12:00pm Thursday 19th September 2013
COOMBS Wood clinched their survival in Worcestershire League Division Two after claiming a winning draw at Wormelow.
The Halesowen side picked up 16 points from the contest, which proved enough to maintain their status this season.
They entered the game as one of five teams that could have accompanied rock bottom Tenbury Wells down to Division Three.
But a sublime batting display by Sam Perruzza set Coombs Wood on their way to a huge total of 308-4.
Perruzza plundered 114 and together with James Andrews who added 60, put them into a commanding position.
Wormelow looked in trouble when they slumped to 21-2 in reply, but a third wicket stand of 157 threatened to turn matters around.
The departure of Jamie Banfield for 109 restored the advantage to Coombs Wood as Wormleow finally closed on 232-9, Rad Genesh grabbing bowling figures of four for 73 while skipper Mike Langford and Perruzza picked up two wickets apiece.
As a result, Stourport, who finished nine points adrift of Coombs Wood, were relegated.
Meawhile, Old Hill finished eighth in this season’s Birmingham League Division One after their final match against Worcestershire side Bromsgrove was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to the wet weather.
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