HAGLEY will head to Division Two leaders Monmouth full of confidence after beating Feckenham last weekend.

Third placed Hagley have now won three on the bounce and could conceivably go top if they win at Monmouth and Colwall slip up.

The win over Feckenham was hard fought. After choosing to bowl first, Hagley began with decent opening spells but which brought no wickets until the introduction of John Porter (2-53) broke the opening partnership of Jamie Griffiths (53) and Daniel Bloomer (16).

Chad Hitchcock (3-56) then took the third wicket and Hagley began to snare victims at regular intervals, with Amjad Ali (1-49) and spinner Paul Morgan (2-29) also chipping in.

Hitchcock grabbed two late wickets as Feckenham finished on 199-9 from their 50 overs.

Hagley's reply began steadily if not spectacularly, despite James Trinham (6) falling early. Simon James (28) and Hitchcock (35) looked to have stabilised the innings but a flurry of dismissals saw them struggling 66-4 and left the game in the balance.

Skipper Rus Andrews (31) joined Hitchcock and the pair put on a valuable 50 partnership before both departed to leave Hagley at 125-6.

The introduction of Ali (68 not out) proved the pivotal moment as he took the game away from Feckenham with some stunning strokeplay.

A delighted Andrews said: “It was another pleasing win as we had to battle for this one today and was great to get over the line, Amjad batted superbly.

“The game against Monmouth next week is now looking very important and we look forward to it.”

Hagley will hope for the return of injured bowler Craig Bray who is missed the Feckenham game with a shoulder injury.

Hagley seconds finally picked up a win in the 2011 season with a convincing seven wicket victory over Droitwich.

After a delayed start skipper Steve Plant won the toss and decided to bowl in a game reduced to 38 overs a side.

Hagley looked sharp in the field and backed up superb opening spells from the bowlers. Led by Raj Nandra (5-37), Hagley were off to an excellent start.

Pressure on the Droitwich batsmen lead to several rash shots. Calvin Van Vuuren (53) managed to get Droitwich score up to a reasonable total. Neil Allport (2-1) quickly finished things off as Droitwich were skittled for 146.

Hagley, given extra overs to bat, began slowly but as Ben Wooldridge (46) settled, the score began to tick along and he and partner Rob Hancock (36) put on 97 for the first wicket.

Wooldridge fell just before his half century and despite two further wickets falling, Hagley got home inside 27 overs.