LUDLOW CC sit firmly in mid-table at the halfway stage of the Shropshire Premier season after completing an up-and-down first half of the campaign with a crucial win last weekend.

Ruel Brathwaite’s men leapt up to seventh in the table with a 53-run win over strugglers Bomere Heath thanks chiefly to an excellent bowling and fielding display.

That victory has moved them 33 points clear of the bottom two and they have the chance to extend that gap when they visit ninth-placed Wellington this Saturday.

They will need to improve with the bat to do so, having got away with a pretty average batting performance last weekend.

Ludlow were grateful to a second-wicket stand of 99 between Luke Miles (54) and James Kinder (52) in their total of 175 all out with only one other batsman reaching double figures.

Bomere bowler Jamie Dean (6-30) whistled through their middle order but Ludlow proved equally adept with the ball as Sam Edwards (4-23) reduced the visitors to 53-4.

With the middle order showing some resistance and Bomere well ahead on run rate, Ludlow looked in danger of a damaging defeat.

But Miles (4-31) and Joe Williams (2-27) instigated a collapse as Bomere lost their last five wickets for just ten runs, slipping from 112-5 to 122 all out.