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Fine bowling display can't save Ludlow 2nd against Quatt
A SPIRITED bowling display could not save Ludlow 2nd from a two-wicket home defeat against Quatt 2nd in the Shropshire County League Premier Division 2nd XI.
James Kinder (3-26), Glen Whittaker (3-31) and Edward Rayen (2-29) made Quatt fight to the finish after Ludlow had been dismissed for 114 in the 46th over.
Rob Genner (53) and Will Gough (27) top-scored for Ludlow, whose innings contained four ducks and were tormented by Richard Jones (5-16 from 11 overs).
Ed Riley bagged 4-9 to lead Corvedale to a superb 46-run home success against Ellesmere in Division Two.
Adam Williams (35) and debutant Max Staley (32) lifted Corvedale to 153 all out against accurate bowling from Mike Lewis (5-23).
But Riley’s fine spell, with support from Williams (2-10) and Harry Aldridge (2-24) sent Ellesmere tumbling to 107 all out.
Bishop’s Castle suffered an agonising one-wicket defeat at Condover in a low-scoring thriller, also in Division Two.
Richard Fifield (16), Richard Plant (15), Simon Palmer (12 not out) and Andrew Lewis (10) reached double figures in Castle’s 76 all out in 31.1 overs.
Palmer then shone with the ball, taking 5-39, and Edgar Whately weighed in with 3-32 but Condover squeezed home in 30 overs.
Church Stretton triumphed in Division Three, posting 121-6 and then routing Beacon for just 101 in 38.1 overs.
Paul Cottrell claimed 4-24 and top scored with 29 but Bishop’s Castle 2nd crashed to a two-wicket home loss against Condover 2nd after posting 132-8 in 2nd XI Division Three.
Ludlow 3rd claimed a winning draw from a Division Five home match against Quayside after Dan Hillman (39) and Steve Small (32) had helped them to 166-8 from 40 overs.
Simon Miles snapped up 3-27 and Quayside reached 114-7.
Cleobury Mortimer suffered a seven-wicket home defeat against table-topping Ross-on-Wye in Worcestershire County League Division Four.
Herefordshire Cricket’s level three coach Christiaan Ferreira took 5-8 from 12.5 overs to shoot out Cleobury for just 58, with Michael Green making 16.
Former Usk batsman Seb Warwick then struck 32 not out as Ross romped home in 11.4 overs despite Tom Redfern picking up 2-15.
Knighton-on-Teme were denied by the barman from Stone’s local pub in their winning draw in Division Six.
Stone were hanging on at 187-9 after Mark Evans (74), Jack Brain (58) and Tom Whistance (43 no) had powered Knighton to an impressive 239-7 from 45 overs.
Chris Harler (47) and James Batsford (41) led Stone’s reply but they were hanging on after fine spells from Adam Grosvenor (3-28) and Whistance (3-33).
Knighton spokesman Dave Pullen said: “We were pushing for the last wicket and the last batsman was the barman from Stone’s local pub.
“We had an over to get the final wicket but we didn’t quite get it,” he conceded.
He added: “Adam Grosvenor bowled very well — he’s only 16 but he’s a breath of fresh air. He bowls wicket to wicket and is going to be a very good player.”
Kier Sellars (4-18) and Jack Farrah (4-48) were in top form for Tenbury 2nd but they lost by 25 runs at Stourbridge Social 2nd in 2nd XI Division Three.