After the second round of matches in the Worcestershire County League Premier Division four teams retained their unbeaten records by recording their second successive win.

After losing the toss and being inserted and opening stand of one hundred and forty-two runs between opening batsmen Waqas Ahmed (144) who smashed an excellent first innings century and Omar Masood (70) laid the foundations for Old Hill to secure a comfortable win against Old Elizabethans at the Memorial Ground that took them to the summit. Astwood Bank find themselves in second position after they chased down Redditch's first innings total to win the local derby by three wickets at Bromsgrove Road. Paddy Thompsons’ (5-19) first innings performance with the ball helped Pershore brush aside newcomers Droitwich Spa by nine wickets at the Bottoms to retain third position and Stourport-on-Severn recorded a notable victory by beating last season's champions Stourbridge by two wickets at Walshes Meadow, a result that suggests the race for the title could be wide open this season.

In the other matches a solid batting performance at The Parks helped Brockhampton beat Ombersley 2nd XI by a comfortable margin and fellow Herefordians Colwall recorded their first win of the season by beating Bromyard by over one hundred runs at Stowe Lane.

In Division One there were also four teams who retained their 100% records after gaining wins on Saturday.

Newcomers Barnt Green 2nd XI made it two in a row when they cruised past Oldswinford by nine wickets at Cherry Hill Road thanks to an excellent first innings bowling performance which secured their place at the summit. Worcester Nomads moved in to second place after producing an excellent second innings batting performance to chase down Worcester's challenging first innings total (266 for 8) at Norton Barracks to win by seven wickets, Chaddesley Corbett beat Pedmore by a wide margin at Longmore to move in to third place and Lye beat Halesowen 2nd XI to retain fourth.

Elsewhere, Joe Miszkowski (121) scored an excellent first innings century to help Kidderminster 2nd XI grab their first win of the season against Bewdley at Chester Road and Coombs Wood beat Hagley by six wickets at Hagley Park to get their season going with their first win.   

Paul Thomas (154*) compiled a brilliant first innings century to help Cookley beat Astwood Bank 2nd XI at Sambourne Lane and retain their 100% record in Division Two which suggests this division may be one of the most competitive throughout the season.

After recording a tie last week both Himley 2nd XI (who beat Belbroughton by eight wickets) and Alvechurch & Hopwood (who chased down Himbletons’ first innings (241 for 8) for the loss of just three wickets) both retained their unbeaten records by recording wins to lie in second and third position respectively. Just a handful of points behind in fourth place sit Burghill, Tillington & Weobley for whom Clive Chadhani (69 & 4-57) starred with both bat and ball in their win against visiting Bromsgrove 2nd XI at Brick House Farm despite the best efforts of Tom Downing (81) who scored his second ‘eighty’ in two weeks. Bredon produced an excellent second innings bowling performance to gain their first win of the season against visiting Bartestree & Lugwardine at Hill Close and finally an excellent first innings batting performance by Harborne 3rd XI helped record their first win of the season against a visiting Enville side who fell well short of the second innings target.    

Barnards Green 2nd XI made the trip up the M5 to the Black Country and duly marched to the top of Division Three  by backing up last weeks victory with an  excellent second innings batting performance which saw them beat Coombs Wood 2nd XI by nine wickets at Stewarts Road. Feckenham were the only other team to retain their 100% record as they crept over the line against third placed Netherton in an enthralling match at Mill Lane which saw them chase down the visitors first innings total (264-9) to win by just one wicket in a game that could no doubt have gone either way.

In other matches, Redditch 2nd XI must have thought they had done enough at the half way stage as Asif Mukhtar (76) led a strong first innings batting performance (306-6) which set Avoncroft a stiff challenge at their Hanbury Road ground.

However, opening batsman Alex Brunt (200*) had other ideas as he smashed a brilliant undefeated second innings double century that included twenty four, fours and thirteen maximums which helped secure a memorable first win of the season with over fifteen overs left which catapulted them in to fourth position.

Other teams to gain their first wins of the season were Brockhampton 2nd XI who beat Old Vigornians at Hawford Lodge, Stourbridge 2nd XI who beat Martley by two wickets at the Jewry Field and Old Hill 2nd XI for whom Asif Iqbal (87) and Iftikar Ali (70*) both scored second innings half centuries in a six wicket win against Old Elizabethans 2nd XI at Haden Hill.

In Division Four Will Lloyd (85*) helped newly promoted West Malvern retain their position at the top of the table as his second innings contribution helped guide the home team to their second win of the season, this time by six wickets against visiting Claverley.

Only two other teams were able to retain their unbeaten status by backing up last weeks performances with victories, Stourport-on-Severn 2nd XI made it two from two when they beat visiting Worcester 2nd XI by seven wickets at Walshes Meadow to move in to second position despite the best efforts of Benjamin Doyle (93) who scored a fine first innings half century for the visitors and Netherton 2nd XI who beat Lye 2nd XI by seven wickets at Highbridge Road are third.

Elsewhere in the division there were three teams that gained their first wins of the season. Jon Webb (106) led a strong Romsley & Hunnington first innings batting performance (272 for 4) that proved far too many for visiting Eastnor to chase, Chaddesley Corbett beat Rushwick by four wickets at the Alf Tolley Memorial Ground and Bromsgrove 3rd XI beat visitors Five Ways Old Edwardians by a comfortable margin at the Hedges Ground which leaves only Rushwick and Eastnor both looking for their first positive result of the season at the foot of the table.