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Heavy defeats have Spa staring down the barrel
12:03pm Thursday 17th July 2014 in Sport
Droitwich's three Saturday sides continue to look over their shoulders with only one victory at the weekend and all teams now facing relegation dogfights.
The Firsts suffered their biggest defeat of the season as they were crushed by 10 wickets at the hands of Pershore and now face table-toppers Worcester this weekend only 16 points clear of the drop zone.
Surprisingly put into bat, a second-wicket partnership of 70 between Kris Corbett and Max Young looked to be setting a solid foundation but their dismissals in quick succession saw Spa stutter. Despite Paul Bryan and Martyn Davies rebuilding the innings by putting on nearly 40 and then valiant efforts by Alex Kolb and Jez Hanson, no batsman was able to put together a substantial score - a common failing for Droitwich this season.
Set 176 to win in 58 overs, Spa had to take early wickets and restrict the opposition batsmen but it never happened as brothers in arms, Liam and Chris Ridings, scored with ease - the former hitting a century as the visitors romped home with 27 overs to spare.
Droitwich Seconds registered their first league win of the season, which could prove priceless in the weeks ahead as it put them just one point clear of the bottom two. The convincing five-wicket victory at Rushwick was inspired by a chanceless 84 not out from Gary Cartwright and 51 from the aggressive James Gibson.
In Division 6 of the Worcestershire League, an exact reverse of the Seconds scoreline saw Droitwich Thirds falter at home to Rushwick - a result leaving them level with second bottom side Stone.