THIS was a good team performance from West Malvern at mathon Court on Sunday winning by 111 runs.


Put in by Fladbury they batted solidly with good contributions from a number of players. Jon Harris hit a six off the penultimate ball of the last over of the home side's innings to secure his 50. This represented a good return to form for Jonathon in a brief sojourn with us between University and work. Matthew Blackbourn played his first weekend game for seven weeks and his 23 along with the 27 from Roy Blackshaw kept the innings moving along. M Martin for Fladbury bowled very sharply for 18 overs and ended with figures of 4 for 42 so the West always had to work for their runs.

At tea the West had moved their score to 187 for 6 from 39 overs and duly declared.

Fladbury put on 38 runs for their first wicket which went down in the ninth over. The first four Fladbury wickets to fall went to Steve Daly who bowled quickly and straight for ten overs for fine figures of 4-14.

Sporting a larger than usual number of younger players the West's fielding was excellent and made their visitor's task even harder. Matt Blackbourn's excellent slip catch of the bowling of Daly followed several fine stops in the slips by Matt and Jon Harris.

Duncan Cooper's ability to keep wicket up to the stumps even for the medium pace bowlers gave the batsmen a good deal to worry about.

Chris Martin's speed in the outfield and very safe hands saw him make a crucial run out at the end to prevent Fladbury putting up the shutters. Bob Blackbourn and Andy Key took the last five wickets for eight runs in 7.2 overs and Fladbury fell well short of the required total with their 6 all out. The game was over with 7.4 overs of the final 20 still to bowl.

After 20 overs of the innings Fladbury were 63 for 3. They were all out for 76 only 7.2 overs later and great credit must go to captain James Blackshaw for the way he pressed home the home side's advantage.