HAGLEY went joint top of Worcestershire League Division One with a resounding 112-run win over Droitwich.

It was the club’s first win of the season after two abandonments and was enough to earn them a place alongside Astwood Bank and Bromyard at the summit After being asked to bat first by the visitors, opening pair Simon James (47) and Joe Lennon (43) did well to put on 88 for the first wicket.

Despite Karl Goddard (3-72) picking up three quick wickets, James Trinham (20) and South African Bernard Erasmus (16) ensured Hagley reached a total of 184.

The home side’s bowlers then set about their task with devastating effect as Amjad Ali (5-18) and Craig Bray (4-23) ripped through the Droitwich top order.

After Ali had removed the top four to leave Droitwich reeling at 39-4, Bray mopped up the tail as the visitors were skittled for 72 in 37 overs.

Delighted skipper Russ Andrews said: “It was great to finally get playing after the two abandoments and a fantastic start to the season.

“The batsmen did a fantastic job to put that score on board and Amjad was back to his best. It all bodes well for the season so long as we keep everyone fit.”

Hagley travel to Worcester Nomads on Saturday.

There was also joy for Hagley seconds who picked up their first win of the season away at Droitwich.

Skipper Andy Shaw put the hosts in after winning the toss and the opening bowlers of Dan Morgan (3-31) and Steve Plant (1-39) bowled long tight spells and were hard to get away on the wet surface.

Slow bowlers Neil Allport (3-19) and Neil Hurst (3-17) then came on and proved too much for the Droitwich batsman as they were bowled out for just 109.

But Hagley found the going just as tough on the difficult pitch and were in big trouble at 55-6.

Skipper Andy Shaw (41) and Dan Morgan (20) forged a partnership to settle Hagley nerves before both players fell.

With Hagley 97-8, the experienced heads of Plant (3 not out) and Neil Allport (9no) came together and with one big blow from Allport saw the visitors to their target.

Shaw said: “The bowling was top draw, with Dan and Steve difficult to get away.

“We struggled a bit with the bat but it was tough in these conditions but it was good to get home and get that win in the bag.”

Oldswinford picked up a thrilling two wicket win at Redditch to move fourth in Division One.

After winning the toss and asking the hosts to bat, disciplined bowling from Daud Islam (2-48) and Sakib Ali (2-37) restricted Redditch to 179-7 from 50 overs.

That looked a big ask for Oldswinford as Aidan Andrews and Greg Chinn ripped through the top order to leave them 66-5.

But an unbeaten 90 from Danny Attwood provided the backbone for the chase and he was given enough support from the tail to see his team over the line.

Saturday they entertain Coombs Wood.

Pedmore’s game at Colwall was abandoned they will be hoping for better weather this weekend when they host Pershore.