Colwall cast off their recent poor form with a resounding league victory at Cookley on Saturday followed by a thrilling seven-run triumph over Welsh side Bronwydd in the fifth round of the National Village Knockout Cup on Sunday.
Without captain Ben Cooke and vice-captain James Wagstaffe for a Worcestershire League Division 1 encounter, Colwall looked to be up against it batting first at Cookley, but that proved far from the case as openers Joe Blight and Nick Brown shared a match-winning first-wicket stand.
Brown eventually fell for a firmly-struck 78 as the total passed the 180 mark, but Blight, who had struggled for runs this season, went on to reach a splendid century before he fell for exactly 100.
Ben Febery then took over to hit a solid 53 and Colwall ran up their highest score of the campaign as they closed on 297-6 from their 50 overs.
Cookley tried hard to keep up with the run rate as Thomas led the way with 47, but the Colwall bowlers stuck to their task, Brown sealing a valuable all-round display with 4-47 as they were restricted to 221-9, a 20-point haul lifting Colwall two places up the table.
In their Village Knockout clash on Sunday, Colwall were soon in dire straits having been put in by the Welsh hosts, slumping to 74-6 at one stage as the top order disintegrated.
Fortunately Fergus Cameron stayed put to lead a dogged recovery and when the 40 overs elapsed he was unbeaten on 59 out of a meagre total of 155-9, George Gleeson claiming 3-28 for the hosts.
Mike Gooch who finished with a fine 3-15 return then made the breakthrough for Colwall, but Gleeson hit 40 to put the Welsh side back on top, until they began to panic in the last 10 overs.
Nick Brown picked up two wickets and Jack Knight-Adams another and in a tight finish Ben Febery (3-32) took the final wicket as the hosts were all out for 149 with seven balls left putting Colwall through to the last 16 of the competition.
Colwall 2nds suffered their second last-over setback in succession as they succumbed to visitors Cookley 2nds by six wickets in 2nd X1 Section Division 1 on Saturday.
Kit Lister (52) and an unbeaten 84 from skipper Will Bishop provided the mainstay of Colwall’s total of 216-5 batting first, Barton taking 4-53 for the visitors.
Cookley made steady headway in reply, Roden making 48 as the home bowlers toiled in vain after tea before Simon Davies (4-48) revived Colwall with a rare but effective bowling spell.
A crucial missed catch let Cookley’s Dixon off the hook however and he went on to hit a decisive unbeaten 82 as Cookley edged home with a ball to spare on 217-4.
Colwall 3rds gained a losing draw in a high-scoring clash at Ledbury in Marches League Division 2.
Jack Hughes bowled opener Evans with the first ball of the game as Ledbury elected to bat, but after that wickets proved hard to come by with Gale (56) and Willis (29) adding 77 for the second wicket.
Dick Tugwell (4-39) then had both men caught but although Chris Conlon (2-26) also bowled well Merryman (77) and Belcher (30) saw the hosts to a commanding total of 249-8.
Steve Wright (42) kept Colwall in contention in reply and a fine 57 including three sixes from Hughes raised hopes, but when he was bowled the inning lost momentum and although Toby Clifford (28no) and Tugwell (15no) secured a third batting point and a draw at 185-6, Ledbury emerged well on top.
Colwall 4ths secured a comfortable 114-run home win over Division 4 opponents Bosbury who were dismissed for just 85 chasing a Colwall target of 199-7.
Adam Greaves hit a powerful 96 and Phil Steers a solid 28 in Colwall’s total and although Bosbury started well in reply they quickly wilted as Harry Evans (2-28) kept them in check and then Ben Recordon (5-12, including a hat-trick) and Alex Chopping (3-10) sealed victory in the 23rd over.