Colwall swept back to the top of Worcestershire League Division 1 with an emphatic 126-run victory at lowly Droitwich Spa on Saturday, but then came a cropper in their bid for National Village KO glory as they lost by six wickets at Premier Division Astwood Bank on Sunday.
Bidding to reach the last 16 of the Village Knockout, Colwall initially thrived, batting first, as openers Ben Cooke and James Waters put on 82 for the first wicket, Cooke punishing anything loose with some flowing shots.
Unfortunately, having hit 56 off 51 balls including 11 boundaries Cooke was bowled by Dan Taylor just when he looked set for a big score and when Waters was caught for a dogged 35 off 60 balls the hosts regained the initiative.
Fergus Cameron stayed put sharing a stand of 34 with Nick Brown (14) but from 142-3, the momentum slackened as wickets tumbled and although Cameron kept the runs coming he was eventually caught for 62 and a flurry of run-outs brought the innings to a close at 198-9 off their allotted 40 overs.
Mike Gooch then raised Colwall’s hopes as he clean bowled Rob West for a duck in the first over after tea and then also rattled the stumps of Tom Underhill after he had smashed two sixes in a quickfire 26.
Home opener Liam Smith then played the anchor role as he and Sam Thomas (23) added 72 for the third wicket and although Gooch returned to claim two more wickets in his second spell, Smith and Mike Desmond (41no) saw off the remaining runs in the 38th over, Smith coming off with a decisive unbeaten 74.
Colwall’s Saturday victory at Droitwich Spa was relatively plain sailing as they amassed a total of 256-7 having been put in to bat.
Against a fairly innocuous home attack, Colwall were never in real trouble as opener Nick Panniers led the way with a solid half-century before Andy Robertson came in to control the rest of the innings with an unbeaten 60.
Droitwich never looked like challenging the target in reply and were eventually dismissed for 130 in the 44th over, leaving Colwall 16 points clear of former leaders Hagley who suffered a surprise six-wicket defeat by Bromyard.
Meanwhile, at Stowe Lane, Colwall 2nds claimed their first win of the season and clinched a club double over Droitwich Spa thanks to a century stand between sixth wicket pair Will Bishop and Andrew Waters who saw the hosts home by five wickets with four balls left.
Eddie Hill (1-18 off ten overs) and Chris Kenyon (2-23) kept the visitors in check after being inserted, but the rest of the home attack proved wayward as a total of 46 wides helped Droitwich reach 211-9 off their 50 overs, Toby Clifford taking 4-54 with his off-spin.