ALL ROUNDER Ryan Trattell helped keep Bartestree & Lugwardine's league hopes alive after a vital derby victory over Herefordshire rivals Brockhampton seconds.

The bottom two sides of the Worcestershire County League Division Two met with both sides needing a win to boost their points tally.

Bartestree, looking for their first win of the season, were put into bat and lost an early wicket when Brockhampton bowler Matthew Nelson took Chris Tulacz’s with just four runs on the board.

However, Ben Simpkin steadied the ship for Bartestree with a half-century before Trattell hit a century to swing the momentum back in his side’s favour eventually losing his wicket with his side on 209-6.

Skipper Marcus Ashcroft steadied a late loss of wickets and guided his side to a target of 236-8 off their 50 overs.

In reply Brockhampton put in a steady start before captain Charles Skyrme came to the crease to give his side a boost.

Despite Skyrme building a solid total of 41 at one end Ashcroft was taking wickets at the other taking 5-15 and decimating their middle order.

Skyrme eventually lost his wicket with his side on 126-8 and they were eventually out for 138, well short of their target.

Trattell also chipped in with the bowling taking three wickets off nine overs.

A devastating spell of pace bowling from newcomer Luke Dalley put third-placed Bromyard to the sword as unbeaten Division One leaders Colwall sealed their fifth win in a row with a decisive 130-run win.

Dalley weighed in with a match-winning return of six wickets from 11 overs as Bromyard, having bowled out their hosts for a below par 177, were blown away in reply, Dan Newby and Andy Robertson backing him up with two wickets apiece to send the visitors packing for just 47 in 22.5 overs.

The 24-point win puts Colwall 15 points clear of second-placed Hagley and comfortably ahead of the rest of the table, but they had tail-enders Dalley (20) and James wagstaff (28) to thank for being able to set a reasonable target as their top order failed to fire with the bat.

Burghill, Tillington and Weobley CC kept up their charge also at the top of Division One after they took a second win of the season at Oldswinford & Stourbridge Social.

After containing their hosts to 122 runs off 44 overs Burghill managed the target reaching 124-7 off 43 overs.

Elsewhere, Eastnor kept the Division Four promotion places in sight by taking a three-wicket victory over Astwood Bank.

Colwall seconds came up against a strong Hanley Castle & Upton in Division Five and suffered a eight-wicket defeat despite setting a target of 206-9.

Meanwhile Bromyard seconds took a heavy victory by 197 runs over Harvington after setting a target of 273-7.