Bartestree & Lugwardine's Ashcroft bags a hat-trick but still ends up on losing side



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IT'S not often that you take a hat-trick and still end up on the losing side.

But, that is what happened to Bartestree and Lugwardine's Matt Ashcroft on Saturday.

Ashcroft finished with figures of 5-34 from his 10 overs, but it was not enough as visitors Himbleton ended up winning by five wickets in the Worcestershire County League Division Four game.

Bartestree and Lugwardine were always up against it after being bowled out for 126 - wicket-keeper David Robinson top scoring with 26.

Himbleton never looked in trouble in chasing down the total and comfortably won the match with 14 overs to spare.

It was a day to remember for Wormelow, who thrashed Feckenham by 10 wickets in Division Two.

The villagers had their visitors 36-5 and 63-8 before Tom Coulson (31) gave their final score of 108 all out some respectability.

However, it did not take long for Wormelow's opening pair of Jamie Banfield and Ben Owens to get to their target, with Banfield smashing 69 runs off just 60 balls and Owens 39 off 46.

In the same division, Burghill and Tillington lost by five wickets against Enville.

Only Barney Morgan (38), Mark Preece (27), William Oliver (23) and Stefan Hook (23) got into double figures for Burghill, with the villagers bowled out for 166.

Hook and Morgan also got a wicket apiece when Enville were put into bat, but the Staffordshire side prevailed.

In Division Three, Harborne comfortably beat Ross-on-Wye by seven wickets.

Harry Porter top scored for Ross with 68.

And, in Division Six, Simon Cottrell (38) and Ben Child (30) helped Canon Frome to a seven-wicket success against Cutnall Green.

Meanwhile, Colwall 2nd easily beat Bewdley 2nd by 36 runs.

Mathew Morgan's 70 helped Colwall reach 261 off their 50 overs, while Fergus Cameron's four wickets were key to Bewdley being skittled out for 226. In Division Three, Nick Fisher top scored with 77 in Bartestree and Lugwardine's 2nd's 56-run win against Harvington 2nd, but Burghill and Tillington 2nds lost by 52 runs against Bredon.

And it was also despair for Wormelow 2nd, who lost by nine wickets against Himley.

Thomas Price scored 46 of Wormelow's 72 runs.

Himbleton 2nd beat Ross-on-Wye 2nd by eight wickets in Division Four.


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