2:14pm Thursday 25th July 2013
DAN Cooper made a dramatic impact as Pedmore pulled off an impressive four wicket win over Redditch in Worcestershire League Division One.
Cooper impressed with both bat and ball as Pedmore chased down a Redditch target of 224-4 with four overs to spare.
Luke Davis held the Redditch innings together by scoring 85 as his side were removed just two balls shy of their allotted 50 overs.
Pedmore, who were without opener Danny McDonnell, saw Cooper rise to the challenge by hitting 62.
Dave Skelding gave the innings added impetus when scoring 50 to take Pedmore to the verge of victory.
Pedmore skipper James Burgoyne said: “Dave Skelding got the innings back going again and saw us to within four or five runs of victory.
“But it was Dan Cooper who really made an impact. “He hasn’t been available to us owing to his university commitments. “Even if Danny McDonnell had been available, we’d have still found room for Dan.”
Pedmore host Belbroughton on Saturday minus both McDonnell and Paul Pickering.
Burgoyne added: “Although the victory over Redditch keeps us clear of the bottom two, we might have to go one better than that as there could be two teams coming down into the Worcestershire League from the Birmingham League this season.
“If that proves the case, then three teams could be relegated this season.”
n Belbroughton found themselves blitzed by Worcester who beat them by 219 runs.
Simon Keyte put Belbroughton’s bowling attack to the sword as he struck 135 runs, helping Worcester to reach a mammoth 370-9.
Belbroughton were then blown away in reply for 151 in the 36th over leaving.
Skipper Will Pardoe said: “It was just a very bad day at the office.
“A total of 370 was far too much to chase, we couldn’t even play for the draw.”
Belbroughton hope for better luck this Saturday when they make the short trip to Pedmore boosted by the return of all-rounder Andy Perry plus batsman Geoff Day.
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