September 22nd, 2016

Redditch look to maintain momentum

Redditch look to maintain momentum Redditch look to maintain momentum

REDDITCH Entaco head into Saturday’s match at home to Enville sitting pretty at the top of Worcestershire League Division Two with a maximum 48 points from two matches.

Having defeated visitors Evesham on the opening day, the Kingfishers collected another 24 points on Saturday when scheduled hosts Lye suffered problems with their ground and had to forfeit the fixture.

The 2nds had a frustrating day as their Division One home fixture was washed out after 44 overs with Hagley on 176-6.

Having been in trouble at 34-3, the visitors recovered through excellent knocks from Ian Moss (48) and skipper James Trinham (42). Wicket-keeper Aaron Tower took three smart catches behind the stumps and on Saturday Geoff Eley’s team face a stern test at Colwall.

The 3rds and 4ths suffered narrow defeats against Old Elizabethans as both games survived the freak weather conditions.

In the 3rd XI fixture, Naseek Hussain (95) became the second Kingfishers player to score over 90 this season but it was not enough as OEs took the points with a four-wicket victory in Division Five.

Skipper Ben Hicklin with 30 and Tom Hemming (22) pushed the score up to 241 but in reply a second-wicket partnership of 114 between Paul Shearman (78) and Mark Groves (73) and a cameo 41 not out from skipper Nick Pullan saw the visitors home with four overs to spare.

Hemming was the pick of the bowlers with 3-70 off 13 overs.

The 4ths went down by 35 runs chasing a modest 165 as the Kingfishers collapsed to 130 all out, losing in the penultimate over of the Division Five 2nd XI game.

Chris Reed led the way with 38, supported by Jacob Ottley (26), but three quick wickets from Dan Walker (4-26) did the damage.

Teenager Mo Zahid had a good day with the ball as he took 2-25 off seven overs for the visitors.

Tomorrow Old Hill are the opponents for both Redditch Entaco sides.

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