THE SEASON has begun in promising fashion for Redditch Entaco as both the 1st and 2nd XIs enjoyed victories against Evesham on Saturday.
Overseas player Cody Poole, who celebrated his 21st birthday earlier in the week, had a day to remember as he scored 92 and took a wicket with his first ball in English cricket for the first team in Worcestershire League Division Two.
Batting first at Bromsgrove Road, the Kingfishers lost openers Rizwan Choudry (11) and Jack Roberson (18) early on and, with Russell Southwick going for only four, were in a little trouble, but South African Poole showed his immense talent as he took control in hitting five fours and three sixes in a chanceless 92, ably supported by Tom Phelan (19) and Noman Choudry (17).
The Kingfishers were all out in the final over for 203 as James Crenan took 6-55 for Evesham.
In reply Evesham struggled as pace bowlers Noman Choudry (2-19) and Waqas Ali (3-25) struck early.
Tom Field, who failed to trouble the scorers with the bat, responded by taking 4-20 off just 8.2 overs as Evesham crumbled to just 81 all out in 31.2 overs.
Redditch skipper Greg Chinn takes his side to Lye on Saturday with just one change to the side as Andrew Elleray replaces the absent Waqas Ali.
GEOFF Eley’s 2nd XI claimed a resounding victory at Evesham in Division One 2nd XI.
The home side posted 231 all out off 44.2 overs as former Redditch player Nasir Mehmood hit 92 and Farrukh Shah chipped in with 62.
Sam Egan was the pick of the bowling in taking 5-65 and Tom Kitching provided valuable support with 3-61, whilst spinner Ashley Freeman chipped in with 2-63.
In reply Redditch lost Matt Greenway early on but Nick Fowkes (18) and Asif Mukhtar (65) built a platform and the result was never really in doubt as skipper Eley made 56 not out and Liam Phelan (20) and 19 not out from Abdul Jabbar saw the Kingfishers home with eight overs to spare.
Hagley are the visitors to Bromsgrove Road on Saturday.
The 3rds and 4ths begin their 2016 campaigns with home and away fixtures against Old Elizabethans. Both sides have new captains in Ben Hicklin and Dean Ottley.