WORCESTER took full advantage of slip-ups from high-flying Cookley and Hagley as they pulled a healthy 16 points clear at the top of Worcestershire Cricket League Division One.

They recorded a tight six-run win at home to Burghill, Tillington and Weobley after scoring 259 all out with Luke Milton (46) top scoring before the visitors fell just short on 253-9.

Redditch climbed into second spot after chasing down the Hagley innings of 237.

Russell Southwick continued his fine form with 90 to guide the home team to victory by four wickets.

Bewdley returned to winning ways and remain in the race for the title after a comfortable 51-run win at home to Colwall.

Rob Combes (87) and Michael Harris (52) set the Herefordshire men a stiff challenge that Jack Mills ensured was too many with 4-50.

Feckenham, thanks to an excellent 137 from William Davies, overcame bottom club Droitwich.

Eastnor, with Waqas Ahmed leading the way with 72, beat Stourport and previous joint leaders Cookley were dismissed for 111 at Pedmore after Dan Jones (76) and Dave Skelding (61) put the home team in pole position.

The top four clubs were all victorious in Division Two.

Leaders Bredon, thanks largely to a superb 151 from Martin Hill, posted a big first-innings total of 294 at New Road which proved far too many for mid-table Old Vigornians.

Second-placed Evesham had their bowling unit to thank as they shared the wickets to dismiss Lye for 91 which ensured a win by five wickets.

Bilal Hassan top scored with an undefeated 106 against Oldswinford and Stourbridge Social to ensure third-placed Chaddesley Corbett also kept the heat on at the top with victory by 150 runs.

Despite 103 not out from Bromyard’s Greg Leighton fourth-placed Belbroughton overtook Bromyard’s 234 to secure their outside chance of promotion.

Enville enjoyed a welcome win at home to bottom club Harborne as George Roberts (4-40) starred with the ball and Katie Parfitt held her nerve at the end of the innings to cling on to a one-wicket win which saw them climb to sixth place.

Wormelow pulled 23 points clear of the drop zone following a comprehensive seven-wicket win against Coombs Wood.

In Division Three the result of the day saw Five Ways Old Edwardians travel to runaway leaders Kempsey and come away with a 24-run win.

Dave Potter’s half-century ensured the visitors' modest first-innings 217 was enough for victory as the Kempsey batsmen never really got going despite the best efforts of Gregory Cooke (55).

Second-placed Himbleton took full advantage of the leaders' slip-up by comprehensively defeating Netherton by eight wickets as Sean Jenkins led the way with an undefeated 57.

Rushwick’s excellent win against third-placed Bartestree and Lugwardine saw the gap to the top two increase to 46 points.

Graham Davies led the home side's charge for victory with a steadying 61 not out to help his team climb out of the relegation zone.

Runs were aplenty as Alvechurch and Hopwood posted over 300 thanks to 133 from Edd Rogers to defeat Avoncroft although Craig Hughes made 112 in response.

Astwood Bank, led by Connor Adams' 120, posted the highest first XI total of the day of 333 to secure victory against lowly Himley.

Malvern’s home win against Martley at Regency Road saw the visitors drop into the relegation zone.

Bromsgrove and Tenbury remain the two to catch at the top of Divison Four after both clubs secured comprehensive wins against the two bottom clubs Old Elizabethans and Worcester.

Relegation is now a real threat for the bottom two as victory by third-from-bottom Hallow against mid-table Kidderminster increased the gap to the relegation zone to 42 points.

William Barrell’s undefeated 95 ensured Hanley Castle and Upton kept up their bid for promotion by chasing down the Alveley total of 239 to win by two wickets with Will Rodenhurst scored 90 in reply.

Claverley defeated Stourport while Chris Jones (6-15) led Halesowen’s march up the table.

In Division Five Barnt Green’s fine form continued as they held their nerve to secure a tight four-run win at Harborne which increased their lead at the top to over 40 points.

Second-placed Stourbridge, despite 81 from Jasper Davidson, lost to Redditch Entaco by 12 runs.

Old Hill climbed into third place with a 15-run home win over Romsley while Oldswinford and Stourbridge Social beat Pershore by seven wickets despite 81 from teenager Alistair Brown.

Paul Lippett's 80 could not inspire Enville as Droitwich won the battle of the basement thanks to Callum Goddard’s 81.