Pershore in title hunt after double

First published in Sport

PERSHORE kept up the pressure at the top of Worcestershire Cricket League Division One with a winning double over the Bank Holiday.

They gained an important 20 points when beating Coombs Wood by seven wickets in a lowscoring game on Monday following a narrow defeat of Redditch at the weekend.

Pershore, who host basement boys Colwall on Saturday (12.30pm), go into the last two fixtures of the season just 11 points behind leaders Worcester Nomads.

After winning the toss at Coombs Wood, Chris Ridings asked the hosts to bat first on a green-looking pitch surrounded by a wet outfield.

His opening attack of Luke Dalley and Tom Pilling justified the decision as they ripped through the Wood top batsmen to leave them reeling on 37-5.

The lower order tried to retrieve the situation but, with Pilling getting considerable movement bowling unchanged and Dalley returning to the attack, they were skittled for 84.

Pilling finished with 5-52 from 17 overs and Dalley 5-23.

The main threat to Pershore was the forecast of rain but David White set about the required total with relish and scored an unbeaten 51 from 48 balls.

Sean Jenkins smashed 15 from six balls to see Pershore reach the winning target from only 14 overs before a heavy storm struck.

Their four-wicket victory over Redditch followed a toss win from Ridings, who asked the visitors to bat first.

Despite an opening stand of 45 between Luke Davis (26) and Tom Field (12), scoring was difficult.

Dalley (4-29) removed both openers and wickets fell regularly to Pilling (2-30) and Lee Wilks (4-30) as Redditch were bowled out for 127 in the 47th over. Following a break for rain, Pershore were allowed 37 overs to reach the required target.

White (22) played a solid innings but wickets tumbled and the hosts were reeling on 86- 5. With Chris Ayliffe (20) holding up one end, Tim Smith took control with a hard-hit 34 from 35 balls to see Pershore home with just two balls left.

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