BEWDLEY completed the first half of the season with a comprehensive five wicket win over Wormelow in Worcestershire Division Two to move into second place.

Wormelow were asked to bat first and took advantage of conditions to the extent of reaching 150 before losing a wicket.

However, Bewdley bowled reasonably tightly, and after Jack Mills made the initial breakthrough thanks to a smart stumping by Matt Cowdery, the Wormelow batting fell away alarmingly and a target of 203 was well within Bewdley’s capabilities.

Mills finished with 4-56, and Simon Mauger with 3-65 was the other wicket taker.

Bewdley made a disastrous start and found themselves at 28-3 after 11 overs.

However, Mauger was at his very best and a chanceless 102 not out off 119 balls saw Bewdley home with more than two overs to spare.

He was well-supported by the in form Gareth Lewis, who made 34 in a partnership of 91, and then Mike Harris who contributed a useful 22.

Bewdley take on leaders Burghill and Tillington at home on Saturday.

Bewdley seconds suffered a heavy seven wicket defeat away to a good Stourport side.

Stourport skipper, Mark Guest, kept up his remarkable record of winning every toss this season and inserted Bewdley to bat.

Stourport started excellently and the impressive Tom Neath (3-56) took two wickets in an over to leave Bewdley floundering on 9-2.

Sam Beasley (41) and Robin Drake (75) rebuilt the innings putting on 104 for the third wicket.

Bewdley then lost a glut of wickets thanks mainly to an intelligent spell from skipper Mark Guest (3-53) and Bewdley were indebted to the ever reliable Dave Jones (38) who ensured that the full allocation of overs was batted. Bewdley finished with 207-9 which left Stourport chasing 208 for victory.

Stourport never looked in any danger, and Bewdley were limited to only three positive moments in the innings.

Chris Darby bowled the dangerous Bevan Neill, Grant Morris taking a fantastic catch in the slip cordon, and youngster Ben Onslow claiming his first wicket for the second team.

Ian Delo (90) and Mitchell Dwyers (61) batted beautifully in an impressive partnership.