AVONCROFT’S turbulent season continued as they returned to winning ways in Division Three of the Worcestershire County League with a 41-run victory over promotion chasing Kempsey.
Kempsey won the toss and opted to field but were left frustrated by Avoncroft openers Sam Hughes (43) and David James (35) who got the Hanbury Road-based outfit off to a good start.
Despite Tom Murray (9) going early doors, Ben Warwick (34) and Daniel Elliott (26) also added useful contributions while skipper Craig Hughes (10) was the only other Avoncroft player to reach double figures.
Avoncroft were eventually bowled out for 200 as Adam Hunaban (4-30) and Steve Winstanley (3-36) got the pick of the wickets.
Kempsey’s response was far from emphatic as they slumped to 21-3 but Samuel O’Neill’s assured 49 off 41 balls steadied the ship.
Another collapse of wickets saw Kempsey fall to 106-9 but Benjamin Ware’s 44 pushed the score to 159 before the game was over in the 34th over.
Jonathan Hunter starred with the ball for Avoncroft as he claimed five scalps for 53 runs from his ten over spell which included one maiden.
Avoncroft will look to claim back-to-back victories for the first time this season when they travel to rivals Himbleton on Saturday.
It was a different story for Avoncroft Seconds as they succumbed to a dismal nine-wicket defeat to Lye in Division Two Second XI.
Avoncroft won the toss and elected to bat but were skittled out for 130 after 38 overs as Usman Riaz (3-25) and David Borley (3-4) dominated with the ball.
Skipper Mark Whitehead (21) and Richard Doodey (23) top scored for an Avoncroft side which failed to build partnerships and lost wickets at regular rates.
Lye secured victory in style as openers Imran Raz (57) and Sakib Ali (51) helped the home side post 131-1 after 25 overs.
The defeat leaves Avoncroft rooted to the foot of the table and 44 points adrift of safety. Avoncroft travel to fourth placed Enville on Saturday hoping to earn some valuable points in their bid to avoid relegation.