A MAJESTIC unbeaten 111 from Alistair Pretty ensured Himbleton made it four Worcestershire County League Division Three wins on the spin as the Meadow Boys cruised to a five-wicket victory over rivals Avoncroft with seven overs to spare.
Avoncroft won the toss and chose to bat first in batsmen-friendly conditions but were never allowed to break away as Sam Jenkins (1-45) and the returning George Clifton (1-20) secured a steady start for the Meadow Boys.
Skipper Sean Jenkins (2-29) got the prized wicket of David James (21) to ensure the visitors never got away to make an imposing score.
Following some excellent work behind the stumps from Pretty and all-round effort from the bowlers, Himbleton were made to chase a score of 257.
Craig Hughes (64) top scored for Avoncroft while Tom Murray (39) and Luke Townsend (26) kept the runs ticking over for the visitors.
In reply, openers Jon Critchlow (44) and Stuart Dickenson (20) got Himbleton off to the perfect start as they raced to 68 after nine overs.
However, the in-form Dickenson was unfortunate in his innings after he was brilliantly caught out by Daniel Elliot at gully off the bowling of James (2-56).
Critchlow’s steady approach added to the tally before he was dismissed but the star of the day was wicket keeper all-rounder Pretty who scored a faultless 111 not out on Himbleton Day in front of a large crowd.
Pretty had the joy of playing with his 64-year-old father Tim who was drafted into the side at the last minute and also had the pleasure of hitting the winning run in his innings of one not out.
Alistair’s twin brother Ricky chipped in with 19 while Jamie Alford (24) and Jenkins (11) added runs as the Meadow Boys strolled to 258-5 in the 43rd over.
Avoncroft will hope to return to winning ways on Saturday when they entertain second-from-bottom Malvern.