STOURBRIDGE tightened their grip on the Worcestershire County League Premier Division with a comfortable victory.

Jitesh Jivan-Patel took 6-28 as Stour removed lowly Feckenham for 131, a total they easily chased down.

Redditch beat Chaddesley Corbett by the same margin after Tom Field (64*) and Rizwan Chaudhry (58*) found form with the bat.

Astwood Bank moved up the table as Tom Pedley's 114 helped them post 217 against Pershore who were dismissed for 204.

Old Elizabethans are still in contention after a three wicket win over Bewdley and Old Hill make up the top six as Navdeep Poonias first innings 65 and Nigel Davenport's second innings 4-22 helped secure the points against Evesham.

Worcester recovered from 139-9 snatched an unlikely victory against fellow strugglers Stourport with just one ball to spare.

Alex Gregory's 6-30 breathed life into the division one title race by securing a win for third placed Coombs Wood against leaders Colwall, who were joined at the top by Hagley after skipper Michael Stead 56 not out steered them to a five wicket win against Bredon.

Cookley were beaten by 117 runs at Pedmore and Bromyard were beaten by four runs at Burghill.

Belbroughton continued their run of good form by outclassing visiting Worcester Nomads with a first innings 235-2.

Oldswinford's 180 all out was enough to beat basement side Droitwich Spa to move comfortably clear of the relegation zone.

In division two the top two sides Ombersley and Lye both won again to maintain their sixty point gap at the top.

Declan Lines (128), Dominic D’Oliveira (65) and a fine all round performance from Ryan D’Oliveira (55* and 4-3) helped Ombersley outclass Bartestree while Nadeem Hussain (55) helped Lye over the line against Astwood Bank in a rain reduced match.

Barnt Green's Ben Dunn (5-10) led them to an easy win against Himbleton, Himley continued their good form by beating struggling Brockhampton in rain reduced match.

Contributions from Tom Green (87), Greg Chinn (52) and Alex Wilkinson (61 and 6-28) helped Bromsgrove win at a canter against Halesowen.

Elsewhere, a first innings century from Craig Wood and 70 from James Williams helped Kidderminster amass 273-7 against lowly Enville, the evergreen Mark Mansell took 4-17 in the second innings to ensure the points.

In division three leaders Netherton brushed aside lowly Rushwick to stay top, Thomas Genders (84*), Iftikar Ali (60) and Harry Sekhon (54) all compiled half centuries for Old Hill as they forced their way in to the promotion places with a win against last week's second placed team Old Vigornians who slip to third.

Barnards Green sit in fourth after Will Dovey (109), Andy Wheeler (90) and Ben Sutton (52) helped them compile a huge first innings (354-5) which proved too many for Pershore to chase despite a fine (151*) in return by Michael Hines.

In other matches, Kempsey are now fifth and still in touch as they beat Old Elizabethans in a rain reduced match, Redditch moved into sixth by beating Avoncroft who, despite winning the WCL Shield competition in mid-week continue to slide in the league and Stourbridge beat Martley by three wickets in a rain reduced run chase which puts them just four points behind tenth placed Rushwick at the bottom.

In division four just under 750 runs were scored at the Knotts Ground as leaders Harborne, thanks to first innings centuries from Kevin Wijesinge (128) and Arpit Bhargava (108), posted 411-8 in the first innings.

The total unsurprisingly proved too many for a spirited Bromsgrove to chase despite posting a second innings total of 336-7 thanks to Matthew Anderson (96) and Ben Johnson (83).

Worcester travelled to Stourport and came away with a win which helped them leap frog their opponents in to the promotion places.

Bewdley remain fourth despite being beaten at sixth placed Five Ways Old Edwardians where James Hamilton (109) and Zafron Ahmed (5-35) starred for the home team and Alvechurch & Hopwood remain fifth despite losing at Eastnor for whom Scott Roberts took a second innings 5-19.

In other matches, Andy Clayton (82) and Dennis Freeman (5-18) were the main protagonists for Astwood Bank as they secured a welcome win against Coombs Wood and Adnan Wahid (5-5) helped Romsley & Hunnington to a comfortable eight wicket win against bottom side Halesowen.

In division five it was business as usual for the top four as T Hussain (83) and Abid Cheema (64) ensured leaders Lye remained on top as they posted more than 300 in the first innings to set up a comfortable victory against visitors Malvern.

Will Lloyd scored a fine century (114*) in the second innings to ensure second placed West Malvern kept up with the pace as they beat Worcester Nomads by seven wickets at Whitegates Farm despite the best efforts of Derek Austin (99*) in the first innings. Chaddesley remain in third as Zishan Ali (4-44) came back to knock over the Claverley tail to earn his side a tight seven run victory and Hassan Shah (128) led fourth placed Netherton to a first innings total that proved far too many for Colwall to chase.

Elsewhere, Rory Mathews continued his fine season as he posted (92) for Hanley Castle & Upton in the second innings to help beat Hagley by four wickets and Alex Fenn (4-17) helped Droitwich Spa to a seven wicket victory at Feckenham who remain at the foot of the table.