21st Jan, 2018

Pershore celebrate successive promotions

Liam Moakes 6th Sep, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

PERSHORE sealed successive promotions on Saturday as the abandonment of their game against Astwood Bank clinched runners-up spot in Birmingham League Division Three.

With two matches still to play, the Plums are assured of at least a second placed finish in their first season back in the Birmingham League following their 2015 Worcestershire League Division One title triumph.

Rain in the morning reduced the clash at The Bottoms to a 30 overs per side contest, but only 15 overs were completed before further heavy showers meant the game was abandoned with Pershore 80-3.

With third placed Bank needing victory to maintain their own outside chances of promotion and fourth placed Streetly losing to leaders and likely champions Fordhouses, Pershore could begin the celebrations.

The success of the side is down to a fantastic team ethic and spirit.

For the second season running the Plums decided not to use an overseas player and instead invested in the players who had got them promoted to the Birmingham League.

Led by their energetic talisman Chris Ridings, the team have been indebted to their spin bowlers, particularly Taylor Pugh and Matt Brace, and the batting of Adam Wiffen, Liam Ridings and Brace.

Pershore captain Chris Ridings said: “It’s been an incredible team effort all year, with every player in the squad playing a huge role in the side’s success.

“I am unbelievably proud to captain such a great group of guys and hope we can build on this success next season.”

Pershore visit Newport on Saturday before ending the season at home to Aston Manor on September 17.

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