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Max's power kick-starts Spa escape bid
5:09pm Monday 19th August 2013 in Local
DROITWICH stopped the rot and kick-started their survival bid as they defeated fellow relegation rivals by Burghill and Tillington by 142 runs in Worcestershire County League Division One.
Max Young inspired Spa to success with an impressive 127 runs, scoring ten sixes during a destructive innings which could have turned their desperate season around.
Victory means second from bottom Spa are now trailing Burghill, who are directly above, by just two points.
Captain Martyn Davies returned to the side after his three match ban and he also forged a 150 run partnership with the prolific Young and scored 56 runs.
Paul Bryan also chipped in with a sensible knock of 33 not out and guided Spa to an imposing 287-8.
The visitors’ opening bowlers Mike Rogers (3-37)and Phil Thomas (2-29) then tore into the Burghill top order sharing five wickets in the first 16 overs.
Thomas also took a stunning diving catch at backward point to remove a resolute Josh Hale for 25.
Will Bury, playing his first Saturday first team match of the season, took two quick wickets and it was left to South African Mo Van Stratten to take the final wicket in the 34th over as the hosts were dismissed for 146.
Davies said: “It was good to get the monkey off our back.
“We’ve been on a bad run but this was an important win for the team, if we can get a good couple of results over the weekend then there’s no doubt that we can get out of the situation we’re in.
“I told Max to go out and play with freedom and he scored a brilliant innings.”
With Worcester Nomads and Evesham both looking in danger of being relegated from the Birmingham League into the Worcestershire League it looks as though there is a chance that more than two sides could go down from Division One.
Davies said: “The situation is not set in stone and at this stage we don’t know what’s going to happen.
“All we can do is keep getting results and hope it’s enough.”
Spa have two more vital games over the Bank Holiday weekend as they travel to Worcester on Saturday and host Pedmore on Monday (both 1.30pm start).
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