BAD weather took its toll one the Worcestershire County League fixture list with just seven matches surviving the deluge.

The only premier division match saw Stourbridge take top spot after a nine wicket home victory over Evesham in a rain affected game.

J Johal (50*) was the hero after visiting opener S Khan (63*) carried his bat through the innings to keep the Evesham batting afloat.

It was a similar story in division one where the only game to survive was played at Whitegates Farm between Worcester Nomads and Cookley.

In a match reduced to thirty-eight overs per side Worcester Nomads dismissed their opponents for 149 with Jamie Brighton (59) being the only batsman who came to terms with conditions for the visitors.

In reply the loss of opener David White (50) with the score on 100-4 gave Cookley a chance and they continued to take wickets regularly to dismiss the bottom half of the home team's batting and secure victory a 17 runs and move in to third position.

In division two the only match to survive was played between two teams sitting at the bottom of the table, Bartestree & Lugwardine and Himley.

Visitors Himley won the toss and inserted the home team in a match reduced to forty five overs per side.

Hassan Ahmed (4-29) then proved to be the pick of the bowlers during a solid all round bowling performance which limited the home team to a first innings total of 146-8, a challenge that proved well within their reach as Jordan Whitehouse (43*) provided the stability required to chase down the target and win by six wickets with plenty of overs to spare.

In division three all six matches were lost to the weather.

In division four only the match between the top two teams survived where Stourport played host to leaders Harborne.

In a match reduced to forty overs per side the visitors batted first and early order batsmen Daniel Leach (65) and captain Rob Powell (50) built a solid foundation that only started to crack when the home team introduced Christian Parry (6-37) in to the attack.

His excellent first innings contribution brought the home team back into the game as they eventually restricted Harborne to a first innings total of 202.

However, a fine opening burst from Harborne's Arshad Siddiq (5-28) wrestled back control for the leaders who eventually went on to win the match by over one hundred and extend their lead at the top.

Half of the matches were contested in division five, games at Longmore, the Glebe and Lye all produce a result.

Lye remain at the top as they beat Feckenham by nine wickets in a rain reduced game, Chaddesley Corbett moved in to second position as they also won a match reduced to thirty-five overs against Malvern.

Malvern batted first and were able to post a challenging first innings total (168-5) thanks to good contributions from Craig Jackson (78) and Matt Carver (57).

However, Chaddesley answered the call as captain Anoup Nandra (78*) supported well by Holden Whittaker (40*) produced an excellent second wicket partnership to lead the home team to victory and up to a season high second place in the table.

In the other match played Ajay Kumar (62) helped Droitwich Spa to a welcome two wicket win at the Glebe against Hanley Castle & Upton.