI.

FUND-RAISING

Droitwich is also staging its annual six-a-side tournament on Bank Holiday Sunday but is turning the event into a fundraiser for a cause close to players’ hearts.

Proceeds from the day will be donated to #JSYouCanDoIt, the charity set up in memory of former player Jack Stephens whose life was unexpectedly and tragically cut short at the age of 23 last summer.

Money raised at the tournament will be used to provide grants for people whom finance is a barrier to studying at degree level.

The action gets underway at 10am and will be provided by eight teams which will be competing for the inaugural #JSYouCanDoIt Trophy.

There will be plenty of fun off the pitch throughout the day too including games, a barbecue, tombola and beer festival.

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