WEST Malvern are through to the national rounds of the Voneus Village Cup after a thrilling four-run victory over Wormelow in their Regional Final on Sunday afternoon.

Hosts Wormelow had the chance to win the match in the final over of the match but the Malvern bowlers kept it tight to book their place in the next round, where they will travel to Cropston.

Malvern posted 220/8 from their 40 overs, including 84 (from 87 deliveries) from the bat of Matthew Blatherwick and 59 from Charles Bevan.

Wormelow's Richard Stafford scored 48 and James Snow scored 43 in reply but they fell agonisingly short as Malvern moved a step close to Lord's.

West Malvern's focus was always on the Village Cup clash on the Sunday but they did also have their league match with Romsley & Hunnington to play first.

It finished in a losing draw for the visitors, who had to settle for seven points from the clash after Romsley had posted 270/6 from their 50 overs.

It was always going to be a difficult chase and it proved a step too far in terms of a victory but they managed to navigate the 50 overs in order to take something from the game.

The result means they stay in second place in the Worcestershire County League Division Four, four points behind leaders Netherton.