A COMPREHENSIVE five-wicket win against Stourbridge Seconds ensured Avoncroft bounced back in style to end a run of two consecutive defeats in Worcestershire County League Division Three.
Daniel Elliott was the star of the show for Avoncroft, taking four wickets for 20 runs, before hitting 33 during a second-wicket partnership of 70 with Anthony Ogley (26) as his side reached the hosts’ total of 152 in the 27th over.
After deciding to field first, Avoncroft took wickets at regular intervals, including Elliot dismissing opener Heran Patel (0) and a trio of wickets for Anthony Ogley (3-24).
But Mohammed Jevaad Nazir (104) held together the Stourbridge batting until he departed with the score at 137-5, and the remaining wickets quickly tumbled to leave them 152 all out in the 29th over.
Andy Pittam and Josh Cound both took a wicket each, either side of three dismissals from Elliot.
Avoncroft opened their innings with an early dismissal for Chris Pitt at 10-1, before a 70-run stand between Elliot and Ogley regained the momentum.
They both fell within two runs of each other to leave the score 82-3 before the departures of Cound (7) and Craig Hughes (18) had them at 140-5.
But Ben Warwick (30 not out) and Jonty Heslop (1 not out) guided their side to an excellent win.
The Croft, currently in fifth place, prepare to host strugglers Rushwick on Saturday (1pm), while the second XI head to Martley (1pm) in Division Eight, after last weekend’s game against Cleobury Mortimer was called off.