15th Oct, 2019

Season to savour for Bromsgrove's lower-level sides

Craig Gibbons 27th Sep, 2016 Updated: 17th Oct, 2016

AS BROMSGROVE Firsts battled hard to secure their Birmingham League Division One status for the 2017 campaign, there was plenty of success for the Boars’ lower-level teams.

The Seconds secured promotion from Birmingham League Division Two (South) after ending the campaign behind eventual champions Berkswell.

A youthful side claimed a 49-run victory over Stratford in their final game of the season but it was a close encounter.

Ryan Pedley starred with the bat with his 93 runs off 93 balls as he guided Bromsgrove to 231-5 from their regulatory 45 overs.

In response, Stratford were skittled out for 182 with four balls to spare as Mark Meacham (5-18) did the most damage with the ball from his nine overs while Alex Wilkinson (4-47) also chipped in to secure victory for the Boars.

There was also joy for the Fourths as they secured their second promotion in three years after finishing as runners-up in Worcestershire County League Division Three Second XI.

With a team filled with a mix of talented juniors and wily veterans, they thumped Kidderminster in their season finale as Neale Ingram (151 no) and Thomas Downing (100 no) scoring their first centuries for the club.

Meanwhile, the under-11s beat Beacon CC to claim the Worcestershire County Board Competitions Premier title while the under-tens walked away with the Worcestershire County Board Competitions Knock Out Cup after defeating Droitwich in the final.

Club chairman Nick Husbands said: “Over the past few years the club has invested considerably in junior cricket and now, thanks to the efforts of our group of dedicated coaches and our enthusiastic and talented youngsters, we are reaping the rewards.

“The playing future of the club looks very bright and we will push on next season for further success.”

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