Colwall cricket July 6 2019

On what was a joyless day for the club on all counts, Colwall suffered the indignity of losing all four games, with the first team surrendering their 16-point lead at the top of Worcestershire League Division 1, as they crashed to a sorry 49-run defeat at Coombs Wood.

Facing what seemed a routine challenge of making 124 to win having won the toss and elected to field, Colwall were then skittled for just 74 runs in the space of just 17.1 overs in an ignominious batting collapse which allowed Hagley to join them at the top of the table.

The setback was perhaps even more frustrating as at one stage Colwall pacemen Luke Dalley (4-10) and Mike Gooch (2-25) had reduced the hosts to 19-6 in the 12th over before a lower order recovery turned the tide.

Seventh-wicket pair Calwell (24) and Whitmore (17) resisted firmly to add 52 before Andy Robertson broke through again to remove both, but Ali (25) and Chappell (15) added further useful runs before they fell to the spin of Nick Brown and the home innings closed on 123 in the 37th over.

Colwall suffered an immediate setback in reply as James Waters was bowled in Gregory’s first over and although skipper Ben Cooke and Fergus Cameron added 20 for the second wicket Cooke was caught off Gregory for 12 and the rot set in.

Brown was then trapped leg-before by the same bowler without scoring and Gregory then claimed a fourth wicket as Cameron on 21 went the same way despite appearing to have edged the ball and when the usually reliable Robertson was caught off Chappell the writing was on the wall at 42-5.

Ben Wheeler in typical fashion tried to hit the side out of trouble and briefly succeeded, hitting five fours in a top-scoring 23, but once he was caught and seventh out with the total on 73 the tail folded quickly, the last three wickets adding just three runs to leave Coombs Wood victors, Gregory taking 6-37 from nine overs and Chappell 3-37.

Meanwhile, back at Stowe Lane, Colwall 2nds once again found wickets had to come by as visitors Netherton piled up 367-7 having elected to bat.

Colwall hardly helped their cause, sending down no less than 73 wides, thus allowing Netherton an extra 12 overs to bat and they took full advantage as Shah hammered an aggressive 128 and Asim 50 in a third wicket stand of 121.

Eddie Hill was his usual economical self with 1-40 off ten overs and spinner John Card picked up three wickets, but everyone else was expensive as the visitors took full advantage.

Card (33) and Mohammed Idress (27) gave Colwall a promising start to their reply but from 67-1 from nine overs, play was halted for a lengthy rain break which left Colwall facing the daunting task of chasing a revised target 217 from 27 overs and although Will Bishop hit a determined unbeaten 50 wickets tumbled at the other end as the hosted slipped to 158 all out.

In Marches League Division 2, a ten-man Colwall 3rds side tumbled to 47 all out and a nine-wicket defeat at leaders Canon Frome, while a makeshift nine-man Colwall 4th team battled bravely but eventually went down by 68 runs to visiting Malvern 3rds in Division 4.

Malvern openers Paul Collier (100 ret) and David Sample (82) exploited the inevitable gaps in the field to share a mammoth stand as they rattled up 240-4 from their 40 overs and Colwall did well to respond with 172 before they were all out.