RAIN halted proceedings and caused both local derby matches to be abandoned in the Worcestershire County League.

However, Burghill, Tillington and Weobley pulled out of the bottom two in Division One as their five points for an abandonment against Colwall placed them above a beaten Pedmore side.

Earlier in the day the Burghill had struggled with the bat and they were grateful for 39 extra runs as they were bowled out for 143, but lasted 46 overs at the crease with Daniel Newby and Ben Febery taking three wickets each.

In response Colwall openers Ben Cooke and Joseph Blight put on 34 for the opening wicket before rain stopped play.

Bromyard saw their promotion push stalled by the rain as their rivals picked up maximum winning points meaning that they lost further ground.

Their Herefordshire league rivals Wormelow, themselves desperate for a win, were put into bat and got off to a good start with openers Matt Deem (56) and Richard Stafford (42) helping their side to 142-2.

Luke Jones then carried his bat despite wickets falling around him as they finished on 240-6 before rain intervened.

Bromyard did collect two bowling points for their efforts with Jamie Abell taking 3-43 and Will Yarnold 2-59.

Bartestree & Lugwardine’s game at Enville was called off at the end of the host’s innings with the match poised and the visitors chasing 200-8.

Tom Strangward made inroads into the openers by taking 3-19 while Matthew Tulacz finished on 3-32.

Eatnor felt aggrieved to suffer a one wicket defeat in their Division Three tie against Avoncroft despite looking on the verge of victory in a bottom-half clash.

After a slow start which saw the visitors fall to 35-4 the middle-order came to Eastnor’s saviour with Scott Roberts hitting a half-century and captain Martin Loveridge reaching 44.

A resolute tail helped Eastnor to 278 all out off their 47.4 overs.

With the rain approaching Avoncroft consistently lost wickets with Dan Herbert taking 4-43 as they fell to 130-9 in the 21st over.

However, with the rain setting in Avoncroft were handed an unlikely victory because of their run rate despite needing 148 off the final wicket.