Cricket
Amundsen is in seventh heaven

By Jamie Arrowsmith 07/06 Updated: 07/06 16:49

A STUNNING bowling performance from Chris Amundsen helped Belbroughton to a six-wicket Worcestershire League Division Two victory at Netherton on Saturday.

Amundsen ripped through the Netherton batting order after Spa decided to bowl first, returning superb figures of 7-31 from 15 overs.

The hosts were in major trouble at 51-6 before Russell Oseland (38) and Steve Matthews (24) added 50 for the seventh wicket to give the innings some stability.

Tom Oliver (1-17) trapped Matthews lbw to end that partnership and the innings folded quite quickly from that point, ending on 131.

Geoff Day (1-19) and William Pardoe (1-21) took the other wickets to fall.

Belbroughton also stuttered at the start of their innings as openers Olly Hawker and Jack Pearlman fell cheaply but captain William Pardoe led by example with an unbeaten 76.

He received good support from Day (18) and Oliver (27) as the visitors reached their target at 132-4 in the 34th over.

Belbroughton, who sit third in the table, entertain Rushwick on tomorrow.

CHADDESLEY Corbett picked up their first positive result of the Division Three season with a winning draw at home against Tenbury Wells.

Chris Mole top scored with an unbeaten 76 after the hosts were asked to bat first and with Sam Boden (45), Cole O’Connor (29) and David Chappel (29) also making solid contributions, they posted 245-9 from their 50 overs.

Sam Mason and Bruce Mason proved Tenbury Wells’ biggest threats with the ball, taking 3-53 and 2-73 respectively.

Chaddesley, who visit Alveley tomorrow, pushed hard for the win but were ultimately frustrated by Tom Rawlings who finished unbeaten on 98.

David Perry (5-47) and Chris Mole (3-54) prized out wickets at regular intervals but Tenbury Wells held on at 225-9, the final wicket pair putting on 13 to avoid defeat.

THERE was a day of disappointment for Avoncroft as they lost by seven wickets at home to Lye in Division Four.

It was Avoncroft’s first defeat of the season and leaves them second in the table ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Martley.

Avoncroft were dismissed for 193 inside 47 overs having been put in with openers Matt Hare (47) and Mark Whitehead (29) top scoring.

Lye had little difficulty in reaching their target thanks to Mark Webster (79) and Nicholls (79no).

Ben Warwick (3-27) did his best to peg Lye back but they got home at 194-3 in the 32nd over.

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