Like London buses, Whitchurch have been made to wait for a win for months and then two come along at once as the Heath Road men saw off Stratford-upon Avon in the Birmingham & District Premier Cricket League Division Three on Saturday.

Daniel Bowen's men were looking to build on their win the previous week against Redditch and the skipper decided he would set his visitors a target to chase by batting first and it was a steady start from Whitchurch, despite losing Alex Huxley for just three.

Sam Ellis and Ijaz Yousaf put on 51 for the second wicket before the former was run out for 18 and he was followed by Yousaf for 21 without adding to the Whitchurch score, leaving them 60-1 to 60-3.

Whitchurch were left to rebuild and they did so with Elliott Bowen and Salim Ahmed, who put on 40 together before the former was dismissed for 25 from 30 balls.

There was another solid partnership between Ahmed and Kristen Al, who also scored 25 but his dismissal, off the bowling of Dexter Purser, triggered a mini-collapse for Whitchurch as they went from 145-5 to 156 all out as Ahmed top scored with 30.

Stratford-upon-Avon struggled to make the breakthroughs until the introduction of Purser, who finished with 4-18 from 5.5 overs while four other bowlers shared one each, with two run outs.

In reply, Whitchurch made a perfect start as Purser was caught behind by Ali off Daniel Bowen's bowling for a duck to leave Stratford 0-1 and it got even better two balls later when visiting skipper Christopher Whelan was caught by Ahmed, also off Daniel Bowen to make it 0-2.

Stratford recovered, making quick runs but also losing wickets at regular intervals as Daniel Bowen enjoyed a fine day with the ball.

Opener Luke Nardone was only one of two players to reach double figures but when he was eventually dismissed for 60, Stratford were 100-9.

Whitchurch survived a brief flurry of runs in the 10th wicket partnership but Ellis finished the innings off and it was a case of all's well that ends well for Whitchurch.

All Whitchurch bowlers used took a wicket as Daniel Bowen's 4-44 from 10 overs was the pick of the figures, while maximum points two weeks running for Whitchurch means the Heath Road side are off the bottom of the table.

Meanwhile the second XI could not make it a double winning weekend for Whitchurch as they were beaten by Wellington's second XI on Saturday.

With a full side, skipper Jack Batkin decided to give his hosts the chance to set a total, which they duly did by racking up 262-5 from their 45 overs, with opener Owais Abdul scoring 117 at the top of the innings.

The was eventually caught by Josh Wharton off the bowling of James Evans.

Warwick Vaughan also scored a 50 for the hosts.

Wharton finished with 2-34 from six as Whitchurch used nine bowlers.

In reply, James Marvell top-scored with 20 not out at number 10 as Whitchurch were bowled out for 78.

The third XI beat Knockin & Kinnerley on Sunday at Heath Road by five wickets as Lewis scored 66 for Whitchurch to chase down 143.

On Saturday, the first XI make the trip to league leaders Stourbridge seeking a third straight win.

See this week's Herald for a full run down of cricket action.