CHADDESLEY Corbett Cricket Club have continued their fine start to the Worcestershire County League Premier Division after continuing their 100% winning start with a win over Redditch on matchday two.
Stourport-on-Severn are the only other side to have two wins from the opening two matches in the top tier – but it is Chaddesley Corbett who top the league having earned eight more points following another high scoring win on Saturday.
In-form batsmen Waqas Ahmed and Mohammed Sajid were the main threats for their side, scoring 93 and 82 runs respectively, which placed Chaddesley Corbett with a first innings total of 265-9.
Waqas Ahmed then took six wickets for just 30 runs in the second innings to put his side in a commanding position for the victory, with Redditch eventually finishing on 154 all out.
Over in Division One, Droitwich Spa were subjected to a heavy defeat by Oldwinsford, after being run out for just 123 runs.
Droitwich won the toss and elected to field, with a target of 203 set by the hosts from their opening innings.
That total looked set to be enough for an Oldwinsford victory when Spa’s Jez Hanson, Adam Shaw and Stuart Bryan all went for ducks, whilst captain Martyn Davies was also dismissed early on – despite hitting a quickfire 28 runs.
It left Spa on 30-4 and in a precarious position, although sixth batsman Paul Bryan helped his side’s cause by hitting 55 prior to an lbw call.
From there, the wickets quickly tumbled, with Matthew Gurr, Jack Eaton, Carl Thomson, Adam Keen and Phillip Thomas (not out) contributing only 15 runs between them as the final five batsmen.
The bowling of Rhys Williams caused great problems, taking five of the dismissals to see his side home to victory.
Spa next hosts Worcester Nomads next on Saturday (1pm), who beat Belbroughton by three wickets last weekend.
In Division Two, Bromsgrove’s second XI fell by seven wickets to Halesowen, who had Thomas Williams (71) in red hot form to help guide them towards the 171 run target.
Barnt Green’s second XI made the short trip to Himbleton, where they found their way to a five-wicket win, despite Sean Jenkins hitting 56 runs as the top-scoring batsman.
Bromsgrove’s third XI lost out by 118 runs to Harborne third XI, which put them top of the pile in Division Four.
Mark Bilbrough (41) and Tom Smith (30) were the top batsmen for Bromsgrove, but fell to the spectacular bowling of Ahsan Sarwar, who took five wickets for just 26 runs to ensure his side’s total of 286-4 would not be matched.
In Division Five, Chaddesley Corbett seconds fell to a 69 run loss at the hands of Claverley, after being bowled all out for 173 when chasing the hosts’ 242-8 score.
Over in the Birmingham & District Premier Division Two, Bromsgrove’s first XI opened their campaign with a 78 run loss at the hands of Halesowen.
Winning the toss and electing to field, Halesowen stood on 26 runs for three thanks to two wickets from Alex Wilkinson and an opening wicket for Gareth Williams.
Halesowen lost Alexei Kervezee (5), Wesley Griffiths (11), Charlie Hartley (4) and Ramanjot Jaswal (8), before Hassan Qaumi (69) and Harry Kitchen (26) put Bromsgrove to the sword.
By the time Qaumi was dismissed as the final batsman, Halesowen had posted a total of 201 from 46.4 overs, leaving the hosts with a difficult challenge.
The hosts lost opener Mike Hingley after facing just three balls, bowled out by Hartley.
Nick Davies (15) was then dismissed by Eddie Rhodes, before Deon Patel and Matthew Dallaway (lbw) were also removed in quick succession to leave Bromsgrove on 27-4.
Needing a response, Tom Hill and Alex Milton struck up a partnership of 35 runs before the former was run out, whilst Mohammed Aqeeb (6) went for an lbw to leave the hosts on a precarious 87 for six.
Mark Evenson (5) and Alex Wilkinson (3) fared no better, whilst top batsman Alex Milton was eventually bowled by Hartley after hitting 48.
Mikey Wyres was then bowled out to leave Bromsgrove with a lowly 123 total after 32.2 overs and hand them a defeat.