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12th Aug, 2022

Captain Southwick rallies Kingfishers

Liam Moakes 13th Aug, 2020

SKIPPER Russell Southwick will be looking for a positive reaction from his Redditch Entaco players on Saturday when they visit group leaders Pershore at The Bottoms.

The encounter follows last weekend’s Worcestershire League Regional Premier Division Cup Group B five-wicket home defeat against Belbroughton.

Having won the toss and elected to bat, Redditch started in a positive manner with Oliver Mason and Adeel Sajid taking early control of the game.

Sajid was the first to go for 29 caught by Peter Hawk off the bowling of Ben Hawker.

Mason grew in confidence and with skipper Southwick continued to dominate the bowling.

However, Belbroughton bounced back by dismissing Southwick for 35 and Mason departed soon afterwards for an excellent 60.

The Kingfishers then suffered a middle-order collapse as Rizwan Mohammed, Haris Ali, Adam Gailey and Luke Davis all departed with single-figure scores.

Ghulam Moyhuddin (19), Waqas Ali (10no) and a quickfire 15 not out from Mo Zahid saw Redditch through to 213-8 off their 40 overs, with Ryan Cook doing the damage for the visitors with 4-24 off eight overs.

In reply Belbroughton started in a positive fashion as both Geoff Day and Ryan Price took on the Redditch pace bowling attack of Waqas Ali and Zahid.

Price was the first to go bowled by Zahid for 18, but Day stood firm with sensible batting and received good support from Millard (13) and a fine 36 from wicketkeeper Hawk.

Day continued to frustrate Redditch and was eventually run out by Mo Zahid for an excellent 73.

Peter Margetts (24no) and Ross Parker (11) continued the good work and put Belbroughton on course for victory and it was left to skipper Stu Hawk to clinch victory with 16 balls to spare.

Redditch 2nds remain bottom of their group following a seven-wicket defeat at group leaders Barnt Green.

Skipper Dan Protherough won the toss and elected to bat and his openers Tom Phelan and Haleem Basharat rewarded his decision to bat with an opening stand of 85.

Phelan was first to go after hitting 13 fours in an excellent 57 before Basharat departed for 27 and Redditch lost a cluster of wickets in slipping to 136-7.

A fine 35 partnership between Malik (16) and 21 not out from Harry Sharpe saw Redditch finish on a disappointing 171-8 off their 40 overs, with Archie Greaves-Hall taking 3-23 from seven overs in the pick of the Barnt Green bowling.

Redditch needed a good start with the ball against a strong Barnt Green batting attack and Fergus Roll was the first to go caught by keeper Zaheer off Basharat for 18.

Hayden Froggatt soon departed caught Zaheer off the bowling of James Bevan for 3, but Dave Waters and Milan Dogra (41) added 77 for the third wicket to put Barnt Green firmly in charge and it was left to opener Dave Waters (95no) to see them home in just 27.5 overs.

On Saturday Luke Davis returns to the side as captain as Himbleton are the visitors to Bromsgrove Road.

The 4ths travelled to Hackmans Gate – the home of Belbroughton – on Sunday and came away with a victory by eight runs in a thoroughly entertaining game.

Home skipper Justin Gray won the toss and asked the Kingfishers to bat and openers Chris Reed and the evergreen Geoff Eley took full advantage with a fine opening partnership of 104.

Reed was the first to go for a dogged 8 but Nick Little wasted no time with the bat in scoring 14 and added 47 runs to the total alongside Eley.

James Oakley soon departed but Eley continued to dominate with the bat and received excellent support from Jared Lowe (28no) as the pair added 82 to see Redditch through to 234-3 off their 40 overs.

Eley finished unbeaten on a magnificent 129 – the 30th century of his long and distinguished career at the club.

Belbroughton started well and made 37 for the first wicket with skipper Gray the first to go for 25 trapped leg before by Rob Pegg.

Two more quick wickets put Redditch in charge but an excellent 46 from teenager Oliver Meredith kept the home side in the match as they grew in confidence.

Thomas Richardson (34) and Matt Evans (39) put the hosts in sight of victory but Redditch skipper Mason bounced back with two wickets in two balls and, with ten needed off the final over, Mason took a sharp catch off Oakley to see Redditch home.

The 4ths complete their group fixtures with Droitwich the visitors to the Entaco on Saturday.

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