Some defiant tail-end batting and a decisive display from their three spinners saw Colwall to an ultimately comfortable 44-run victory over Worcester in a fluctuating Worcestershire League Division 1 clash at Stowe Lane on Saturday.
Having won the toss and elected to bat on a dry pitch and quick outfield, Colwall were hoping to build a daunting total for the visitors to chase, but what ensued was a crawl as the home top order struggled for runs against an accurate but less than lethal attack.
Fergus Cameron had scored just four out of 21 when he was trapped leg before by Adeel in the 11th over and from then on Joe Blight and Nick Brown remained bogged down for the next 24 overs despite adding 80 for the second wicket.
That left Colwall strong in terms of wickets lost on 100-1 in the 36th over, but way behind a run rate they might have anticipated and when Brown was caught behind for 31 and Blight was stumped in the 37th over the situation deteriorated rapidly.
Ben Cooke followed clean bowled for a single and although Ben Wheeler and James Abel both hit 18 before falling in the chase for quick runs and Ben Febery was another stumping victim for spinner Khalid as the hosts slumped to 139-6 in the 43rd over.
James Febery hit a six and a four before being caught in the deep and at 160-8 with five overs left Colwall were deep in trouble but fortunately then produced some of the best batting of the match as the Gooch brothers Mike and Jono turned the tide with a splendid unbroken ninth wicket stand of 45 to take the final total to a respectable 208-8.
Mike Gooch then struck to have Mo Raja leg before with his third delivery after tea, but Worcester rallied to 62-1 off 14 overs until off-spinner James Febery snapped up two wickets in his second over including opener Shepherd for 39 to wrest back the initiative.
Brown took over to snap up three more wickets as the visitors slid to 114-6 from 35 overs and when the stubborn Evans (62) was caught down the legside by Wheeler off Ben Febery the die cast.
Two more wickets for Ben Febery and a second for the returning Gooch settled the issue, Wheeler sealing a fine display with two stumpings and three catches as Worcester subsided to 164 all out.
Colwall 2nds found themselves on the wrong end of a run feast as they crashed to a third defeat in a row at Worcester 2nd in 2nd X1 Section Division, the hosts charging to a target of 280 to win with five wickets and 11 overs in hand.
Idris Mohammed (51) survived several chances to set the early pace for Colwall with Kit Lister (31) providing support before a middle order collapse slowed the momentum.
Steve Coffey than blasted 52 off 14 balls to regain the initiative but Simon Davies was left stranded on 48 not out as Colwall were bowled out for 279 with five overs remaining.
The Worcester openers then responded with some ferocious hitting to put up the 100 from only ten overs before Ash Jones turned to spin to dismiss both, Kasuso hitting a rapid 52 for the hosts.
Coffey then took three wickets to inspire a glimmer of hope but this was quickly extinguished as Rasa (64) and Oakley (63) rattled up unbeaten half-centuries to pass the target in the 39th over.
Colwall 4ths proved too strong for Marches League Division hosts Wormelow 3rds, winning by 72 runs.
Openers Simon Oliver (42) and Phil Steers (24) gave Colwall a solid start batting first and then Mark Kaliasnakoff (46) and Menno Recorden saw them to a final total of 168-6.
Harry Evans (3-13) soon had Wormelow in trouble after tea before Ben Recordon (4-18) polished the home side off for 96 in the 29th over, only Langford (35) putting up any real resistance.