ASTWOOD BANK’S stuttering start to the Birmingham League Division Three campaign continued on Saturday as they were beaten by 58 runs by visitors Kings Heath.
The Birmingham outfit won the toss and decided to bat but, whilst Steve Adshead’s side made regular inroads into the batting, knocks of 40 from Stuart Shephard and 44 from Ian Carey ensured Kings Heath could post a competitive 182 all out.
The wily Jon Summers was the hosts’ most economical bowler with 1-16 off ten overs, whilst Dan Thomas took 3-43 and Adam Watson 2-33.
However, Bank’s batsmen were unable to find any form in reply as five of the top six failed to make double figures, with only skipper Adshead looking in any good nick as he made 25 off 31 balls including five boundaries.
Tom Harris made a brisk 39 in the middle order but the damage was done and the hosts were dismissed for 124 in 29 overs, leaving them with just five points, and they sit second bottom with ten points from three matches.
On Saturday Adshead’s men travel to Shropshire outfit Quatt, who are also yet to win in the league this season.
REDDITCH Entaco suffered more rain frustration as Saturday downpours curtailed any chance of a Worcestershire League Division One victory against Harvington at Bromsgrove Road.
Having lost two early wickets, the Kingfishers bounced back in style as South African overseas import Francois Mostert (53no) scored a maiden half century for the club.
Mostert received valuable support from Russell Southwick (29) and shared an unbroken partnership of 80 with Tom Phelan (39no) as Redditch reached a promising 157-4 in 38.1 overs, but no further play was possible.
The Kingfishers, who sit ninth after taking six points, will seek their first win of the campaign on Saturday when they visit Pedmore.
The 1st XI did enjoy some midweek success as Bromyard were soundly beaten in the Worcestershire League Knockout Cup.
Batting first, Redditch took control thanks to a magnificent opening partnership of 144 between Tom Field and Jack Roberson. Field in particularly batted superbly to finish on 94 off just 41 balls, whilst Roberson (55no) and Mostert (29no) continued the good work as the Kingfishers finished on 187-1 off their 12 overs.
In reply and thanks to excellent captaincy from skipper Perry Derrick, Bromyard struggled and could only muster 155-6 off their 12 overs as fast bowler Greg Chinn (4-31) did the damage.
Redditch will visit in-form Pershore in the next round.
Redditch Entaco 2nds enjoyed a successful day at Cookley in Division One 2nd XI as they bowled the home side out for just 81 in 28.2 overs. Ashley Freeman took 3-3 and there were two wickets apiece from Geoff Eley, Harvey Chawner and Matt Harrey.
In reply Redditch lost an early wicket as Ghulam Moyhuddin went for four, but James Caine (20), Asif Mukhtar (21) and Bryan Melliard saw the Kingfishers home by eight wickets to earn 20 points.
Pedmore are Saturday’s visitors to Bromsgrove Road.
Redditch 3rds’ Division Seven match at Coombs Wood was washed out and Mark Evans’ side have a home fixture this Saturday against Pershore, whilst the 4ths open their Division Nine campaign with a local derby at Five Ways Old Edwardians under the captaincy of Liam Phelan.
THERE was double delight for Cookhill CC as both the first and second teams won their Cotswold Hills League matches.
The first team eased to a six-wicket victory at Overbury 2nds in Division Four after stand-in skipper Andy Fennell won the toss and put Overbury into bat and the visiting bowlers wasted no time in ripping through the Overbury batting line-up.
The hosts were dismissed for just 41 as Neil Shuttleworth took 4-8 off ten overs, Mo Ali claimed 3-14 and youngster Kieran Kite impressed with 2-4 off 6.2 overs.
After losing a few early wickets and struggling to 15-3, skipper Fennell arrived at the crease and a quickfire 22 not out steadied the ship to guide Cookhill – who visit Great Alne on Saturday – to 42-4 and 20 points.
The 2nd team were four-wicket winners at home to Bidford 2nds in Division Seven as Liam Donohoe took three wickets and Roger Smith made an unbeaten 65 as the visitors were dismissed for 161 before the hosts replied with 162-6 to secure 20 points.
Cookhill 2nds host Warwick 3rds on Saturday.