Pedmore secure 2nd place, Hagley B notch up another win 


Pedmore (115-5) beat Enville (110) by 5 runs


Pedmore beat Enville in a closely fought encounter by 5 runs to secure the 2nd spot in Kinver Indoor League.  

Batting first, Captain Matt Porter promoted himself to open with normal opener Dan Jones on skiing holiday.  They got off to slow start with Dave Skelding (14) struggling to get going. John Herdman (28) joining Porter started to move the scoreboard, with the latter retiring soon after. 

Ryan Beaumont playing his first game did not last long being run out for 4 and the remaining batsmen struggled for runs. Porter returned late to add much needed impetus to the innings and finished on 40 not out.

Enville in return chasing a large total set about the task manfully with Captain Jono Howells (32) in fine form. Greg Tomkins (26 n.o) joining Tom Bingham (25) also looked in good touch and took a liking to John Wenham smashing 39 off his two overs. At half way Enville were well placed at 63 without loss, but with the retirement of the main batsmen the scoring slowed.

They required 12 to win from the last over which was still well within reach but Skelding kept his nerve and delivered when it mattered to concede only 6 runs.


Oldswinford (90-5) lost to Hagley B (92-3) by 3 wickets


Oldswinford batting first got off to a cautious start, only scoring 15 off the first 3 overs. This prompted Captain Harry Stanier to force the issue and he lost his wicket in the process. The other batsmen also found it hard to get any rhythm into the innings and they were helped by a generous Hagley B attack who conceded quite a few wides. Dave Friel (25 n.o) opening struggled all innings and reached retirement from the last ball of the innings much to the amusement of his team mates.


Hagley B in reply got off to a good start with Captain Steve Plant (26 n.o) and Rob Hancock (28 n.o) in fine form. Sid James joined Hancock after the retirement of Plant and took the score up to 80. The game took an interesting twist with Hagley losing two wickets which meant they had to score 4 from the final over. Pat Addis delivered a top over which included four dot balls and a wicket but he conceded three runs from the final ball which took Hagley to victory.


Hagley continue their march towards the title, Enville join Pedmore in 2nd

Hagley ‘A’ (114-4) beat Hagley ‘B’ (98-3) by 16 runs 

Hagley A elected to bat first and a reversal of the batting order saw Dan Giles and Ed Rhodes (33 n.o) promoted to open. Giles didn’t last long as he was run out for 6 with the score at 17. Jon McDonnel (25 n.o) joining Rhodes didn’t waste any time to retire but the rest of the batsmen failed to keep up the momentum later on.

Hagley B in response also lost their first wicket at 17 and it was left to Stan James, in fine form for a veteran, to take the fight to the A team. Andy Millard (27 n.o) also enjoyed himself but James’ dismissal sparked a slow scoring rate and the run chase fizzled away.

Enville (109-3) beat Oldswinford (103-2) by 6 runs

Enville were given a real game in this late match by Oldswinford who were determined to break their duck but stopped 6 runs short of victory.  

Enville batting first started encouragingly and didn’t lose a wicket until they reached 75. Jono Howells (25) and Tom Bingham (28) all got runs and up on their retirement, Greg Tomkins (27 n.o) took over. But Tomkins’ retirement brought a quite phase and what should have been a big total ended up being 109.

Mark Watts (25 n.o) and Paddy Addis (25 n.o) got Oldswinford off to a flying start and after 6 overs the score was 60 with no wickets lost. Oldswinford must have smelt victory at this point and Captain Hogg Stanier kept the hopes alive with a sensible knock. When he was run out at 95, an Oldswinford victory still looked the only result but some poor batting tactics wise where they tried to hit fours instead of running cost them the match. Enville ran out victors at the end by 6 runs, a match they had no right to win.


Pedmore lose the chance to close in on Hagley A, Enville cement 3rd place

Pedmore (83) lost to Hagley A (88-2) by 4 wickets

This match presented a golden chance for Pedmore to go level on points with Hagley A but they faltered miserably. They were playing catch up once they lost two wickets for 15 runs and it took Paul Taylor and John Herdman to push the score along.

It wasn’t easy though as John Lennon took 18-2 in his three overs and Pedmore lost wickets at regular intervals ultimately not even playing out their full quota of overs to be all out for 83.

Hagley A didn’t have to shift gears and Lennon started cautiously, well aware that they only had to chase 83 to win. Mike Stead (25 n.o) on the other hand was timing the ball well and once he retired Lennon started to play his normal game and the score rocketed. By the time they lost their first wicket, the score was 77 and the game was over.

Hagley B (81-3) lost to Enville (82-1) by 5 wickets

Hagley B was off to a flyer with Steve Plant and Steve James (25 n.o) playing well but once they lost their first wicket at 61, the remaining batsmen couldn’t keep up the good work and the innings descended alarmingly.

A target of 82 was never going to test Enville and although they lost their Captain Jono Howells for 3, Matt Branch (25 n.o) and Lee Passmore played sensibly to ease any fears. Passmore scored the winning runs in the 8th over after Branch had retired and they were also aided by 22 wides from the Hagley B side who remain 4th.



