Colwall moved into the top half of the Worcestershire League Division 1 table after a comprehensive five-wicket victory at Feckenham on Saturday.
Batting first, the hosts lost two early wickets to the pace of Mike Gooch and never really got on top of the bowling after that, with Dan Newby contributing a tight opening spell. Opener Andrew Kings stayed put to hit a battling 81 before becoming Gooch’s third victim, but the spin of Mike King and James Wagstaffe kept the home side in check, Wagstaffe (1-30) sending down 10 accurate overs while King (4-63) and Gooch (3-64) shared seven of the eight wickets to fall as the hosts were restricted to 217-8 off their 50 overs.
Skipper Ben Cooke then got Colwall off to a flying start in reply before seamer Coulson claimed the wickets of Joe Blight and Fergus Cameron in quick succession with the total on 27. That was the only blip in Colwall’s progress however as Cooke and Nick Brown (45) added 99 for the third wicket, Brown hitting two sixes and six fours before being caught. Ben Febery then came in to lend Cooke solid support before the latter eventually holed out for an excellent 69 including a six and 11 fours, but then Febery took over, striking six fours and two sixes in his unbeaten 59 to see off the target with 12 overs in hand, James Waters and Dan Brierley with 10 apiece adding useful support.
Colwall 2nds opener John Card provided the performance of the day as he compiled a superb unbeaten 179 in the corresponding 2nd X1 Section Division 1 clash at home to Feckenham 2nds. Card’s mammoth innings carried the home side to a daunting total of 325-5 on a splendid wicket and Feckenham declined to take on the challenge although the home bowlers were made to toil as they compiled a stately reply of 178-2, Duggan hitting an unbeaten 115 to secure the losing draw.
In Marches League Division 2, a much depleted Colwall 3rds proved no match for title-chasing Strollers who triumphed by 141 runs after electing to bat.Harry Evans removed the dangerous Dan Powell for 22 early on, but then a second wicket stand of 143 between Richard Lerego (56) and Mark Powell (61) put the hosts in command and although Dick Tugwell induced a mini-collapse with four wickets in as many over, a firmly-struck unbeaten 62 from Rob Brown saw Strollers to 260-5 off their 45 overs. Only Toby Clifford (16) put up much early resistance after tea but despite losing regular wickets the Colwall tail resisted stoutly, Dan Reilly (27) and John Henry (20) taking the final total to 119 all out.