Cricket
Spa edge home in low scoring contest

By Jamie Arrowsmith 14/05 Updated: 15/05 11:58

DROITWICH returned to Worcestershire Cricket League Division One winning ways on Saturday when securing a nervy two-wicket home success against Redditch.

The low scoring encounter turned out to be a thriller as Spa looked well on top at halfway, having dismissed their visitors for 92, but Australian Aidan Andrews bowled Redditch right back in contention with figures of 7-33 from 20 overs before the hosts eventually managed to fall over the line.

Following last week's capitulation at Hagley, when Spa were dismissed for 72, it appeared their batting frailties were going to cost them again as they fell to 68-7.

All-rounder Matt Biggs batted with great composure at number eight though to make 17 whilst it was left to Adam Crowle to hit the winning boundary, taking Spa to 94-8 in the 42nd over.

Spa looked very well set at 26-1 but Andrews bowled with excellent control to rip through the top order as only Jake Young (14) and Jerome Connor (11) were able to offer any resistance.

On a blameless pitch, Redditch had batted equally poorly against testing seam bowling.

Spa's stand in skipper Mike Rogers (3-27) bowled a superb opening spell and Karl Goddard's impressive start to the season continued as he once again bowled 17 overs straight through to finish with excellent figures of 4-28.

Only Chris Weaver (28) and Yassar Altaf (22) offered real resistance as they rescued the visitors from 35-7 to post what ultimately proved to be a challenging score.

Spa, who travel to Coombs Wood on Saturday, will be without the services of captain Martyn Davies for several weeks as he recovers from a broken finger sustained in the field at Hagley last week.

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