WORCESTER went above Old Elizabethans in the Worcestershire Cricket League Premier Division table after winning the big derby at Norton by 39 runs.

Raminda Wijesooriya’s 88 was not enough for OEs in their reply of 175 all out after Worcester were dismissed for 214 in 46.4 overs.

The Perdiswell Park side, who fell to eighth, ended with six points as the hosts claimed 20 to climb to sixth.

Put into bat, Worcester saw off the opening bowlers with 39 for the first wicket before Sam Ford had Henry Lewis (22) caught behind.

Joe Blight fell in the same over lbw for just four, leaving Worcester on 43-2.

Clark Knapton started well but Worcester lost opener Aditya Dhadwal (17) caught at point off Eliot Bartlett.

A loose spell allowed Mark Jones to settle, putting on 64 with Knapton for the fourth wicket.

Jones (26) fell to Archie Oxley (1-38), starting a difficult period for the home side.

Zain Hussain was out next over lbw to Sam Harn for a duck.

But little partnerships dragged Worcester to a good score on an uneven pitch despite regular wickets.

Ford chipped away at the lower order, having Mohammad Adeel (16) caught behind, Knapton (59) at short third man, Rob Goodman (23) at long-on and Jabran Khalid (0) at long-off.

Captain Luke Deeprose (17) was the last to fall off Harn (2-25) as Ford finished with 6-51.

OEs found scoring difficult early on with Adeel getting inconsistent bounce throughout his 10 overs.

Opener Ted Goodwin was caught behind for seven.

Angus Rees (3) and Jamie Boyle (12) battled before the former was bowled by Adeel while the latter dragged onto his own stumps to leave the away side on 30-3.

Will French (10) got a couple of early boundaries before he was out caught and bowled, giving Adeel (4-13) his fourth wicket.

But wickets continued to fall after Adeel’s spell.

Alex Bastable (4) was caught behind off Dhadwal, Michael Cooper run out backing up in a freak dismissal and Oxley bowled by a ball that turned from Khalid (1-27) with the latter two failing to score.

Bartlett (11) got off the mark with a six but was bowled by Dhadwal (2-53), leaving OEs on 91-8.

Wijesooriya then dominated a partnership of 70 with Harn but fell for 88 off just 85 balls including 11 fours and three sixes.

OEs’ last hopes went with him.

With 54 still required and just a few overs left Harn (30) had to hit out but was bowled by Hussain (2-37) in the 47th over.

A few too many boundary balls and wides cost OEs dear.