PEDMORE continue to tick along nicely in Division One after a winning draw over Worcester.

The result leaves Stuart Bate’s side seventh in the standings and still very much in with a chance of a high finish.

Bate himself played a significant role in Saturday’s game as his opening partnership with Danny McDonnell (40) of 101 set ths hosts off to a good start.

When both men departed in quick succession, John Wenham arrived at the crease to add the largest contribution to their eventual total of 262-9.

Wenham struck an unbeaten 71 from just 76 balls and was helped by entertaining cameos from Nitin Malhotra (24 from 20) and James Burgoyne (23 from 17).

Opening bowler Paul Taylor caused instant problems for Worcester’s top order as he removed Nick Brown and Daniel McKay for relatively little. When Dan Keyte was bowled for a golden duck, Worcester were 108-5 and a home win looked likely.

But captain Liam Kelleher helped dig them out of the hole with stubborn 35, while Liam Weston was unbeaten on 30 by the time the game finished with Worcester 200-7.

Pedmore head to Droitwich Spa, who sit a place and two points behind them, this weekend.

The second XI secured an emphatic winning draw against Hagley, thanks in large part to a stunning 130 not out from Ian Hipkiss.