September 29th, 2016

Droitwich avoid late Bromyard fightback

DROITWICH were left breathing a sigh of relief as Bromyard missed the chance to stun the Division One leaders last Saturday.

The visitors chased down 258 for victory but narrowly came up short as they failed to hit the six required from the final ball after needing 99 runs from the last ten overs.

The home side’s total was built around a classy innings by veteran left-hander Paul Bryan, who crafted an impressive 73 and shared useful partnerships with captain Martyn Davies (48) and David Lane (43).

Cameo knocks by Max Young (33) and Connor Grant (25) boosted the score in the final overs.

Bromyard’s openers put on 58 for the first wicket before a stunning one-handed catch by Gary Cartwright applied the brakes.

Droitwich then appeared to grab the initiative when former Sri Lankan Test player, Dilshan Fernando, was dismissed for 42.

However some big-hitting from the middle order created an exciting finish but neither side was able to grab the win.

Some wayward leg-side bowling coupled with a tiny boundary saw Spa’s second team in the firing line in the reverse fixture, where Bromyard amassed 357-5 in their 50 overs. Openers Godsell (168) and Whittenbury (89) put on 216 for the first wicket in just 30 overs.

But Droitwich rallied under the leadership of skipper Karl Goddard, who hit an unbeaten 73, and a score of 280-8 meant an extra two points were landed in the losing draw.

A quick-fire 17 from youngster Jonny Keen pushed Spa past their run chase total and followed a second consecutive half-century for Carl Thomson.

Droitwich Thirds winning start to the season ended with an eight-wicket defeat at Bewdley, while the Fourths were unable to defend a score of 283 against Evesham to lose by five wickets.