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Cotswold Hills League: Victories vital for struggling basement outfits

SURVIVAL for Henley-in-Arden and Tanworth-in-Arden will be almost impossible if they lose and Earlswood beat Wellesbourne in the Premier Division tomorrow.

SURVIVAL for Henley-in-Arden and Tanworth-in-Arden will be almost impossible if they lose and Earlswood beat Wellesbourne in the Premier Division tomorrow.

Both sides occupy the bottom two places and remain 56 points behind Earlswood with just five games remaining.

Henley travel to Overbury in a deflated mood after losing by 17 runs to third-placed Kineton last week.

Tanworth slumped to a seven-wicket defeat at Bretforton and know that a win at Stratford Bards is imperative if they are to stand any chance of survival.

In the First Division, Catherine-de-Barnes' promotion challenge took a further blow as they suffered their fifth consecutive defeat.

Mid-table Bidford-on-Avon were dismissed for 197 but the visitors' reply wilted and they were bowled out for 177, 20 runs short of their target.

Catney are now faced with a huge challenge to claim the title which looked certain to be heading to Hampton Lane just a few weeks ago. A win tomorrow at home to lowly Broadway would help them reignite their promotion aspirations.

After defeating bottom side Ebrington last week, Rowington visit Winchcombe hoping to repeat their success.

Graham Sly was the inspiration in the R's Division Two victory last week after cracking 118 past the struggling side.

Rowington opened the batting with a respectable 255-5. Ebrington then struggled in reply and were undone by Scott Rogers who took 4-14 as the hosts were dismissed for 166.

Another team on the up are inform Fourth Division side, Dorridge & Hockley Heath.

A comfortable seven-wicket win over Alcester & Ragley II now leaves the ever-improving team in third place with the chance to push the top two to the wire in the closing weeks of the season.

Alcester & Ragley were bowled out for just 132 and the hosts reached their target with the loss of only three wickets.

They will need to be at the top of their game if they are to beat unbeaten league leaders Bretforton II tomorrow.

 

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