18th Sep, 2019

Kingfishers aim to increase pressure on leaders

REDDITCH Entaco will look to keep up the pressure in the Worcestershire League Premier Division title race when they head to struggling Evesham on Saturday (1pm).

The Kingfishers secured back-to-back wins with a convincing eight-wicket win last Saturday against fellow high-fliers Chaddesley Corbett in a rain-affected match at Bromsgrove Road.

The result, led by a key partnership between Tom Field and Rizwan Chaudry, leaves Redditch second in the table, 18 points behind table-toppers Stourbridge and four clear of Astwood Bank.

Evesham lie second from bottom, having won twice from their 13 matches, and Redditch won by six wickets when the sides met in April.

Skipper Russell Southwick won the toss and elected to field against and was once again rewarded as his bowlers gained the upper hand early as wickets tumbled.

Noman Chaudry continued his excellent season, taking 3-33 as Chaddesley were bowled out for 151.Spinner Haris Ali chipped in with 2-26.

In reply, Redditch struggled and were reduced to 24-2 as both Tom Phelan (5) and Southwick (0) were dismissed.

Field and Chaudry led the recovery and both batsmen grew in confidence as a match-winning partnership of 117 took Redditch home with 15 overs to spare, Field finishing on 64 not out and Chaudry on 58.

The Seconds enjoyed a good 22-run success away at Avoncroft in Division Three.

Redditch batted first and struggled in the seamer-friendly conditions but managed to put a score of 160 on the board, thanks to a fine 21 from teenager Amaan Malik and 44 extras.

In reply, Avoncroft started well and looked on course for victory as Dan Elliott reached 50 but Redditch bounced back through James Bevan (3-11), Kevin Lokenath 3-23 and Tanay Kulkarni (2-14) as Avoncroft collapsed to 138 all out.

Redditch, who sit comfortably in mid table, host Old Vigornians at Bromsgrove Road on Saturday.

The Thirds went down by 27 runs in the top-of-the-table clash in Division 10 as Stone came away victors in a highly entertaining game at Studley.

Batting first, Stone put bat on ball consistently to power to 315-5 off 44 overs, Chris Harler hitting 90 and James Batsford scoring 84.

In reply Redditch lost openers Nick Little and Jack Mayo cheaply but a fine partnership between Dan Protherough (76) and Tom Kitching (36) brought Redditch back into the game. However, once they were dismissed the innings ran out of steam and Redditch finished on 238-8.

The two sides meet again on Saturday and Redditch will be hoping to reverse the result and put pressure on the league leaders.

The Fourths enjoyed a fine five-wicket victory away at league leaders Bredon in Division 12 (South/East).

Veteran Neville Mason the match-winner with a blistering 99 not out as Redditch reached their target with nine overs to spare.

Earlier in the day a fine 64 from Luke Plane helped Bredon score 170-5.

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