Nomads suffer double trouble with poor losses

2:00pm Saturday 2nd February 2013

WORCESTER Nomads ‘A’ and ‘B’ both fell to Worcestershire Cricket Board Indoor League Division One defeats.

Holders Droitwich Spa ‘A’ appear to be the team to beat after seeing off Nomads ‘A’ and ‘B’ already.

In the latest round of fixtures, league hosts Royal Grammar School Worcester (105-4) defeated the ‘A’ team (101 all out) by four runs.

The students achieved a dramatic victory in the last over after Nomads only needed six runs from as many balls.

Chasing a moderate 105, Curtis Tonks (3-22) removed openers Darren Lakin (19) and Andy Leach (18) before Steve Bowman went for a duck.

Nomads were reduced from 40-0 in the fifth over to 54-3 in the seventh but Derek Austin (13) and Lewis Austin (30) put Nomads back on track.

However, optimistic calling and measured RGS fielding left Nomads five down and Lewis Austin needed 29 from three overs, scoring 23 before he was run out.

Spa ‘A’ (118-5) beat Nomads ‘B’ (86-5) by 32 runs after the Bransford team stunted their progress with four run outs and a lbw decision.

Opener Matt Ormerod crashed 46 not out in reply and Tom Marsh 14 but Paul Gardner, Guy Davies, Tom Baker and Nic Lloyd all departed cheaply.

In Division Two, Bromsgrove (125-2) defeated Malvern (117-2) by seven runs.

Malvern produced their best score in the league but also a record give-away in wides which provided Bromsgrove with half of their total.

In reply, Ash Jones (28no) and Andy Cullen (26no) experienced differing innings lasting 15 and 27 balls respectively. Malvern were always just off the pace and could not score the 20 runs needed from the final over.

Worcester Nomads ‘C’ (118- 4) lost to Droitwich Spa ‘B’ (119-3) by three wickets with Jamie Oliver (38no) and Nick Jones (17) putting on 50 for the first wicket.

Oli Ranscombe added 15 and Malcolm Jones 22no but Spa passed the target after needing 19 from the final three overs.

The previous week, West Malvern opened their campaign with a 57-run defeat after being bowled out for 85 in reply to 142-2.

Avoncroft posted 62 runs before the openers retired and the innings took off with the final five overs producing 78 runs with only one dot ball.

The task was too great for West Malvern, who face Rushwick next Monday, and, after a tentative start, the innings went downhill.

Avoncroft bowlers were on top and only Glen Collins (24) offered much with the bat but he received too little of the strike until being run out in the eighth over.

Ben Tanner (11) was caught in the 11th over to seal an easy victory for Avoncroft.

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