WORCESTER remain hot on Stourport’s heels in Worcestershire League Second XI Division One after beating Pedmore.

With leaders Stourport seeing off a weakened Cookley side by 10 wickets, Norton-based Worcester kept up the pressure thanks to 109 not out from Faisal Khalid to stay close in second.

Half centuries from Jason Clifford (86) and Ian Whitmore (66) helped Coombs Wood beat Hagley to climb into third place.

Sarah Sribala-Sundaram took 5-20 in Harborne’s six-wicket win over Droitwich Spa, while Colwall strolled to victory against fourth-placed Bewdley and Derek Austin compiled 84 not out in the second innings to ensure Worcester Nomads grabbed their second victory of the season against Feckenham.

Oldswinford regained top spot in Division Two as David James-Lanes’ 75 not out ensured they took full advantage of Lye’s defeat at Old Vigornians, beating Belbroughton.

Chaddesley are third after veteran Dave Perry’s five-wicket haul helped them to down Evesham by 13 runs.

Asim Masood scored his maiden century and Matthew Strangward took a hat trick in his return of 4-17 as Netherton beat bottom club Bartestree.

Bromsgrove lie in fifth following a 38-run victory against Rushwick while Shanajan Iqbal (106*) led Enville to glory at Wormelow.

Kidderminster pulled themselves 22 points clear at the top of Division Three after defeating second-placed Avoncroft by three wickets.

Bromyard closed the gap in third as Dan Mills grabbed (6-33) and Michael Reece scored 124 in a seven-wicket win against Stourport who had a century-maker themselves in Alan Moss who compiled 112.

Curtis Beach scored 138 not out for Alvechurch but the man-of-the-match award went to Mike Gilmour for his excellent all round performance of 90 not out and 5-75 in their win over fifth-placed Bredon.

Elsewhere, Burghill overcame Himbleton by five wickets, Jacob Short took 5-33 for Astwood Bank as they bowled Five Ways out for 55 and Eastnor were awarded a concession win by Kempsey who failed to raise a team.

Himley and Martley remain in third and fourth placed respectively in Division Four but lost ground on the top two.

Malvern defeated Himley while Malvern were forced to concede to Halesowen due to player unavailability.

Leaders Claverley beat Hanley Castle and Upton by 19 runs and second-placed West Malvern were awarded a concession win by Tenbury Wells.

Hallow Taverners also struggled to raise a team and were forced in to concede to Alveley while Deon Patel took 5-19 for Stourbridge as they bowled Romsley out to win by 24 runs.

Elsewhere, Birlingham suffered their first defeat of the season in Division Six as David Donaldson returned figures of 7-70 and Howard Nicholls hit a half century to secure the win for Old Elizabethans.