September 29th, 2016

Avoncroft finish season on a high

Updated: 3:01 pm, Sep 19, 2015

ANDY Pittam rolled back the years as he claimed four wickets to help Avoncroft see off Cleobury Mortimer on the closing day of the Worcestershire County League season.

His performance formed part of an impressive bowling display as the visitors finished their innings on 149, with James Manley top scoring on 40.

Despite losing a number of early wickets, Avoncroft reached their victory target thanks to Craig Hughes who hit 64, which included four sixes.

After claiming the toss and electing to bowl first, the hosts struck early, with leading wicket-taker Paul Athey (1-8) setting his side on their way.

Pittman then made a superb impact as he struck straight away before rolling through Cleobury’s top order to finish with figures of 4-41.

A brilliant run out by Ben Warwick capped a fine display in the field, while Hughes (2-12) and Dan Elliott (1-35) also got on the board.

Avoncroft’s reply got off to a bad start as they lost their leading run scorer David James (5) before Sam Hughes (10), Warwick (0) and the in form Jon Bird (8) soon followed.

However, opener Chris Pitt held the innings together with a solid defence against a good Cleobury attack. Joined by Hughes, the pair got their side back on track, with Pitt accumulating the runs and Hughes being more the aggressor.

Both fell just before the winning line with Pitt well caught and bowled for a defiant 32 before Hughes went the following over for 64.

With only eight needed to win, Elliott came in to finish off the innings with two fours to finish the game which leaves Croft to finish the season in fifth place.