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All-round display keeps hopes alive
11:20am Thursday 29th August 2013 in Sportsview
BEWDLEY’S promotion chase in Worcestershire League Division Two stalled after two winning draws over the Bank Holiday weekend.
With three games of the season remaining, fourth-placed Bewdley are 17 points behind second in the table Colwall.
On Saturday, Bewdley’s batting was consistent with seven batsmen reaching double figures against Colwall.
Mike Harris (32) and Rob Combes (41) shared a useful stand, Rob Crane (22) continued his good form, and Jack Mills (32 not out) gave the innings a late push.
The hosts’ bowlers gave a disciplined performance in Colwall’s reply, and were backed up by excellent fielding. Crane (2-32) and Tom Weaver (2-22) bowled well, and Mills (3-19 from 17 overs) ensured that Colwall never threatened to approach their target and ended on 126-9.
On Monday, Bewdley’s batsmen recorded a big score but were frustrated by Feckenham.
Mike Harris’ maiden century.
Asked to bat on a pitch offering little help to the bowlers, Bewdley made a shaky start at 50-2.
But Combes fired 97 off 56 balls, while Connor Franklin (22) played a fine cameo role.
However, Harris was the star of the show, firstly supporting Combes and then taking charge himself with an unbeaten 118, which included 14 fours and three sixes, as Bewdley declared on 295-7.
In reply, Feckenham’s batsmen were largely untroubled, and though they never threatened to approach Bewdley’s total.
Jack Williams took an early wicket, and Sean Robinson looked very hostile, but once the shine had gone off the new ball the game petered out with the normally penetrating Jack Mills failing to take a wicket.
Bewdley entertain Netherton on Saturday (1pm).
A weakened seconds had no answer to a powerful all-round performance from Ben Cooke as they slipped to a 217-run defeat at Colwall.
Bewdley made early in-roads as Dave Cowdery picked up a couple of wickets but Cooke (172) soon put Bewdley on the back foot.
His dismissal late on did spark a rush of wickets but the final pair hit another 60 off the last five overs as Colwall closed on 321-9. Mark Hudson was the pick of the attack with four wickets.
Bewdley could never get going with the bat as Cooke added five wickets to his century as his side skittled the visitors for 104.
On Monday, the seconds secured their Division One status for another season with a 37-run success over Pershore.
After slipping to 79-6, David Jones (36 not out) and Tom Picken (38no) guided Bewdley to 177-6.
Stephen Molyneux and James Marsh took four wickets each as Pershore were removed for 140.
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