The third week of Worcestershire County League Win/Lose/Draw matches was affected by heavy, thundery showers that hit parts of the county at totally the wrong time leading to mass frustration across the region as many matches were curtailed when teams were in good positions to win and other matches looking good contests with around two hours of match play remaining.

In the Premier Division the third leader in three weeks emerged when Pershore 1st XI earned a winning draw against last week's leaders Stourbridge 1st XI at the Bottoms.

Jujhar Johal (116) had helped set Pershore a challenging total with a first innings hundred for the visitors but just as the game was entering the final quarter with the match in the balance down came the heavy rain to end proceedings with Pershore just three runs ahead of the rate required for the winning draw, enough to move them back to the top by just one point over their visitors.

Old Hill 1st XI now sit one point further back in third place after dominating the game against Stourport-on-Severn 1st XI for long periods only to see the thunderstorms arrive to force an early abandonment with the home team five wickets down well short of the victory target.

Elsewhere, Astwood Bank 1st XI managed to post an early win by bowling Brockhampton 1st XI out cheaply and knocking the target off before the rain arrived, a result that moved them in to fourth place just eight points off the summit.

Noman Chaudhry (5-43) returned excellent first innings figures for Redditch 1st XI who gained a winning draw against Bromyard 1st XI in another match curtailed by the rain.

Worcester Nomads 1st XI were left frustrated as the rain thwarted their chances of gaining victory against a Droitwich Spa 1st XI who had lost the top half of their batters in the second innings for just forty five runs and last but not least your England Women's Under 19s star Charis Pavely (6-53) recorded the best bowling analysis ever by a female in the Premier Division when her six wicket haul in the first innings helped Old Elizabethans 1st XI secure a winning draw against Chaddesley Corbett 1st XI in another match that was curtailed by the rain.

In Division One every match was affected by the afternoon thunderstorms. The matches between Barnt Green 2nd XI and Bewdley 1st XI, Bromsgrove 2nd XI and Pedmore 1st XI and Worcester 1st XI (for whom Jabran Khalid (103) posted a first innings century) and Colwall 1st XI were all curtailed before twenty overs had been bowled in the second innings which meant that they all shared the same result - abandoned.

In the three remaining fixtures that survived the rain for longer Lye 1st XI benefitted the most as they managed to gain enough points from a winning draw against Coombs Wood 1st XI to go top by just one point ahead of Pedmore 1st XI who were frustrated by the rain. Hagley 1st XI gained a winning draw against Burghill, Tillington & Weobley 1st XI which helped Ombersley 2nd XI move up to third after Henry Wilde (6-29) helped set up a winning draw against Halesowen 2nd XI at Seth Somers Park.

It was the same story in Division Two as the matches between Himley 2nd XI and Netherton 1st XI, Astwood Bank 2nd XI and Alvechurch & Hopwood 1st XI and Enville 1st XI (for whom Matt Branch (112) posted a first innings century) and Redditch 2nd XI were all abandoned shortly after the arrival of the heavy rain.

In the matches reached conclusions due to the rain arriving later, Henry Willgoss (110*) fired a first innings century for Bartestree & Lugwardine 1st XI to help set up a maximum point victory against Cookley 1st XI that moved them in to third place in the division, Oldswinford 1st XI beat Bredon 1st XI by nine wickets to gain an important win that moves them up to seventh and finally Kidderminster 2nd XI achieved a winning draw against Harborne 3rd XI thanks largely to a first innings century from David Bannister (119).

In Division Three, two wins, two winning draws and two abandonments were recorded.

The wins were achieved by Lye 2nd XI who moved in to fourth after beating Martley 1st XI by three wickets and Stourbridge 2nd XI who beat Avoncroft 1st XI by a wide nine wicket margin at the War Memorial Ground.

Belbroughton 1st XI kept up with the pace setters and remain third after recording a winning draw against Feckenham 1st XI for whom Nasir Mehmood (100) scored a first innings century and Old Vigornians 1st XI enjoyed a similar result against Himbleton. Whilst the matches between Netherton 2nd XI and Old Elizabethans 2nd XI and top of he table Barnards Green 2nd XI and Brockhampton 2nd XI were abandoned.

Rushwick 1st XI cemented their position at he the top of Division Four with a comprehensive nine wicket win against Chaddesley Corbett 2nd XI at the Alf Tolley Memorial Ground. Stourport-on-Severn 2nd XI remain second after just missing out on a winning draw that went to opponents Five Ways Old Edwardians 1st XI by one run at the Masshouse and in the other match that reached a conclusion Philip Chaundy (82) and Charles Bevan (72) both struck first innings half centuries to ease West Malvern 1st to a comfortable win against Coombs Wood 2nd XI.

The other three matches in the division were all abandoned at various stages. Worcester Nomads 2nd XI were in a good position against Romsley & Hunnington 2nd XI Netherton 2nd XI when the clouds opened, Claverley 1st XI had set an imposing first innings total for Bromsgrove 3rd XI to chase and the match between Harborne 4th XI and Old Hill 2nd XI.

Report submitted by Worcestershire County League