REDDITCH Entaco face a selection headache ahead of Saturday’s Worcestershire League Division One encounter against visitors Pedmore as they are without the services of leading wicket-taker Waqas Ali who is on holiday.
Ali has been in sensational form this season with 31 Worcestershire League wickets to his name already, but he failed to take a wicket in Saturday’s game at Worcester Nomads, who secured a three-wicket victory.
Once again Redditch failed to post a challenging score as they totalled 194-9 off their 50 overs. All-rounder Perry Derrick was the pick of the batsmen with 57 not out, whilst the dangerous Greg Chinn weighed in with a typically fluent 40 and Russell Southwick made 27.
Redditch, now seventh, bounced back with the ball in hand and had Nomads struggling on 110-5 thanks to four wickets from the Kingfishers’ man of the match Chinn, but wicketkeeper Tom Mills with an unbeaten 64 saw Nomads home to 196-7 in the 36th over.
The 2nds slipped to a rare home defeat against Worcester Nomads.
Having restricted the visitors to 213 all out, the Kingfishers collapsed to 182 all out, with Asif Mukhtar (41) and Sam Egan (40) leading the way.
Skipper Geoff Eley returns on Saturday as his fifth placed side travel to Pedmore.
A much-changed 3rd XI side took the points with a morale-boosting win against Barnt Green at the Entaco.
Barnt Green collapsed ftom 94-4 to 120 all out as Raghavendra Raj did the damage in taking 4-6 off three overs.
In reply the Kinggishers lost early wickets and looked in trouble at 44-5 but a partnership of 77 between teenager Marlon Lokenath (52no) and skipper Matt Mansfield (24no) saw Redditch home to 20 welcome points.
The 4ths were on the end of a heavy defeat at Barnt Green as the home side scored 293-4 off 45 overs, with Rob Pegg taking 2-38.
In reply Redditch could only muster 90 as Dan Reeves top scored with 26.
On Saturday Enville are the opponents for both the 3rds and 4ths.