Weather spoils Spa's chance of stunning leaders - The Droitwich Standard

Weather spoils Spa's chance of stunning leaders

Droitwich Editorial 28th Aug, 2015 Updated: 17th Oct, 2016   0

DROITWICH’S impressive campaign in Division One of the Worcestershire County League continued with a winning draw against runaway leaders Pershore at St. Peters Fields.

A four-wicket haul from Jake Young helped the hosts dismiss their in-form opponents for 202 before his brother produced the goods with the bat.

Max Young made 56 as Droitwich found themselves on 110-5, needing just 11 more runs to reach their revised winning score, but the weather spoilt their chances of a stunning victory.

After winning the toss, Pershore decided to bat first and started brightly through Adam Wiffen and Sam Cross, both being aggressive particularly towards Spa debutant Peter Lancashire.

However, skipper Martyn Davies’ decision to bring on swing bowler Phil Thomas paid dividends as he removed the dangerous Wiffen with his first delivery.

With the Spa spin twins Davies and Young in tandem once again, Pershore’s early authority was slowly eroded as wickets began to fall on a regular basis. The pair shared the bulk of the wickets as the away side’s innings closed on 202-9.

Against a good Pershore bowling attack, a tantalising second half of the game lay in store. However, the constant rain and lightening interruptions put paid to their efforts.

After losing four early wickets, Droitwich were given a revised winning draw target of 121 off 31 overs when the game re-started for the third time.

In gloomy light, Max Young was the shining beacon for Spa as he continued his recent run of form and together with skipper Davies looked likely to make a game of it.

Following Davies dismissal, youngster Ash Fearnall came to the wicket in a tricky situation but batted with an authority beyond his years and together with Young got Spa up to a total of 110-5 in the 27th over before the weather ended the match.

Meanwhile, Droitwich were unable to complete the double over Pershore as their Seconds were defeated. Spa scored a below par 157-9, with only Duncan Hughes (54) batting with any authority.

In reply, Pershore were teetering at 27-3 but an unbeaten 4th wicket partnership saw them home with overs to spare.


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