A NARROW two-wicket defeat saw Burghill, Tillington and Weobley drop points in the Worcestershire County League Division One, after they just failed to stop Bredon reaching their target with two overs remaining.

Following their opening day draw with Bromyard the Burghill following were treated to another day of exciting cricket on a day when no bails were used due to the gusty wind.

After electing to bat opener Alex Hedges hit a half-century before being bowled and caught by Martin Hill with his side on 92-2.

Bredon bowler Richard Bruce limited the hosts attack taking four wickets with a 30 from Ben Parkinson bolstering the total before Clive Chadhani hit 26 late in the innings to help Burghil close on 175-7 off their 50 overs.

With the ball Sam Williams made early inroads into the Bredon attack with two quick wickets before Clive Fenney (43) boosted the visitors to 108-3.

Visiting skipper Martin Hill carried his team to victory with an unbeaten 93 despite wickets falling around him reaching 176-8 with two overs spare.

Meanwhile Colwall have taken an early lead in the Worcestershire Division One after taking a 67-run victory at Hagley thanks to a century by captain Ben Cooke.

Cooke was quickly into his stride having lost the toss with him and opening partner Nick Panniers adding 55 for the first wicket before the latter gave a return catch to Hurst for 19.

James Abel, Ben Wheeler and Nick Brown all fell cheaply as Cooke continued to thrive moving to 75 out of 115-4 in the 31st over before solid support from Andy Robertson (24) and Ben Febery (31) helped take the score past 200.

Cooke then cut loose to reach 125 out of 217-6 before he was finally caught, but a late flurry of runs from Mike Gooch (17no) took the final total to 244-8.

In response Andrew Robertson took figures of 5-65 as Hagley were bowled out for 177.

Bromyard had to settle for a winning draw after the Belbroughton tale proved a stubborn one.

The visitors set a total of 203-6 off their 50 overs thanks to a half-century by the reliable Zahid Saeed and

Rob Willis with 39.

In response early wickets from Josh Van Rensburg (3-36) and Gregory Leighton (3-39) had the hosts down at 15-3 before wicket keeper Peter Hawk added 75 leading his side to 149-8 off 50 overs.

Elsewhere Brockhampton seconds held firm to take a losing draw against Lye in Division Two after being set a target of 296-8 eventually finishing on 155-6.

Finally Eastnor were beaten by Halesowen 3rds in Division Four.