A DEVASTATING spell of pace bowling from Colwall newcomer Luke Dalley put third-placed Bromyard to the sword.

Dalley weighed in with a match-winning return of 6-11 from 11 overs as Bromyard were blown away at Stowe Lane.

The 130-run triumph was Colwall’s fifth win in a row and saw them move 15 points clear of second-placed Hagley and comfortably ahead of the rest in Worcestershire League Division One.

In-form captain Ben Cooke lost the toss and his wicket in the first over as he edged a catch to Rob Willis off Greg Leighton.

Although James Abel (32) and Nick Brown (25) added 48 for the second wicket their departure and the loss of Ben Wheeler for a duck put Bromyard on top.

Ben Febery (26) and Andy Robertson (22) resisted for a while, but four wickets in quick succession left Colwall reeling at 126-8 before Dalley and James Wagstaff added an invaluable 54 for the ninth wicket. The hosts were dismissed for 177 in the 49th over.

Bromyard must have fancied their chances when play resumed after tea, but never got going as Dan Newby (2-19) quickly sent back openers Nick Leighton and Ian Bullock.

Dalley took over to decimate the middle and lower order, while Robertson (2-17) finishing off the rout with the final wicket.

Colwall host Cookley on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Hanley Castle and Upton defeated Colwall seconds by eight wickets in Division Five.

After a poor start from Colwall with George White (3-54) getting a wicket with his first ball Kit Lister (29) and Will Bishop (31) steadied the innings. Matt Morgan (44), Andrew Waters (28) and Steve Coffey (30) all added useful runs but no-one produced a big score and once they went the innings closed on 206-9 from 50 overs.

Coffey made an early breakthrough after tea, but from then on Colwall toiled as Tristan Robinson and Rory Mathews piled on the runs in a decisive century stand.

Mathews eventually fell to a catch off Stu Martin for 72, but Robinson went on to reach an unbeaten 89 as Hanley eased home in style.

Saturday sees Hanley visit Droitwich Spa and Colwall seconds make the trip to West Malvern who defeated neighbours Malvern by six wickets at The Ramblers Ground last weekend.

Daniel Walker took 4-18 and Will Jones picked up 3-22 as Malvern were bowled out for 163. Will Lloyd then hit 68 not out to guide West to victory.

Malvern will hope to bounce back when they host Netherton on Saturday.

In Division One, Worcester Nomads suffered a two-wicket home loss to Hagley despite the best efforts of Nickolas Jones who recorded a half century before taking 4-48.

Nomads visit Burghill, Tillington and Weobley on Saturday.

Elsewhere, 10-man Colwall thirds put up a much-improved display but eventually went down by 14 runs at home to Luctonians seconds in Marches League Division Two.

Colwall fourths clung on to a losing draw in their Division Four clash at Woolhope seconds.