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Spa out of danger zone despite tough weekend
5:00pm Tuesday 27th August 2013 in Local
DROITWICH edged out of the relegation zone in the Worcestershire League Division One despite a testing weekend.
Spa scrapped to a losing draw against Worcester on Saturday but were soundly beaten by fellow strugglers Pedmore on Bank Holiday Monday.
However, they moved ahead of Burghill and Tillington, who slipped to second from bottom, who lost to Worcester and Belbroughton.
With three matches of the summer left, Droitwich only have a two point lead over their rivals to avoid the drop.
Against Worcester, Spa’s opponets made 280-8, with Oliver Peppiatt hitting 94 runs after being dropped by captain Martyn Davies.
Max Young claimed four wickets in the final overs and Karl Goddard bowled 11 tight overs for just 31 at the start of the innings.
Spa's reply saw Davies fall early, but Mo Van Stratten and Max Young batted fluently to take the score to 67, before the the former fell tamely for 28.
With Van Stratten playing with increasing command it just needed the middle order to stay with him, but as so often this season, wickets tumbled regularly.
When the South African was finally out for a splendid 117, Alex Kolb (25 not out) guided Spa to the 225 target for the losing draw in the final over as the innings finished on 228 -8.
On Monday, Droitwich were no match for Pedmore despite playing at home.
The hosts batted first and ound themselves in a good position at 60-1, but when Young fell for 22, the innings lost momentum which was never recaptured.
Davies fought hard for 29, but the Pedmore bowlers all found regular movement to complement tight control of line and length.
Paul Bryan played sensibly for 50, but only a late flourish from Mike Rogers with 27 took Spa past 200 as they registered 206-8 from their 50 overs.
With Pedmore at 41-2, Droitwich were well in the game, but when keeper Stuart Bryan dropped Jim Musk with the score at 56, the game quickly swung to Pedmore as Musk and Paul Pickering found the boundary with increasing regularity.
Davies tried seven bowlers and despite Bryan picking up a rare wicket with the dismissal of Paul Pickering for 50, none of the bowlers were able to bowl as accurately as the visitors.
Dave Jones struck a breezy 33 as Musk ended on 74 as Pedmore won by 7 wickets with 10 overs to spare.
The only good news for Spa was that Fellow strugglers Burghill lost both games and Droitwich are 3 points ahead of them in 3rd bottom with 3 games left.
The relegation battle has become less clearcut as Worcester Dominies are facing a substantial points deduction for substandard facilities, which could see them automatically relegated.
Spa look to continue their escape bid at bottom side Oldswinford on Saturday (1pm start).
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