WEST Malvern's journey in the Voneus Village Cup has come to an end after a 117-run defeat at Cropston in the last-32 stage of the prestigious competition.

A 200-run partnership between Stephen Punchard (116*) and Dan Hickinbottom (99) helped the hosts post 290/4 from their 40 overs after coming to the crease with the score on 72/3.

It was an uphill battle to try and chase down the big total but at 88/2 Malvern were in with a shout but wickets then fell at a frequent rate from there onwards and they were eventually bowled out for 173.

Malvern were competing in the competition for the first time and came within four matches of the final at Lord's and exit the tournament with plenty of credit.

On the Saturday, both the first team and second team games were cancelled due to the rain that caused havoc across the country on what was a particularly wet Saturday afternoon.

The first team did have a friendly fixture with local rivals Ledbury in mid-week, however, which saw hosts Ledbury win by seven wickets.

The visitors won the toss and chose to bat, but struggled for runs.

Rowan Dakin top scored with 33 but other than a 29 contribution from Josh Owens, the rest of the order failed to reach double figures.

Ledbury only required 15 overs to reach their target, with Chris Richie finishing on 27 not out.