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Wilks on form as Pershore stay top
8:30pm Sunday 22nd July 2012 in Sport
TIRELESS work by ground staff, players and helpers enabled Pershore to extend their lead at the top of Worcestershire Cricket League Division One.
Their game with Worcester Nomads at The Bottoms went ahead after a massive effort but was restricted to 30 overs per side.
Nomads skipper Ben Schiffman won the toss and asked the hosts to bat on a wet but playable pitch. His bowlers made full use of the conditions in making scoring difficult for the home batsmen.
But openers Tim Smith (31) and David White (37) laid the foundations before Lee Wilks, with a blistering 49 not out from just 36 balls, enabled Pershore to post a competitive 144-5.
In reply, third-placed Nomads were unable to get up to the required rate and scored 18 runs from the first nine overs.
All-rounder Liam O’Driscoll’s quick-fire 27 looked like retrieving the situation but, in the gathering gloom, the rate again dropped.
With the rain falling heavily, the sides were just able to complete the 25 overs that constituted a match as Nomads reached 92-5. Opening bowler Luke Dalley claimed 2-13 from six overs and Wilks 2-12 from five.
It gave Pershore a 10-point winning draw and enabled them to increase their advantage at the top of the table. They now lead Astwood Bank by 10 points after 13 fixtures and head to Bromyard on Saturday (1.30pm).
Pershore seconds’ game at Enville in Division Two was abandoned and they hope for better luck at home to Bromyard on Saturday (1.30pm).
In Division Seven, Pershore thirds lost by 85 runs at their high-flying Enville counterparts and are third-from-bottom in the table. Skipper Rhodri Parfitt (68 not out) held together the Enville innings which ended on 147-9 from 45 overs, despite Jason Brown taking 4-13.
In reply, only wicketkeeper Kelvin Lewis and the extras column scored 16 with Philip Steers and William Green both scoring 10 to be the only others hitting double figures.
Pershore slumped to 62 all out with Sam Hogan taking 4-2 in 8.1 overs and Katie Roberts 4-13.