Mixed results for Wormelow Cricket Club teams

By Ross Gazette sports reporter in Cricket

Wormelow 1st XI travelled to take on bottom of the table Harborne CC, who were looking for a much needed victory. Having lost the toss, skipper Tom Cutler was invited to field first and saw the opposition total 258-8 from their 50 overs. Findlay Williams 2-41, Ali Main 2-46, Elliott Williams 2-55, Will Langlands 1-24 and Dylan Baynham 1-29 picked up the wickets.

The run chase got off to the worst possible start with Robbie Stonadge and Tim Langlands both departing for ducks early on. A third wicket stand of 78 between Elliott Williams (50) and Matt Deem (24) then appeared to have got things back on track. However after they departed in quick succession a steady flow of wickets Dylan Baynham (23), Findlay Williams (20) and Will Langlands (2) saw Wormelow struggling on 135-7. A spirited 8th wicket partnership of 70 between Harry Harding (18) and George Lancaster (46) gave the visitors some hope but when they both departed the writing was on the wall. Tom Cutler (1) was the last man out in the 40th over with the score on 212.

Wormelow suffered a disappointing 46 run defeat which leaves the villagers just above the relegation zone.

The 2nd XI welcomed promotion hopefuls Droitwich Spa to Kennelfield where they were looking to build on last week’s fine victory over table topping Belbroughton. Home captain Jordan Reading lost the toss and his team were invited to bat first. It was at best a disappointing display from the experienced batting line up as only opener Dave Bannerman (36) and No5 Ashley Smith (42no) got into double figures. Indeed a valuable last wicket partnership of 33 between Smith and James Powell (6) was needed to take the total over 100. The score had moved on to 132 when a determined Powell was the last man out.

In reply, the visiting batsmen were in a hurry to knock off the runs as they set about the home attack. Only Callum Omelasz (1-24) had any success as the target was reached for the loss of just 1 wicket in the 21st over.

It was a tough nine wicket defeat for the home side, next up is a local derby with Burghill, Tillington & Weobley where there will be no better place to bounce back.

At Kingstone High School, the 3rd XI hosted Bosbury 1st XI in a Marches League Division Four clash. The visitors won the toss and opted to field, an option which looked well worth taking after the early wickets of Andy Lancaster (1), Tom Parry (6) and youngster Aaron Pearson (9).

The only shining light for Wormelow early on was Under 15 batsman Chris Stonadge who was accumulating runs at a good rate. Stonadge completed his maiden senior cricket half century before eventually departing for a fine 77.

A couple of late cameo’s from the injured Luke Jones (19) and veteran Mick Merrick (24no) saw the home side finish on 208-9 from their 40 overs.

After tea the home side suffered an early setback when experienced seam bowler Chris Haston picked up a nasty foot injury in his first over.

The bowlers soon regained control though and ran through the visiting batting line up dismissing them for 124 in the 36th over.

Under 15 Jake Edmonds 2-21, Tom Parry 3-35 and off spinner Dan Hale 1-31 set things up before skipper Mick Merrick, with the fine figures 4-10, finished things off.

This was a comprehensive 84 run victory for the 3rd XI who continue to climb the league table.

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