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Only a rain dance could have saved Spa
12:00pm Friday 4th July 2014 in Sport
DROITWICH might have hoped the wet weather that blighted many of Saturday’s fixtures – including Spa’s second and third team games - would have washed out their clash at Pedmore, as they suffered an emphatic seven-wicket defeat.
Spa failed to capitalise after reducing their opponents to 20-3, with Pedmore pursuing 161, as Dan Jones blasted an outstanding 94 not out to guide his side home with more than 20 overs to spare.
Earlier in the day, Droitwich failed to recover from the departures, in quick succession, of openers Martyn Davies and Jake Young as they slumped from 38-0 to 40-3. They then collapsed further to 90-8.
Only spirited rearguard action from veteran Paul Bryan (44 not out) and tail-enders, Jack Seeley and Dave Huntbatch, provided Spa with a score of some respectability.
Spa will be hoping to bounce back at home to struggling Redditch in the Worcestershire League Division One on Saturday (1pm start).
On Sunday, Max Young’s second century of this season’s Worcestershire Sunday League campaign saw Droitwich 1sts notch a convincing six-wicket victory against Feckenham. Set 178 to win off 40 overs, Spa cruised home with nine overs to spare.
The seconds still have to win their first match of the summer despite a much-improved performance at Bewdley. On a slow wicket that gradually improved as the afternoon went on, Droitwich’s upper order failed to assert themselves until Oli Bath came to the wicket.
His 68 was the mainstay of a 177 all out total. This was probably 40 runs short of a challenging score as Bewdley eventually secured a seven-wicket win in the 33rd over. Although wicketless, Dan McCardle was the pick of the bowlers – his 8 overs costing just 21 runs.
In Division Three, Avoncroft could only manage a losing draw against Ross on Wye. After winning the toss, Croft decided to bowl first but their opponents made 255-8 in 50 overs.
Daniel Elliott (4-46) and Craig Hughes (2-41) took the wickets for the Bromsgrove side.
After a slow start, when Will Sach was bowled for one run, Andy Nicol (34) Matt Hare (41) and David James (55) got among the runs but they fell short on 201-6 in 44 overs.