Avoncroft v Bromsgrove
Worcestershire T20 county cup.
CRICKET: BROMSGROVE turned up with a strong side for this local derby and batted first and going on the attack from ball one.
Jayden Levitt opened the innings with Ash Newdick who was well caught in the deep by Will Sach off the bowling of Paul Athey.
This bought Jo Dodd to the crease who took a back seat roll giving Levitt as much strike as possible as he hit all the Avoncroft bowlers out of the ground with some clean striking.
Dodd was dismissed, caught on the boundary, by a great catch from Adam Rodway off the bowling of Craig Hughes.
Levitt continued with the big blows and carried his bat through the 20 overs to finish with an outstanding 173 not out and a Bromsgrove total of 273-2 in 20 overs.
Avoncroft’s innings started brightly with a good opening partnership between Will Sach and Andy Nicol before the latter was bowled bringing Sam Hughes to the crease.
Brief cameos by David James and Craig Hughes came and went while Sam Hughes continued at the other end finishing 34 not out in Avoncrofts total of 125-5 off 20 overs.
A great day was had by all in front of the largest crowd seen down at Avoncroft for many years.
Spectators made full use of the extended pavilion which will be open for World Cup games on weekends during the summer.
ON Saturday Avoncroft beat Alvechurch in the league by 68 runs. Avoncroft posted a below par score of 179 all out with contributions from Will Sach (36) and Craig Hughes (47).
Avoncroft started brightly in the field with Paul Athey striking early to take 2 quick wickets. Wickets fell at regular intervals with some good fielding backing up some tight bowling. Craig Hughes finished with figures of 4-29. Will Sach (2) Paul Athey (2), David James (1) and Andy Pittam (1) with the remainder bowling Alvechurch out for 111.
Skipper Hughes said: “It was a very pleasing response from the defeat at Stourport and was a very good performance with the ball and in the field.
“We know we need to start converting these starts with the bat into big scores but with the bating line up we have in the side we are more than capable of pushing up this league to try and mount a promotion push.”