September 26th, 2016

Teenager Lokenath shines on debut

Updated: 3:57 pm, Sep 22, 2015

TEENAGER Marlon Lokenath made a highly impressive unbeaten half-century on his first team debut as Redditch Entaco completed their 2015 Worcestershire League Division One season with an encouraging performance against visitors Belbroughton.

The Kingfishers, playing for pride following relegation to Division Two, posted 211-8 off 45 overs as opener Greg Chinn made 57, followed by a very impressive 59 not out from Lokenath.

In reply Belbroughton made little attempt to chase down the score as spinners Tom Field and Perry Derrick took control. Field enjoyed a good day in taking 4-58 as Belbroughton finished on 189-8 off 45 overs, with Redditch taking 14 points for the winning draw.

The 2nds finished their Division One 2nd XI season in fourth place following a three-wicket victory at Belbroughton.

The home side were restricted to just 129-9 off 42 overs as Kevin Lokenath completed a great day for the Lokenath brothers by taking 4-41 and Noman Choudry chipped in with 3-33.

Redditch lost early wickets but Nick Fowkes anchored the innings with an excellent 54 not out to see the Kingfishers home to 130-7 with ten balls to spare.

The Sunday 2nds lost a thrilling T20 semi-final against Bromsgrove at St Godwald’s Park.

Under the guidance of skipper Abdul Jabbar, the Kingfishers finished second this season and were slight favourites against a youthful Bromsgrove side.

The Boars were restricted to 126-9 off their 20 overs as Kevin Lokenath took 3-8 off four overs.

In reply Redditch lost three wickets in the shape of Jack Roberson, Marlon Lokenath and Sam Egan with just 16 on the board before Derrick and Waqas Ali repaired the damage with an excellent partnership of 68 to bring Redditch back into the game.

Derrick continued to single-handedly take on Bromsgrove and, with 15 needed off the last over, Derrick hit the first ball for six but Bromsgrove bowler Chris Burford hit back and, with three needed off the final ball, Derrick was run out for a magnificent 73 as Bromsgrove won by one run.

Buoyed by beating the Kingfishers, Bromsgrove went on to beat league champions Beacon in the final.

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