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Porter takes hold to leave Hagley on top
11:50am Thursday 8th August 2013 in Sport
HAGLEY held their nerve to snatch a sensational one run win over Redditch and remain just a point adrift of leaders Astwood Bank in Worcestershire League Division One.
A surprisingly low scoring game reached a dramatic conclusion when Redditch number 10 Greg Chinn smashed the ball straight to mid-off where John Porter took the catch.
Hagley skipper Paul Morgan said: “We rode our luck. If he hadn’t hit it straight at John, it would almost certainly have gone for four.”
Hagley had looked well short of victory when bowled out for a modest 126 runs in 41.1 overs.
What made it worse was the fact they had been 71-2 at one stage before a collapse set in.
Once wicketkeeper Simon James had gone for 39, Hagley offered little resistence to the bowling of Henry Moorcroft who claimed 5-39 while Redditch skipper Perry Derrick picked up 3-58.
Morgan added: “We batted poorly and must have been 100 to 120 runs below where we should have been, but we managed to get into them early in reply and kept picking up wickets”.
The left arm of Craig Bray claimed 5-36 off 16 overs while the medium quick bowling of Amjad Ali took 3-38 as Redditch were dismissed for 125.
n Belbrought cantered to a comfortable seven wicket success over bottom side Oldswinford whose top flight status is now in real threat.
Skipper Tom Blunt struck 92 and found support from Harry Stanier as Oldswinford posted 231-9.
Belbroughton made a tentative start in reply before skipper Will Pardoe plundered 67 and together with Tom Oliver, who made 62, put on 150 for an unbeaten fourth wicket partnership that took the side to a winning 232-3.
Belbroughton visit Hagley this Saturday and skipper Pardoe said: “It’s a big game. With the possibility of three sides going down from Division One this season, we can’t afford to lose and find ourselves slipping back into the relegation mess.”
n Pedmore picked up a 65-run success over Worcester Dominies to stay clear of the Division One drop zone.
Pedmore were bowled out for 184 and then removed Worcester Dominies for 119 in reply, Aaron Skelding claiming six for 39 off 13 overs.
This Saturday Dominies visit Oldswinford while Pedmore play hosts to Pershore.
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