BISHOPS Castle captain Simon Palmer joked he is cursing the ‘never-ending’ football season after part-time bowler Jack Perry’s six-fer.

Perry, a goalkeeper for Llanidloes Town, has only played four games this season for Castle but took a match-winning 6-24 against Cae Glas in Shropshire League Division Four.

Skipper Palmer groaned: “The football season seems to go on for 12 months now – we were lucky last weekend because he was playing on a Friday night, so he was able to turn out for us too.

“It’s quite a problem, not just with him but with a few – but we can’t do anything about it. Hopefully we’ll have him available now and again.

“But it’s a pain in the backside, football – we had a six-week window without it and that’s it!”

Before limiting Cae Glas’ reply to 134-9, Perry (40no) earlier top-scored as he and Richard Fifield (36) led Castle, fourth in the table, to 157-8.

Will Sparrow hit Ludlow’s first Shropshire Premier Division century of the season but it proved in vain as they lost a thriller by one wicket at home to Sentinel.

Sparrow’s 119 rescued Ludlow from 28-4 as he anchored them to 208 but they were made to pay for not batting out their full allocation of overs.

Luke Miles’ 4-25 almost salvaged victory as Sentinel slipped to 42-3 in reply but they sneaked home at 209-9 thanks largely to opener Steven Gray’s 97.

In Division Two, Ludlow seconds (140) lost by seven wickets to Oswestry (143-5) despite skipper Glen Whittaker’s 42.

Opener Saif Khalid’s 42 was not enough to prevent Church Stretton (191-8) falling by 63 runs at Column, for whom Milun Dhansingani hit an unbeaten 100, in Division Four.

Corvedale (218-7) top Division Six after Adam Williams (95), Glyn Tipton (56) and Craig Massey (4-31) guided them to a 103-run win at Beacon.

Tenbury’s unbeaten start continued in Worcestershire Division Eight West, seven bowlers striking as they skittled Hagley for 87. Andrew Adams (43no) and Alfie Watts (34no) sealed victory without loss.

But Cleobury Mortimer (166) lost for the first time in Division Seven, all out for 166 in reply to Evesham’s 263.

In the Marches League, Matthew James hit 58 and took 4-17 as Knighton-on-Teme (141) beat Fownhope Strollers by 20 runs.