COLWALL maintained their 16-point lead at the top of Worcestershire League Division One with a crushing nine-wicket dismissal of struggling Pedmore.

In a contest that last just over two hours, Pedmore’s batting line-up was shredded by the pace and swing of Andy Robertson (5-10) and the off-spin of Richard Howitt (3-19) as they were shot out for just 54 in 24.3 overs.

In contrast it took Colwall just 43 balls to pass the target for the loss of just one wicket, Ben Febery rounding off the rout in style with 18 runs off an over to finish unbeaten on 33.

After electing to bat Pedmore managed 19 runs without loss before opener Wayne Holt was run out by Febery and when Andrew Robertson came on to have Mohammad Shouib caught off his first ball without addition the visitors were floundering.

Mike Gooch made it 21-3 as he had George Homer caught behind and from 33-3 Pedmore managed just 21 more runs as Robertson and Richard Howitt ran through the middle order and tail.

Ben Cooke took two boundaries off the first over when Colwall replied and Fergus Cameron (14no) hit a six and a four, before Febery settled it decisively with 18 off Asif Iqbal’s only over.

Bromyard remain hot on the heels of the top two sides after recording an eight-wicket victory over lowly Worcester Nomads.

Bowlers Jacob Redsull (4-19) and Gregory Leighton (3-31) made light work of the Worcester attack skittling them out for 115 off 30 overs.

In response openers Ian Bullock (32) and Nick Leighton (41) put on an opening wicket stand of 68 before their side cruised to their target off just 22 overs.

Burghill, Tillington and Weobley continued their mixed season with a 36-run defeat at the hands of Hagley.

An unbeaten 85-run stand by Michael Stead scuppered a strong Burghill attack which saw Hamish Cooke take (4-13) as the visitors reached 166-8.

In response opener Tim Walsh top scored for Burghill hitting 30 runs as they fell for 130 off 44 overs.

In Division Two, there were away defeats for both Brockhampton seconds and Bartestree and Lugwardine.

Meanwhile, Eastnor were on good batting form as they comfortably chased down a target of 200 at Coombs Wood seconds in Division Four.

Opener Mohammed Munir built the innings with an unbeaten half-century before Scott Roberts came in and hit a quick-fire 60 including six fours and three sixes.