BAD weather played a part in helping Chaddesley Corbett make ground on Worcestershire County League leaders Stourbridge.

An impressive 104 not out from Waqas Ahmed took Chaddesley to 249-8 which was too many for Worcester who were dismissed for 114.

Stourbridge were held to a winning draw at home by Pershore in a rain reduced match.

Third-placed Redditch Entaco also gained ground on the leaders with a maximum point winning draw against Old Elizabethans after posting a first innings score of 239-9.

Astwood Bank are fourth, Jake Price took 5-30 in the second innings to help seal a 20 point win against Stourport-on-Severn.

In other matches Old Hill are still in with an outside chance after easily overcoming Bewdley in a rain reduced match to gain a twenty point win.

Feckenham, who are now mathematically certain of relegation, gained their second win of the season against second from bottom Evesham - a result that all but seals Evesham's fate.

The heat is building nicely in division one as we ended the win/lose series of matches.

Leaders Colwall were left frustrated after being abandoned at Cookley while second-placed Bromyard continued their good form by beating Pedmore by nine wickets.

Hagley missed the chance to make a significant gain in third place as they went down by thirteen runs in a rain reduced match to the improving Belbroughton, who now find themselves just two points behind in fourth.

Burghill stayed in the hunt for promotion with a six wicket win over Worcester Nomads.

Oldswinford kept their outside chance of promotion alive with a comprehensive victory against basement side Bredon and Droitwich Spa gained their third win of the season by beating Coombs Wood.

Ombersley just managed to creep over the line by one wicket in a rain reduced match against Kidderminster in division two, a win that looks like it has given them an unassailable lead at the top as second placed Lye were beaten at home by third placed Himley.

Barnt Green's match against Brockhampton and Bartestree versus Bromsgrove were both abandoned which allowed Himbleton to move in to fifth spot as they beat Halesowen by one wicket.

Enville moved fifteen points away from the relegation zone as they beat Astwood Bank by twenty six runs.

Four matches were abandoned due to the weather in division three one of which was the game between the top two Old Vigornians and leaders Netherton.

This gave third-placed Old Hill and Kempsey the opportunity to reduce the gap to the top significantly.

However, this proved an opportunity both teams were to miss as firstly Stourbridge, led by Mohammed Jevaad Nazir (96), posted a challenging first innings total in a rain reduced game against Old Hill at Haden Hill, a total that proved nineteen too many for home side to chase which in turn helped Stourbridge climb out of the relegation zone at the expense of Rushwick (who were abandoned at Pershore) and left Old Hill frustrated in joint second, level on points with Barnards Green who comfortably beat Kempsey by seven wickets to leap frog them to second position.

Elsewhere, Redditch Entaco were left frustrated as they slipped to fifth as they were washed out against Old Elizabethans and Martley also lost ground as they were rained off at Avoncroft.

Division four was another division that was largely affected by the rain as four matches out of six were lost.

The matches between Astwood Bank and fifth-placed Bewdley, Coombs Wood and second placed Worcester, Eastnor and third-placed Stourport-on-Severn and bottom of the table Halesowen and Five Ways Old Edwardians were all abandoned without a ball being bowled.

This meant leaders Harborne could extend their lead with a win, and they did just that as Baldev Raj (123) set up victory for the table toppers at Romsley.

Alvechurch & Hopwood could gain ground if they were successful against Bromsgrove, which they did as they moved in to third position thanks to James Beech (72) in the first innings.

It was very different in division five where all six matches reached a conclusion.

Nick Billinge (5-36) helped Chaddesley Corbett to the top as they comfortably beat Feckenham as last week's leaders Lye went down at Hanley Castle thanks largely to a fine undefeated 121 from Tristan Robinson.

Netherton are in third just eight points off the promotion places as they beat Malvern by nine wickets.

Claverley kept their hopes of promotion alive by beating Worcester Nomads who are now just four points away from the relegation zone as both Colwall (thanks to Jack Knight-Adams’ first innings 84 beat West Malvern (who lost ground in third) and Hagley, thanks to a brilliant undefeated century from Russell Andrews, beat Droitwich Spa to move within a point of safety.