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Croft slip to fourth after Harborne draw
1:00pm Tuesday 20th August 2013 in Local
AVONCROFT find themselves fourth in the Worcestershire League Division Three after being held to a losing draw by promotion rivals Harborne.
Alveley edged out Alvechurch and Hopwood to leap ahead of Croft, who with five matches of the season left, trail second-placed Harborne by 29 points.
Avoncroft won the toss and put their opponents from Harborne into bat on their home wicket but they paid the price as they made 332-3 in 50 overs.
Alex Reynolds (96no) and Baldev Raj (103no) forged a mighty 170-run partnership Daniel Elliott, Will Sach and Jon Bird took one wicket each.
Croft made 254-6 in reply, with Crag Hughes (119) and Bird (70no) among the runs.
They now take on Ross at home on Saturday and go to Alvechurch on Bank Holiday Monday (both 1.30pm start).
In Division Four, Chaddesley Corbett leapt back into second place and the promotion places by hammering West Malvern by 100 runs.
The hosts were put into bat after losing the toss and made 232-7 declared in 45 overs. Adam Turner (73) and Muhammad Sadiq (50) bagged Corbett’s runs.
Chaddesley’s bowlers set about dismantling Malvern’s batting order, with Saddiq (4-32) and David Perry (3-13) dismissing them for 132 in 37 overs.
Chaddesley take on Halesowen away on Saturday in their penultimate league fixture (1.30pm start).
Cutnall Green’s title hopes in Division Six are hanging by a thread.
With two games left the second-placed side trail leaders Canon Frome by 40.
They would need to lose their last two matches against Redditch and Harborne, while Green must see off Netherton away on Saturday and Ombersley on August 31 (both 1.30pm start).
While Frome were held to a winning draw by Ombersley, Cutnall defeated Redditch by nine wickets.
Matthew Harris (4-8), Kevin Shuck (4-14) and Christopher Higgins (2-24) took the wickets as Redditch were dismissed for 66 in 32 overs.
Tom Watson top-scored with 24 runs as Green reached 67-1 in reply.
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