AVONCROFT brought an end to Kempsey’s 100 per cent winning record in Worcestershire County League Division Three at the weekend.
However, the emphatic 111-run victory over the league leaders was dampened after Kempsey’s Samuel O’Neill suffered a fractured skull in the first innings.
Croft’s Paul Athey crashed an unbeaten 90 as the hosts recovered from 61-5 to reach 258-8 from their allocated 50 overs.
Skipper Mark Whitehead chipped in with 55 before Croft hustled out Kempsey 147 in the 31st over, with Daniel Elliott claiming four wickets for 52 runs from his ten overs.
“There was little enjoyment taken from the win given the circumstances,” said Whitehead.
“It was a terrible injury and it certainly affected players on both teams on the day.
“We are all really glad to hear that he has now been discharged from hospital and hoping that he can make a return to the game soon.
“Paul Athey’s knock of 90 was excellent and helped set us a target that even without Sam would be achievable given the depth in the Kempsey squad.
“It took some special moments from us with the ball and in the field – notably Dave Anson with two magical pieces of fielding to get two big wickets in their team.
“The 20 points were ones I assumed we would not be getting so it now gives us a chance to be pushing hard on the tail of the top four which was always my goal from the start of the season.”
Avoncroft will look to continue their good form into Saturday’s clash against Malvern who have won their last four games on the bounce to rocket from the bottom-of-the-table up to sixth.
“Malvern will be no push-overs and whoever takes the points has the chance to kick on towards the top four,” added Whitehead.
“I am optimistic that if we apply ourselves we can get a good result.”