HARVINGTON suffered a second successive defeat at the start of their Worcestershire League Division One campaign as they were beaten by four wickets by Saturday’s visitors Pedmore.
There were a couple of changes as Lee Ross took charge of the 1st XI for the first time and Elliot Thompson made his debut.
Jayden Lennox was the pick of the batsmen in scoring an unbeaten 61 as Harvington notched up 218-7 from their 50 overs, but Pedmore started strongly in reply and were constantly up with the run rate.
With four overs to go Pedmore reached 219-6, leaving the Herons with five points for their efforts.
HARVINGTON 2nds earned a 19-run victory at Malvern in Division Three 2nd XI.
An opening partnership of over 100 saw Stuart Powell score 64 and George Clayton 45 for the first Harvington wicket, but the visitors then collapsed to 166 all out.
Malvern started strongly in reply and at one point were 60-1, but a man of the match performance from Tom Heywood with four wickets in four overs saw the game turn and Malvern were eventually bowled out for 147, giving Harvington 2nds their first win of the season and 20 points.
ON SUNDAY Harvington took on Astwood Bank in the rearranged National Village Knock Out fixture from the previous weekend. Birmingham League outfit Bank fielded the majority of their first team, whilst Harvington took the opportunity to play a number of juniors.
In a game that should have been won comfortably by the stronger opposition, the game turned into a thriller.
Astwood Bank set Harvington 256 to win but Harvington started strongly with a solid opening stand from Andre Delport and Chris Andrews.
Following a couple of wickets, Ross (35) and Simon Rickett (51) put on 70 runs for the fifth wicket, but in the end Harvington ended up short with a reply of 211.
On Saturday Harvington travel to Redditch, whilst the 2nds host Bartestree & Lugwardine.