COLWALL opened up a 28-point lead at the top of Worcestershire County League Division One after they sealed a three-wicket win at Burghill, Tillington and Weobley, while nearest rivals Hagley crashed to an eight-wicket setback on Saturday.

Colwall’s slightly edgy victory was clinched by their bowlers, five of whom took two wickets each to dismiss the hosts for a paltry 90 runs in 39.1 overs, with Sam Williams top of them with 2-16.

A decent start for Burghill had seen opener Clive Chadhani hit 21 before wickets started to fall with only Toby Wildig (20) adding any resistance.

Colwall’s victory charge became a bit of a scramble as they themselves lost seven wickets before prevailing thanks to partly to a knock of 28 by Andrew Robertson.

Burghill’s success with the ball saw two wickets each for James Burston, Sam Williams and Hamish Cooke.

Bromyard sit just four points behind the second promotion place following an emphatic nine-wicket win over basement side Bredon.

Visiting opener Oliver Cox carried his bat through the majority of his side’s innings until top bowler David Taylor (4-13) eventually took his wicket and Bredon were bowled out for just 75.

Bromyard opener Ian Bullock laid the foundations of the chase with an unbeaten 24 and he was joined at the crease by Rob Willis (30no).

Brockhampton seconds maintained their fight to avoid relegation in Division Two as they chased down a target of 204 set by Himbleton.

In a solid team batting display Max Foster boosted a good start with 41 runs before George Mokler came in with an unbeaten half century leading them to 205-5 off 44 overs.

Bartestree & Lugwardine look increasingly stranded at the bottom of Division Two after suffering an agonising nine-run defeat to promotion hopefuls Barnt Green 2nds.

Eastnor’s mixed season continued after they fell 14 runs short of their target against Romsley & Hunnington.

Raheel Lone took 4-26 to restrict the visitors to 198 all out with Iqbal Kasana (50) and Adnan Wahid (76) doing the damage.

In reply Frederick Coleman hit 62 including eight fours and three sixes but fell to the bowling of Edward Holland (4-21).