17th Feb, 2020

Batting improvements needed as Kingfishers look to bounce back

Liam Moakes 11th May, 2017 Updated: 11th May, 2017

REDDITCH Entaco will be looking for more from their batsmen as they bid to halt a two-game losing sequence with victory at Droitwich on Saturday.

The Kingfishers were beaten by 32 runs in a low-scoring Worcestershire League Division One encounter against Cookley at Bromsgrove Road on Saturday.

Captain Russell Southwick won the toss and put the visitors into bat and his decision was justified as Noman Mohammed and Waqas Ali enjoyed early success.

Having been reduced to 73-6, Cookley recovered as skipper Paul Thomas (27) and Adam Nicholls (50) saw them through to 171 all out off 50 overs.

Noman Mohammed (4-36), Waqas Ali (2-43) and Ghulam Moyhuddin (2-47) did the damage.

In reply, the Kingfishers got off to a bright start as they made 34 for the opening wicket until Olly Mason was trapped LBW.

Cookley then pounced on their opportunity and claimed three big wickets in Rizwan Mohammed, Southwick and Brandon Weal.

Moyhuddin (25) and Haris Ali (36) batted well but wickets continued to fall and Redditch were eventually bowled out for just 139 as Danny Soley (4-24) and Gary Mills (3-29) impressed for the visitors, who moved top of the league.

Redditch 2nds continued their great start to the Division One 2nd XI season with a six-wicket victory at Evesham to sit top of the table.

Raheem Basharat took 6-75 for the visitors as Evesham were bowled out for just 139, with Patrick Atkins top scoring for the home side with 57.

In reply Redditch lost Naseek Hussain cheaply but wasted no time in reaching their target in just 22 overs as Adam Gailey led the way with 44 not out.

On Saturday Harborne are the visitors to Bromsgrove Road.

There were defeats for the 3rds and 4ths against Oldswinford & Stourbridge Social.

Away from home in Division Five, the 3rds posted 204-6 off 45 overs as Haleem Basharat (75no) starred.

However, Oldswinford cruised to a six-wicket victory with ten overs to spare as Mohammed Husnain (86) and Mohammed Ali (43) inflicting the damage.

Sam Bonsall enjoyed a good day with the ball, taking 2-11.

The 4ths went down by nine wickets at home in Division Five 2nd XI after being bowled out for 112, of which skipper Nick Little made 51.

Visiting skipper Mark Spooner (65no) saw the visitors home in 20.1 overs.

Stourbridge provide the opposition for Redditch 3rds and 4ths at home and away respectively on Saturday.

Redditch got their Sunday League season off to a winning start with a crushing 184-run victory over Solihull Blossomfield.

Redditch scored 290-4 off 40 overs as captain Abdul Jabbar (64), Naseek Hussain (59), Weal (59no) and Nick Fowkes (52) all enjoyed time at the crease.

Visitors Blossomfield started well but soon ran out of steam as they were bowled out for just 106 in 23 overs.

Aleem Shahid took 3-12 and teenager Numaan Suleman’s only over was a double wicket maiden.

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