BROMSGROVE lost in agonising fashion to Wolverhampton, falling a single run short of Wolverhampton’s 232 total in Birmingham & District Premier Division Two.
The Boars won the toss and elected to field, with the first wicket claimed at 6-1 when opener Aneesh Kapil was caught out by Alex Milton.
But Matthew Kleinveldt’s 51 total and 49 runs for Jack Stanley (not out) helped add to the Wolverhampton cause, as they eventually finished on 232-6 from their 50 overs.
Tom Russell was the pick of the bowlers for Bromsgrove, taking 2-37, whilst Ashley Newfield also took a couple of wickets, but conceded 67 in eight overs.
Opener Jayden Levitt hit a monumental 135 not out, whilst Milton also hit a half-century (56), but lost Tom Hill from the last ball as Bromsgrove’s valiant efforts ultimately counted for nothing.
The first-XI next host Ombersley on Saturday (12 noon).
Bromsgrove seconds surpassed Himbleton’s total of 143-9 with ease, winning by six wickets in Worcestershire County League Division Two.
The overs were reduced to 45 due to a wet field, with Himbleton failing to find their rhythm in the damp conditions when batting first, despite opener Jon Critchlow hitting 83.
Alistair Hickman took 3-26, before hitting 28 as the opening batsman in the second innings, whilst Tom Green (53, not out) and Henry Dwyer (16, not out) formed a 67-run partnership to win in the 29th over.
Bromsgrove’s third string’s fixture with Worcester seconds ended in a losing draw in Division Four.
After Worcester hit 233-7 from their 50 overs, Bromsgrove had a task on their hands, despite Paul Hutchins taking 3-73.
Opener Thomas Downing was the host’s top-scorer at the crease with 35, although Bromsgrove could only manage 144-9 during their innings.
On Saturday, Bromsgrove’s seconds visit Ombersley seconds, whilst the third team make the trip to Coombs Wood’s second XI (both 1pm).