Relegation danger lingers on for Bromyard

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BROMYARD remain deep in relegation danger from Division One of the Worcestershire County League after being held to a losing draw by fifth-placed Hagley.

The Herefordshire side were left four runs short of victory with two wickets in hand when they ran out of overs.

Hagley were dismissed for 223 at the end of their 50 overs.

Bromyard's reply was based around solid contributions from David Taylor (75) and Josh Tongue (46) but they were left frustratingly short of a narrow victory.

Bromyard remain at the foot of the table but they were done a favour by county rivals Colwall who saw off one-from-bottom Evesham by eight wickets.

Colwall claimed the toss at Stowe Lane and may have regretted their decision to invite Evesham to bat after openers Ali Ashgar (38) and Hamza Ahmed (25) posted 65 for the first Evesham wicket.

But Ahsgar was dismissed by Jon Gooch (3-26) who went on to dismiss Ashgar's opening partner, too, to pave the way for a winning spell by left-arm spinner Wehan Joubert.

The South African took 6-18 in a 12-over spell to destroy the Evesham innings, which never recovered after losing six wickets for 76 as they were shot out for 125.

Although skipper Dan Head was dismissed for a duck when the Colwall reply began, Joubert (19) got the score moving.

After he was dismissed, Sam Crichard, who had been recalled to the first-team on the back of successive second-team centuries, cracked an unbeaten 51 and shared an unbroken stand of 102 with Rory Jones (49 not out) as Colwall reached their target with only two balls of the 26th over bowled.

Burghill & Tillington's promotion drive in Division Two shows no sign of faltering.

The villagers chased down 256 to beat visiting Lye by three wickets to sit 79 points clear of the third-placed Oldswinford with just five games remaining.

Ross are maintaining a solid mid-table position in Division Three after a winning draw with Old Vigornians.

Skipper Seb Warwick (65) and James Tiffen (62) shared an opening stand of 108 for the south Herefordshire side and there were then quickfire contributions from Jack Donovan (42) and Ben Lander (43 not out) to set up a strong position at 279-8.

Although Harry King (4-79) bowled well for Ross, Old Vigornians batted well through the order to hold out for a losing draw at 235-9.

Division Four leaders Bartestree & Lugwardine remain in a strong position to gain promotion from Division Four despite a rare defeat at Claverley, where they were beaten by 52 runs.

Matt Ashcroft (7-63) and his brother Marcus (2-63) starred asClaverley were dismissed for 226.

But Bartestree lost early wickets in reply and although the consistent Nick Frith (39) top-scored, the title-hopefuls were bowled out for 174.

James Fortnam (103 not out) was in good form for Canon Frome who strengthened their chances of finishing at the head of the Division Six table after beating Ombersley 3rd by 141 runs.

But Fortnam's contribution was eclipsed by that of Ben Child who followed up an innings of 50 with a fine spell of 7-23 to secure the win.

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