Ombersley stretch lead at top of table

Worcester News: Ombersley stretch lead at top of table Ombersley stretch lead at top of table

OMBERSLEY extended their lead at the top of the Birmingham and District Premier Cricket League Division One table to 11 points over Worcestershire rivals Barnards Green.

The high-flying villagers enjoyed an eight-wicket demolition of mid-table Harborne, who were dismissed for 177 in 53.5 overs.

Guriq Randhawa top-scored with 61, while Neil Slade took 5-39 for the leaders, who raced to victory in 26.2 overs with Ollie Steele unbeaten on 77.

Liam Gwynne hit 51 and Jason Smith scored 48 as Ombersley showed they will be a force to be reckoned with for the rest of the season.

Barnards Green were frustrated by the weather at Shifnal, where a delay of 57 minutes took 17 overs from the home side’s reply to the visitors’ total of 234-6.

Young Worcestershire prospects Alex Hepburn (102) and George Rhodes (43) led the way for Green with Muhammad Ayub taking 3-58 for Shifnal, who reached 125-6 from 38 overs with Tom Home unbeaten on 29.

Promotion favourites Bromsgrove crashed to a damaging defeat against a weakened Old Hill side, who moved up to fourth place.

Tom Underhill scored 48 in Bromsgrove’s disappointing total of 127, which Old Hill passed with two wickets to spare.

Worcester side Old Elizabethans reached 308-6 against Brewood in Division Two, thanks to 126 from Cumberland’s Jonathan Miles, 64 from Johan Smit and 57 from Jamie Boyle.

Robbie Byrne took 4-62 for Brewood with all four wickets in a single over, including a hat-trick.

In reply, Brewood reached 226-7 with 67 from Chris Tranter and 56 from Bruce Thomason.

Liam Booth finished with 4-56 for OEs, who moved above their rivals into sixth place in the table.

Halesowen won the toss at Eastnor, elected to bat and were dismissed for 75 with Shaheed Ahmed taking 5-19 and Sajid Ali picking up 3-36.

In reply, Eastnor cruised to 51 without loss before Mahroof Azam (5-20) and Zain Shahid (2-11) made the Herefordshire side sweat as they lost seven wickets before reaching their target. Premier Division leaders West Bromwich Dartmouth took the lion’s share of the points from their top-of-the-table clash with second-placed Brockhampton.

The Herefordshire side slipped to third place following Berkswell’s winning draw against Kidderminster Victoria.

Kadeer Ali (83) and Basit Zaman (43) laid the foundations for Dartmouth’s total of 253-7 in 55 overs before Brockhampton replied with 201-6 from 52 overs after the first innings was interrupted for 11 minutes.

Zeeshan Asif added 39 for Dartmouth, while Brockhampton all-rounder Chris Boroughs picked up 3-64.

In reply, skipper Ben Stebbings scored 87 and Nick Powell finished unbeaten on 27.

Opening batsman Mark Best scored 114 for Berkswell as they amassed 289-6 against Kidderminster, while skipper Jonathan Wright took 5-82.

Nick James hit 56 and Dominic Ostler 48 not out in a Berkswell total, which proved beyond the visitors, who finished on 233-6.

Staffordshire all-rounder Michael Hill was unbeaten on 91 at the close and Andy Siwicki scored 41 for Kidderminster, while Tom Milnes, on his return to league bowling action, took 3-20.

Reigning champions Shrewsbury continued to struggle and sit five points above the danger zone after a three-wicket defeat to Barnt Green, who moved up to sixth place.

Tom Cox (36) top-scored in Shrewsbury’s total of 188-9 with Tom Brown (4-29) and Andy Sutton (3-44) among the wickets for Green.

Although Elliot Green took 4-49 for Shrewsbury, 51 from Nathan Newport, 30 from Luke Radford and 28 from Tom Burton saw Green to their first win of the season in the 55-over format.

In Division Three, high-flying Stratford picked up 24 points against Astwood Bank.

Dexter Purser (53) and Ben Pigott (40) saw Stratford to 175-7 with John Summers taking 4-29 for the Worcestershire side.

But fifth-from-bottom Bank were bowled out for 148 in reply as Tom Grundy finished with 4-37.

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