Colwall missed a chance to move up the Worcestershire League Division 1 table as they slipped to a 33-run home defeat by Chaddesley Corbett on Saturday.
Having won the toss and inserted the visitors in a game reduced to 48 overs per side by a pre-match shower, Colwall made the ideal start as the in-form Mike Gooch snapped up three wickets in his first two overs to leave the visitors floundering on 4-3.
Gooch went on to take 3-2 in a six-over opening burst, but Chaddesley gradually recovered thanks to a determined innings from batting stalwart Bilal Hassan who turned the tide with a fine century before he was run out right at the end of the innings having hit five sixes and seven fours.
Jack Knight-Adams (1-22) and Nick Brown (2-22 from 10 overs) bowled well to reduce the visitors to 92-6 at one stage, but from 105-7, Hassan took charge of the innings which closed on 183-9, Gooch finishing with 3-23 from eight overs.
Without skipper Ben Cooke and several other regulars, Colwall’s batting line-up looked slightly fragile and so it proved as Ben Febery fell leg before for seven and then Brown and Ben Wheeler quickly followed, both caught with the total on 35-3.
Andrew Waters and Fergus Cameron shared a dour stand of 40 for the fourth wicket, before Waters (19) miscued a catch and when Ash Jones was run out attempting a suicidal single half the side were out for 82.
Cameron (34) and Gooch (23) tried hard to turn the tide but Hassan returned to the attack to clean bowl both men in the same over and Colwall eventually succumbed for 149 with two overs left.
Despite a superb maiden century by newcomer Dan Brierley, Colwall 2nds were denied victory at the death as they went down by a single run in a high-scoring encounter at Harborne in 2nd X1 Section Division 1.
Batting first Harborne piled up a daunting total of 295-9 thanks to solid contributions from Clifford (65) and Clarke (48), while Steve Coffey (3-61) was the pick of the Colwall bowlers.
John Card (49) gave Colwall a sound start in reply and then Brierley cut loose to hit 119 as the target was significantly reduced, but although skipper Will Bishop maintained the momentum with an unbeaten 54 Harborne held on to restrict the visitors to 294-9 in a thrilling final over.
The less said the better summed up Colwall 3rds performance as they crashed to a 10-wicket home thrashing by Strollers in Marches League Division 2.
Put in to bat on a sound pitch, a 10-man Colwall side simply never got to grips with visiting seamer George Woodcole who picked up 6-17 in a devastating 10-over spell, Frank Allen (2-5) claiming the last two wickets as the hosts crumbled to 47 all out in the 22nd over.
Strollers encountered few problems in reply, knocking off the runs inside eight overs, Dan Powell stroking a solid unbeaten 34 to complete the rout.
The sole consolation on the day came from Colwall 4ths who beat hosts Luctonians 3rds by an easy 81-run margin.
Phil Steers (36) and Simon Oliver (67) gave Colwall the perfect start with a century opening stand and then a maiden half-century from Jacob Charlton (52no) took the visitors to 235-5 with Myron Lawrence (25) and Chris Horne (20no) providing fine support.
Ian Lawrence (45), Lee Elsmore (33no) and Paul Barker (26) put up the only resistance as Luctonians were dismissed for 154 in reply, Horne (2-23), Cam Smith (2-29) and Hugh Crawley (2-19) taking the bowling honours, with Dan Riley and Oliver weighing in with a wicket apiece.