SKIPPER Steve Adshead led from the front as Astwood Bank finally found form with a 42 run success over Wombourne in Birmingham League Division Two.

Talismanic Adshead thumped a fabulous 110 with the bat, his innings containing 16 fours and a six.

Big hitting Tom Underhill provided support with a boundary-laden 41 as the Bank built a total of 219 all out.

It signalled a pleasing turnaround after the Bank had lost opening bat Tom Pedley to the third ball of the day.

But even more pleasing from the Bank perspective was the fact they bowled out a powerful Wombourne side in reply.

Former Walsall batsman Mike Hingley made top score of 57 while Will Cook found himself stranded on 48 not out.

With Wombourne's ranks also including former West Bromwich Dartmouth trio of Dan Bassett, Rawlston Tappin and Ruki De Silva, the victory was all the more sweet.

Adshead was quick to praise his teenaged seam bowling attack of Dan Brookes and Jake Price.

Brookes, who is 18 and playing only his second Birmingham League game claimed two for 47 while 17-year-old Price picked up two for 40 from his 11 over spell.

But it was the left arm spin of Dan Taylor who reaped the best reward of four for 14 which really put the skids under Wombourne.

Adshead said: "All our bowlers performed particularly well. I think the fact we had a decent total to defend gave them more confidence. But the future looks good.

"We really needed the win. It's fair to say both our Birmingham League and National Village Cup competition hasn't gone as we would have liked.

"I've also said previously that I needed to make more of a contribution myself, but as a result, you could sense the confidence coming back into the side."

Despite this success, the Bank still remain rooted to the bottom of the table, but are now level pegging with Streetly.

The Bank bid to improve that position this Saturday when they entertain Pershore with Adshead eager to keep the same side.