IT IS now three matches without success in the Worcestershire League Premier Division for Redditch Entaco, in the wake of a gutwrenching 30-run defeat against Brockhampton last weekend.
The Bromsgrove Road hosts had Daniel Protherough (60) and Haris Ali Mohammed (46) in form in their middle order, but found little in the way of support to get closer to threatening Brockhampton’s 235 target score after being dismissed in the 48th over.
Fielding first, Redditch looked comfortable until the emergence of Brockhampton skipper Nicholas Powell (55) and Will Tanner (79), who subjected the hosts to 12 boundary hosts and five maximum scores in all.
Ali Mohammed (3-54) proved his worth by dismissing both danger men, while Haleem Basharatt (3-40) played his role towards the end of the Brockhampton innings to help skittle out the visitors in the 47th over.
But with a lack of inspiration at the crease proving costly, Redditch fell to their seventh loss this term.
Sitting in eighth, a trip to fifth-placed Pershore is up next on Saturday.
TOM Underhill’s century helped down Bromyard by 98 runs, as Astwood Bank remain sixth.
Smashing 258 runs before being dismissed in the final ball of the innings, the Bank then bowled admirably to limit their opponents and then see them out for 160 runs in the 46th over.
Number four Underhill (102) began his assault on the boundary after stepping in at 67-2, hitting 13 fours and two sixes in total during his 105 balls faced at the crease.
Remaining a thorn in Bromyard’s side until being the final Astwood Bank batsman to be dismissed, it was the turn of Dan Taylor to steal the show with the ball in the hand, taking four wickets for 35 runs conceded to spell misery for the visitors at Sambourne Lane.
Next, a trip to Old Elizabethans, third, is in the offing.