AVONCROFT suffered a second defeat in a row in Worcestershire County League Division Three, losing by five wickets to Old Elizabethans.
Old Elizabethans put the hosts into bat after winning the toss, a call which paid dividends when Avoncroft’s Chris Pitt (1) and Ben Warwick (5) were both out early on, though opener Daniel Elliot hit 32 before falling at the third wicket.
David Anson (17) and Josh Cound (24) put on 34 in the fifth wicket, before both were dismissed in quick succession to leave the hosts on 95-6.
The tailenders that came into bat were unable to add runs that were suffice to trouble Old Elizabethans, barring a masterclass from the Avoncroft bowlers, as the hosts were out for 114.
Elliot followed up his efforts with the bat with a stunning 5-55, but similar to the first innings, his team-mates were unable to match the same standards.
Jude Rees (33) and Jake Greenbank (28) formed a match-winning partnership of 61 in the sixth wicket to take Old Elizabethans to 116-5 and win the game.
Avoncroft have two opportunities to return to winning ways this weekend, starting with this evening’s (Friday) WCL Midweek Shield quarter-final clash with Redditch (6.15pm), before a trip to Stourbridge on Saturday (1pm) in the league.
Croft’s second string were also in action, falling to a crushing 120-run defeat at Birlingham in Division Eight.
Putting the hosts into bat, Birlingham were quick to accumulate early runs and hit 132 courtesy of opener Sam Robinson alone.
Fellow opening batsman Martin Downes hit 36, whilst Alan Keylock notched 67, as Birlingham finished their innings on 321-8.
There were a couple of wickets each for the trio of Anthony Pittam (2-40), Mark Whitehead (2-51) and Christopher Ward (2-54), but they were up against it going into the second innings.
Avoncroft were struggling at 25-3, but were boosted by the 79-run partnership between Mark Wood (27) and unbeaten centurion David Apperley (112).
The remaining order continued to fall at regular intervals, meaning Avoncroft were out for 201 after 41 overs.
Croft Seconds have a chance to leapfrog Cleobury Mortimer, who visit on Saturday (1pm), and potentially rise as high as third with a win.