September 27th, 2016

David James star of the show for Avoncroft

David James star of the show for Avoncroft David James star of the show for Avoncroft
David James scored 102 not out as well as bowling figures of 2-38 to ensure Avoncroft cruised to victory over Old Vigorians. 23160103B
Updated: 3:36 pm, Jun 22, 2016

AVONCROFT skipper Craig Hughes labelled their eight-wicket victory over Old Vigorians in Division Three of the Worcestershire County League at the weekend as the ‘David James show’.

After taking up the role of groundsman, James worked hard on Friday night and Saturday morning to make sure the game at Hanbury Road got the go ahead.

James then helped his side cruise to their third victory of the season, moving them up to seventh in table, with an impressive 102 not out.

Skipper Hughes said: “James did his best to get the game to go ahead and got his rewards for doing it. It was the David James show.

“After losing our previous two games, it was nice to return to winning ways.

“In our previous games, we had been in strong positions and lost but this time around we was in a good position and managed to get the win.”

Old Vigorians won the toss and elected to bat but this went against the visitors as Avoncroft’s bowlers made easy work of their order before restricting them to 144-8 from 42 overs.

Ahsan Fiaz (48) top scored for Vigorians while Jonathan Hunter (2-12), Daniel Elliott (2-43) and James (2-38) got their share of the wickets.

In response Alex Brunt (2) and Sam Hughes (0) departed early but James came to the rescue for the home side as his century with Will Sach’s 19 not out pushed Avoncroft to 148-2 in the 20th over.

Avoncroft travel to Rushwick on Saturday but will be without Craig Hughes, Sam Hughes, Elliott, Hunter and Ben Warwick.

“Rushwick is a game we are looking to win,” added Avoncroft’s skipper.

“We may be missing five players including myself but I’m hoping we have more than enough to secure victory.”