BROMYARD continued their push up the Worcestershire County League Division One and moved into the second promotion position following a 58-run win over local rivals Colwall.

League leaders Colwall paid the price for missing three front-line bowlers and keeper Ben Wheeler.

However, the visitors began the game well enough as Andrew Robertson took two early wickets in a ten-over spell that yielded just 28 runs.

Bromyard opener Ian Bullock had other ideas and proved the mainstay of the home innings as he compiled a patient unbeaten 113 off 149 balls, including 16 fours and a six, while all-rounder Josh Van Rensburg smashed four sixes and 13 fours in a 58-ball 90 that put the game beyond Colwall’s reach.

Bromyard eventually finished their innings after 50 overs on an impressive 305-7.

With the bat Colwall had a disastrous start when opener James Waters lost his wicket without a single run on the board.

Skipper Ben Cooke (30) looked to have stabilised the innings alongside Andy Robertson with a second wicket partnership of 77 before the former was caught and bowled by Gregory Leighton.

Robertson capped a fine all-round display with a solid 97 but with little support his side were bowled out for 247.

Pick of the Bromyard attack was Edward Reece who took 3-40.

Colwall remain 33 points above second place Bromyard with five games remaining with two being promoted. However, third place Hagley are just two points behind Bromyard.