Hagley A and Pedmore head away from the chasing pack

Pedmore (127-2) beat Oldswinford (82-3) by 45 runs

Pedmore started slowly having opted to bat but Dave Skelding (26 n.o) and Paul Taylor (27 n.o) soon got to grips with the bowling. John Herdman carried on the good work with Taylor after Skelding retired but there was plenty of aid on offer for them as Oldswinford’s bowling was wayward.

After Taylor retired, remaining batsmen continued the run fest finishing on 127, which is the highest score so far this season.

Oldswinford in reply to the large total also started slowly. They lost their first wicket at 13 and it was the turn of inform Captain Harry Stainer who retired having made 27. Opener Matt Watts also retired having scored an impressive 25 but the innings fizzled out as the remaining batsmen could not continue the work and the innings finished at 82.

It leaves Pedmore 2 points behind the leaders Hagley ‘A’ while Oldswinford remain rock bottom having failed to win a match yet.  


Enville (85-3) lost to Hagley A (86-1) by 4 wickets

Enville had Matt Branch playing his first match of the season and understandably he struggled to time the ball early on. Captain Jono Howells had a rare short stay at the crease being run out for 4. With the score on 21, Tom Bingham joined Branch (25 n.o) and tried to up the rate but once Branch retired Enville found runs hard to come in the face of some good Hagley bowling.

Hagley ‘A’ gave up their free scoring mood and commenced slowly. Enville opening bowlers Lee Passmore an Bingham were on the money too and the scores were level at half way point pointing to a close finish. But Captain Paul Morgan and opener Mike Stead (25 n.o) had other ideas and saw Hagley ‘A’ home with one over to spare.


Hagley A remain top while Pedmore keeps tabs on them

Pedmore (122-2) beat Hagley ‘B’ (91-3) by 31 runs

Pedmore batting first, got off to a sluggish start finding runs hard to come by. They lost their first wicket when Dave Skelding was run out for 12. Then Dan Jones took matters into his own hands and began hitting hard making 25 before retiring. Captain Matt Porter and Paul Taylor carried on the good work after the half way stage producing 82 runs in the final 6 overs which gave Pedmore a resounding total.

Hagley ‘B’ in return started well with two openers Steve Plant (26 n.o) and Rob Hancock (25 n.o) scoring briskly. At half way stage they were in front of the run rate but after the retirement of openers the rate dropped drastically. This was mainly due to 3 quick overs by Taylor who only conceded 15 runs in the process.


Hagley ‘A’ (124-2) beat Oldswinford (82-3) by 42 runs

Table toppers Hagley ‘A’ were no match to the bottom side Oldswinford as they ran out winners by 42 runs. Oldswinford started well though with Paddy Addis taking a brilliant one handed catch to remove Mike Stead. However, it was all Hagley from thereon in with Paul Morgan (30 n.o) joining Joe Lennon (25 n.o) upped the rate putting the bowlers under pressure. John McDonnell (25 n.o) provided the late sparks although Hagley lost Dan Giles to the bowling of Jack Stanier who took 14-2 from 3 overs.

The chase got off to a poor start as Oldswinford lost opener Mike Watts in the 3rd over. Jack (25 n.o) joining his brother Harry Stanier (29 n.o) started to take the attack to Hagley ‘A’ but on Harry’s retirement they lost their way and couldn’t keep up with the run rate ultimately falling short by 42 runs.  


Pedmore cruise to victory, Hagley B get on the board

Pedmore cruised to victory over reigning champions and Hagley B got on the board beating Oldswinford in a crunch clash.

Enville (76) lost to Pedmore (80-1) by 5 wickets

Enville showed no signs of the impending disaster as they made a bright start with openers Jono Howells (33) and Tom Bingham putting on 44 in a solid opening partnership. But faced with some quick and accurate bowling from Paul Taylor and Dave Skelding they wilted to lose the next five wickets for mere 32 runs. Captain Howells returned and tried to repair the damage but no one was willing to stay with him.

Pedmore didn’t have to take any chances with the target well within reach. They phased their innings well, especially with Skelding (25 n.o) finding form at the right time. He also picked up 2-10 in his 3 overs putting in an all-around performance. Eventually they reached the target with one over to spare.

Hagley B (90-4) beat Oldswinford (77-5) by 13 runs

This was a crucial game for both sides having failed to win a game yet in the league. Hagley B made a steady start with Captain Steve Plant (28) on fine form and once the first wicket fell at 37 he was joined by Ian Moss. Moss (25 n.o) threw caution to the wind along with his captain and pushed the score up to 77. Oldswinford got themselves back in the match with an impressive bowling display late on to restrict Hagley B to 90-4.

In reply, Oldswinford got off to the worst possible start losing a wicket in the second over. Captain Harry Stainer (27) was the only batsman to show any fight as others fell by the wayside and it took some wayward bowling by Hagley to reduce the winning margin. Ultimately Oldswinford finished at 77-5 handing Hagley B their first taste of victory in the campaign.




