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Hagley finish campaign with defeat
11:00am Friday 14th September 2012 in Cricket
AN AGONISING two-run defeat saw Hagley finish their season on a low against Pershore.
Bowling first, the hosts made early breakthroughs as Amjad Ali (4-46) picked up the first four wickets to leave Pershore 48-4.
David White (31) and Chris Ayliffe (22) steadied the ship before James Russell (1-20) removed White. Zahid Shah (2-38) and Neil Hurst (2-12) then picked up late wickets and Hagley bowled Pershore out for just 143 in the 48th over.
But Hagley lost wickets early in their reply before Ali (45) managed to get them back on track.
Lee Wilks (3-43) seemed to have swung the momentum back in Pershore’s favour but a crucial partnership between Craig Bray and Neil Hurst looked like seeing Hagley home, before both were dismissed with victory in sight.
Hagley finish the season ninth in Division One.
Skipper Rus Andrews said: “This has been a tough season which we have enjoyed the challenge and we’re delighted to have stayed in the division.”
Hagley seconds fell to a heavy defeat in their final game at Rushwick.
After wrapping up the title two weeks ago, the seconds played a weakened side and saw the hosts rack up a commanding 280-7 from their 50 overs with Russ Field (2-64) the leading wicket-taker for the visitors.
Hagley were then bundled out for 154 in the 39th over despite an entertaining knock by Ian Moss (56).
Skipper Andy Shaw said: “I have been delighted with how the campaign has gone as we did not think we were in the title hunt at the start of the season.”
Pedmore finished their year in seventh after a 20-run win at Droitwich Spa.
Paul Pickering hit 80 as the visitors recovered from a shaky start to post 210, Matt Porter also scoring an important 35.
Openers Stuart Bryan (39) and Jake Young (43) got Droitwich off to a strong start but their reply hit trouble when James Burgoyne claimed 5-67.
Richard Musk then contributed a devilish four over spell, picking up 3-7 as the hosts were bowled out for 190.
Oldswinford finished eighth after their dreadful final quarter was capped off by a 215-run trouncing at Worcester, The hosts, batting first, amassed an incredible 402-4 in 48 overs with Jeff Case hitting an unbeaten 221 from 140 balls. His stunning innings included 32 fours and three sixes, while Oliver Peppiatt also made 111.
In reply, Oldswinford were all out for 187, Ed Atkins top scoring with 32.