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Max powers on with run spree
3:00pm Thursday 22nd August 2013 in Sport By Steve Carley - Midlands Sports Journalist of the Year 2013, @stevecarleyWN
MAX Young continued his excellent form with the bat to aid both a relegation fight and battle for league honours.
The 22-year-old crafted a century to keep Droitwich’s hopes of avoiding relegation very much alive in Worcestershire League Division One, before making a major contribution for the club’s title-chasing Sunday team.
Young scored 127 for the Spa side in laying the foundations for a 142-run triumph against fellow Division One strugglers Burghill and Tillington.
It leaves the St Peter’s Field team two points from safety with five games to go, one of which is against bottom side Oldswinford.
Just 24 hours later, Young then compiled a 74-ball 79 as Droitwich defeated Redditch by 39 runs to trail Old Elizabethans by only five points in the race for the Worcestershire Sunday League First XI South crown.
Young’s combined efforts have earned him the title of Worcester News player-of-the-week, for which he wins a £30 Fearnley Factory Shop voucher.
“I have had a good season all year,” said Young, currently the third highest run-scorer in Division One of the Saturday competition. “I was unlucky to get given out leg-before on the Sunday or I would have gone on to make another hundred. It was a dubious decision but it was nice to score some runs when I have been in good form.”
The right-hander helped Droitwich to 287-8 against Burghill and Tillington, supported by skipper Martyn Davies (56).
Young said: “I would like to take a lot of the credit for it but it was nice that the captain opened the batting.
“What we have lacked is people batting around me. I bat quite freely so if I give my wicket away we tend to struggle.
“I like to hit the ball hard and take advantage of the field being in early on because I bat at three. When the field go back I can mix it up and bat sensibly.
“It took a lot of pressure off me and I wasn’t worried about wickets falling so it was nice that he batted around me.”
He added: “It was the first time we have put in a proper team performance. The batsmen batted well, the bowlers bowled well and fielders held every chance that we had.”