22nd Sep, 2019

Aiming to finish with a flourish

Liam Moakes 5th Sep, 2019

REDDITCH Entaco will hope to finish a largely encouraging season on a high with victory over fifth-placed Pershore at Bromsgrove Road on Saturday.

The Kingfishers were title challengers until the final weeks of the campaign but have stuttered towards its end and will have to settle for fourth place.

Redditch lost their final Worcestershire League Premier Division home game of the season on Saturday as Worcester emerged triumphant by six wickets.

Redditch started in positive fashion with a quick 26 from keeper Chris Brown but Worcester chipped away at the top order and took wickets regularly. In-form Haleem Basharat steadied the ship with a fine 32 but Worcester always had the upper hand and Redditch were bowled out for just 133.

In reply the league’s leading wicket-taker Waqas Ali (4-62) made early inroads into the Worcester top order as the visitors were reduced to 23-3 but a fine 111 partnership between Bryn Evans (52) and Mark Jones (62no) saw Worcester home in style.

The 2nds kept their faint chances of promotion alive with a comfortable ten-wicket victory at Pershore who were bowled out for 93. Steve Du Cros (4-24) and James Bevan (3-3) did the damage.

Redditch opener Dan Protherough (61no) saw the Kingfishers home to a comfortable victory. On Saturday Liam Phelan takes his team to Old Hill.

The 3rds were celebrating their 12th victory of the season as they clinched promotion along with champions Stone from Division Ten with a 48-run win at Hallow.

Redditch were bowled out in the 44th over having scored 204 with run machine James Prescott scoring 92.

Hallow could only muster 158-7 off 45 overs as Tayyab Muhammed took 3-15 to round off an excellent season for the talented teenager.

The 4ths produced the result of the week with a victory by one run against Stourport 4ths at Entaco.

Nev Mason rolled back the years with a magnificent 167 not out, ably supported by Ben Hicklin who chipped in with 20 not out as they added 162 for the seventh wicket.

Redditch declared on 255-6 off 34 overs before in reply Stourport made a real game of it with a fine 105 from George Teal, but they fell just short on 254-4 off their 40 overs.

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