Spa men crash to woeful defeat

First published in Sport

DROITWICH Spa firsts produced their worst performance of the season to lose by four wickets against Coombs Wood in Worcestershire League Division One at St Peters Fields.

Stand-in skipper Mike Rogers won the toss and chose the attacking option to bat first.

Stuart Bryan fell early for 24 and against some steady seam bowling, Jake Young and Jerome Connor took the score to 84, before the latter was caught for 30. Young quickly followed for 20 and Spa had to rebuild their innings, but wickets fell regularly.

It was left to David Lane to guide the home side to 188-7 with a fluent 33 not out.

Wood started their innings in aggressive fashion, but slipped to 61-3.

Samuel Perazza (42) then started to find the boundary regularly as Spa’s bowlers struggled to apply pressure.

After Perazza fell, captain Mike Langford (38no) continued to ensure the visitors were always ahead of the rate and a flurry of dropped catches handed them the game with three overs to spare.

Jake Young and Adam Crowle were the pick of the Spa attack with two wickets apiece.

Chaddesley Corbett continue to widen the gap between themselves and the relegation zone in Division Three after beating Stourbridge Social by five wickets.

Rob Hirons took six wickets as Social, put into bat, were dismissed for 91.

Sam Robinson (19no) and Nathan Glass (32no) then guided Corbett to 92-5 in reply.

Chaddesley now have a 20-point advantage over second-from-bottom Malvern.

In Division Four, Avoncroft slipped out of the promotion places to third after losing draw against leaders Lye.

Put into the field by the home side, Croft bowled Lye out for 184, with Adam Rodway taking 4-30 and Ian Carpenter (6-65).

However, they made a poor start with the bat and lost Craig Hughes without scoring.

Tom Murray (31) and David James (19) got among the runs but Croft were kept to 90-8.

They are now trail second-placed Ross-on-Wye by eight points.

Fixtures — Worcestershire League Division One 1st XI: Colwall v Droitwich.

Division One 2nd XI: Droitwich v Colwall.

Division Three 1st XI: Chaddesley Corbett v Birlingham.

Division Three 2nd XI: Birlingham v Chaddesley Corbett.

Division Four 1st XI: Bromsgrove v Cleobury Mortimer; Old Hill v Avoncroft.

Division Four 2nd XI: Barnt Green v Lye; Halesowen v Bromsgrove.

Division Five 1st XI: Claverley v Barnt Green.

Division Six: Ombersley v Cutnall Green.

Division Eight: Droitwich Spa v Hagley.

Division Nine: Chaddesley Corbett v Redditch. All matches 1.30pm start.

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