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Brighton hits century in fine Ledbury win
3:40pm Wednesday 28th August 2013 in Sport
THIRD-placed Ledbury returned to winning ways by 144 runs in Marches League Division Two with a fine allround display against Presteigne.
Asked to bat first, Ledbury’s Paddy Merryman (18) hit out before being bowled by Gary Rhodes.
Jamie Brighton and Jamie Turner scored steadily before the latter twice hit 16 runs in an over to reach his maiden league half-century.
Their fine partnership of 105 ended when opener Turner fell for a dazzling 82 before Luke Ledbury (34) and Brighton punished Presteigne.
Brighton (111 not out) remained the constant as Ledbury’s total was just five runs short of 300 on 295-6.
With the prospect of rain, Ledbury started strongly in the field and Presteigne collapsed to 5-3.
David Nash took two wickets, caught by wicketkeeper Paul Allen, and Neil Andrews picked up the other.
Phil Davies and Robin Sparey repaired the early damage but Ledbury remained in control.
Coming to the end of a fine opening spell, Andrews dismissed Davies for 21 and Turner’s leg-spin proved too good for Sparey (44).
Presteigne seemed to stagnate as Ledbury skipper Steve Evans tried various bowling changes.
Ledbury (2-23) eventually secured a double breakthrough in the 32nd over with Josh Evans showing safe hands at second slip.
Nash (4-40) returned to add two more wickets and Andrews (3-25) closed the game out thanks to a Rob Greening catch.
Presteigne finished on 151 all out and jubilant Ledbury host local rivals Colwall thirds tomorrow (2pm), meeting at 1.15pm.
Ledbury won a friendly at Monmouth by 158 runs after smashing 292 from 35 overs.
Rich Orders (51) and Turner (52) impressed with other contributions from captain Chris Ritchie (33), Karl Foskett (25) and Josh Evans (36).
Vicky Evans (5-25) bagged three early wickets to leave the home team struggling on 14-3 and returned to complete her maiden five-wicket haul from eight overs as Monmouth were dismissed for 134.
- Fifth-placed Eastnor rekindled hopes of a top-three finish in Birmingham and District Premier League Division Two with a sevenwicket win at Halesowen.
Eastnor, replying to 202-8, were set a reduced target due to rain and duly obliged with 177-3. Andrew Fisher (72 not out) and Atiq Ur Rehman (50) starred with the bat.
- Colwall underlined their promotion potential in Worcestershire League Division Two with a four-wicket win over Wormelow.
In Division One, Bromyard fought out a thrilling draw with Worcester which ended with the scores level.
Nine points from the final two matches will secure the Division Six title for Canon Frome after a high-scoring draw at Ombersley thirds.
Andy Rogers scored 81 and Mark Godsall 57.
In Second Xl Division One, Tim Riley scored 99 and took 5-63 in Colwall’s 54-run win over Hagley.