Ledbury cricketers toast title

Ledbury cricketers toast title

Ledbury cricketers toast title

First published in Sport

LEDBURY won the Marches Cricket League Division Two title without bowling a ball.

The leaders fell victim to flooding in the Weobley area that left the hosts unable to prepare a wicket.

But rivals Almeley lost at Knighton-on-Teme by three wickets, leaving Ledbury assured of the title and promotion with two games left.

They look to celebrate the championship and maintain their unbeaten record at home to Knighton tomorrow (2pm).

Meanwhile, Ledbury seconds allayed Division Three relegation fears with 19 points from a 110-run home thrashing of Moccas.

They got off to an explosive start with Chris Ritchie making the most of opening the batting.

Ledbury hit 40 runs in the first six overs as Ritchie smashed a rapid 38 before he was caught in the slips.

Rob Yeoman accumulated steadily with the in-form Josh Evans as they batted Moccas out of the game.

They took the score past 100 and 16-year-old Evans was first to 50, giving him his second consecutive league half-century after 68 not out against Builth Wells.

But, this time, Evans was on 58 when a lapse in concentration saw him caught in the gully.

Yeoman, who also passed 50 the week before, was bowled for a fine 49.

With skipper Steve Burgess adding an enterprising 21 not out, Ledbury closed on 195-5.

Moccas started slowly in the face of fine bowling from Si Ritchie and Steve Large (0-24).

Si Ritchie (2-30) broke through as Shaun Webb was caught behind by brother Chris for nine.

He also accounted for the dangerous Alan Harris, who threatened with 28 before being bowled.

Vicky Evans bowled Colin Prothero (6) and claimed the prize wicket of Dave Hobby (19) thanks to an acrobatic catch by Rich Orders.

Evans added two more wickets as Moccas’ batting fell away and finished her seven overs with 4-15.

Jason Belcher (2-14) and Jai Smallwood (1-1) cleaned the tail up for 85 with man-of-the-match Josh Evans taking a fine slip catch. The seconds play at Widemarsh Lads Club tomorrow (2pm).

Meanwhile, Ledbury hold their annual club day on Sunday at the Full Pitcher ground.

The over 30s play the under 30s in a two-innings match at 10.30am for a trophy donated by the club’s Merv Moodley.

There will be a barbecue from early afternoon and ex-players, members and spectators are welcome.

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