Hagley A win the battle of Hagley, Enville stroll past Oldswinford

Hagley A won the battle of Hagley while Enville dispatched Oldswinford quite comfortably.

Enville (115-1) beat Oldswinford (91-1) by 24 runs


Enville batted first and got off to their usual steady start with openers Jono Howells (26 n.o) and Spencer Mann (26) scoring freely. Once they retired, Enville lost their first wicket at 66, but the remaining batsmen consolidated the platform that was set. George Roberts, carrying on from last week, bludgeoned his way to a quick fire 18 which helped set up a formidable total.

Oldswinford didn’t get off to the greatest of starts with 1st team captain Tom Blunt, making his first start for 2017, getting out fairly cheaply but Captain Harry Stanier (26 n.o) carried the mantle for the chasers. On his retirement Matt Watts and Tom Slater tried to keep the runs flowing but tight bowling from the Enville spin twins Alex Craven and Greg Tomkins tightened the screws. Slater finished with a creditable 26 not out but the game was out of reach by then.

Hagley A 105 all out beat Hagley B 84-4 by 21 runs


The battle of Hagley saw the favourites ‘A’ team win the toss and electing to bat. In a surprising move, Captain Paul Morgan reversed the batting order thus giving the chance for Ed Rhodes and Dan Giles to open. They didn’t disappoint, putting on 62 for the first wicket. Then they ran into a bit of a wobble losing two more on 73 but Hagley B let them get away to post a competitive 105.

Their start wasn’t good either, by the end of the 3rd over they had lost two wickets with the score on 17. Rob Hancock (30 n.o) seemed to be on his own in the chase, James Russell brought some hope but upon his dismissal any hopes they had of victory faded. Morgan brought his bowling arm out of retirement delivering two economical overs and also claimed a wicket for good measure. Hagley B finished at 84-4.





Enville strike back to record first win, Hagley remain the team to beat


Enville (120-2) beat Hagley B (86 all out) by 34 runs

Enville put their disappointment against Hagley A last week behind them and conjured a complete performance to beat newcomers Hagley B by 34 runs. After a cautious start, Enville got to grips with the rhythm of the match thus scoring became easier.

The highlight of the innings was George Roberts (25 n.o) smashing six boundaries in one over bowled by Steve Plant. His fireworks and Jono Howells (28 n.o) and Jay Willis (24 n.o) lifted Enville 120-2, the highest score of the competition so far.

Hagley B in reply lost two wickets in the first over which made their task even harder. Apart R. Hancock’s 28 other batsmen struggled eventually finishing 86 all out. This was a much needed win for Enville while Hagley B’s introduction couldn’t get any tougher as they face unbeaten Hagley A next week.


Pedmore (117-5) lost to Hagley A (118-2) by 4 wickets

Pedmore didn’t get off to an auspicious start as they lost opener Dave Skelding in the 2nd over with the score on 13. After the tidy start, Hagley A lost control of the game and John Herdman (29) and Dan Jones (36) combined to take the game to them. A respectable total of 117 meant that Hagley’s chasing ability was put under the microscope.

They lost opener Mike Stead in the first over, but captain Paul Morgan (26 n.o) joined Joe Lennon (28 n.o) and set about the chase again with Lennon in particular in his normal hard hitting mood. Once they retired, runs dried up and match became more even. Hagley needed 8 runs from the last over but they surpassed the target with two balls to spare to win a very entertaining contest.





Reigning Champions Hagley off to a flying start

Hagley A were too much to handle for Enville CC as the reigning champions got off to a flying start in the 2017 WCBL Kinver Indoor League. In the other match in Week 1, Pedmore comprehensively beat Oldswinford by 29 runs.

Enville (85-5) lost to Hagley A (86-1) by 5 wickets

Enville were asked to bat first and openers Greg Tomkins (29) and Spencer Mann (27) provided them a solid platform. Once they retired, Enville lost their way losing their first wicket at 71 and it was all downhill from then onwards. Other batsmen struggled to keep the good start going as they lost wickets frequently.

Hagley’s reply started in characteristic hard hitting fashion chasing 86 to win. Joe Lennon (26 n.o) was again leading from the front and gave no comfort to Enville bowlers who found it difficult to contain the flow of runs. The only wicket came from a run out and Captain Paul Morgan and John McDonnell continued to score freely once Lennon retired to cruise to the target in the 10th over.

Pedmore (114-4) beat Oldswinford (85-4) by 29 runs

In match two, Pedmore won the toss and elected to bat. Openers Dave Skelding (32 n.o) and Dan Jones (29) batted steadily to begin with and were aided by some wayward bowling from Oldswinford. After the openers’ retirement, remaining Pedmore batsmen didn’t hang around keeping up the pace that was set.

114-4 was challenging, but Oldswinford gave it a real go with H. Stainer (25 n.o) and Mark Watts (27 n.o) playing smartly. The first wicket only fell at 70 but the remaining batsmen fell by the wayside. It left too much for the returning openers as they finished at 85-4.