ON a beautiful summer afternoon at the Clenchers Mill Lane ground Eastnor got off to a good start by winning the toss and putting the opposition in to bat.


Droitwich made a positive start going at five an over until the fifth over when Eastnor struck, Steve Large clean-bowling the Droitwich opener. Droitwich continued to score freely until the ninth over when Large took the wicket of G Wright again clean bowling him with an unplayable in-swinging delivery.

Eastnor then took command in the field, Josh Emery took a wicket with his first delivery (1-29) and put the opposition on the back foot with his pace and aggression. It was turning out to be the Steve Large show as the Eastnor medium pacer bowled with control, accuracy and good pace, to which the Droitwich batsmen had no reply. Large finished with personal best figures of 8-44.

The only resistance was in the form of the Droitwich captain Dave Stephens with a rapid 35 and he was the final wicket to fall, this being taken by his nemesis Dave Jones (1-4). Droitwich finishing all out for 113 in 28.1 overs.

In reply the Eastnor opening pair of Dave Jones and Simon Astbury were meticulous in their approach to the task before them. The pair picking off the runs slowly but with ease as the opposition opening bowlers did well to defend their low total. It was not until the 18th over that Droitwich made their breakthrough as Dave Jones was caught behind off the bowling of Hunt (3-51). Scott Roberts came to the wicket and accelerated the run rate with bright innings of 16 and was out attacking the bowling being caught at extra cover off the bowling of Darlison (1-15).

Simon Astbury then fell for a stoic 22, lbw off one that kept very low. This left Mark Wildig (11no) and Josh Emery (29) to see the home club to virtual victory, Emery falling with just five runs short of the required total after a boundary filled cameo from the young all-rounder.

The newly elected captain Jon Peplow was there to guide the winning run for what was a fine all-round team performance.