REDDITCH Entaco enter the win/lose format of Worcestershire League Division One cricket in fine spirits following Saturday’s victories against Pedmore at first and second team level.
Russell Southwick’s first team were six-wicket victors in the Black Country thanks to a fine bowling performance.
The hosts were dismissed for just 106 as pace bowler Waqas Ali did the damage with 6-34. He received excellent support from Noman Mohammed (2-19) and Ghulam Moyhuddin (1-29).
In reply, openers Greg Chinn (43) and Rizwan Mohammed (29) put on 70 for the opening wicket before a patient unbeaten 22 from Moyhuddin saw the Kingfishers home in just 21.1 overs.
Redditch – with three victories to their name – will look to build on this performance on Saturday when they visit leaders Worcester, who have won all six matches.
Redditch 2nds sit second in Division One 2nd XI following a 143-run home win against Pedmore in which teenager Tanay Kulkarni led the way with 49 and 4-28.
A strong batting line-up helped the Kingfishers to 249-9 off 50 overs as vital contributions came from Marlon Lokenath (39), Luke Davis (39) and Nick Fowkes (31).
Pedmore batted poorly as only opener Ian Smith offered any resistance with 36 as Kulkarni and Tom Phelan (also 4-28) starred.
Worcester are the visitors to Bromsgrove Road on Saturday.
Redditch 3rds produced their best batting performance of the season as they secured a Division Five winning draw at Romsley & Hunnington.
The visitors made 242-7 including 98 from Stefan Jagielski and 51 from Craig Wilkes. Tom Hemming then took 4-31 to restrict the hosts to 186-9 and earn Redditch 16 points.
The 4ths earned their first Division Five 2nd XI win of the season as they defeated visitors Romsley & Hunnington by 83 runs.
Faizan Ahmed was the match-winner with 102 and 6-29 as Redditch, bowled out for 157, bounced back to dismiss the visitors for 74.
On Saturday the 3rds entertain Barnt Green and the 4ths face the same opposition away.
The 1st XI were scheduled to be in action on Monday at Halesowen in the Canterbury Cup but heavy rain ruined any chance of play and the match was rescheduled for yesterday (Thursday).
The 2nds enjoyed cup success on Tuesday, beating Belbroughton by five wickets at Hackmans Gate.
The hosts made an impressive 170-7 off their 15 overs as Rick Wrigley hit 83. In reply, Redditch took on the bowling as Adam Gailey (69) and a glorious 59 not out from Kulkarni saw the Kingfishers home by five wickets with eight balls to spare.
Redditch will play either Worcester or Bewdley in the semi-final.
FECKENHAM bagged their third victory of the Worcestershire League Division One campaign as they defeated visitors Stourport by 37 runs.
Captain Jamie Reddish (51) and opener Muhammad Idrees (46) impressed as the Millers made 253 before dismissing Stourport for 216.
Tom Coulson took 4-73 and Matt Henning 4-53 for Feckenham, who visit high-flying Bewdley on Saturday.
IN-FORM ASTWOOD BANK sit just 11 points off top spot in Birmingham League Division Three following a six-wicket victory at Milford Hall.
Steve Adshead’s fifth placed side will now target a fourth successive victory when they host fourth placed Lichfield on Saturday.
Staffordshire outfit Milford Hall won the toss and chose to bat but only Luke Ponder reached double figures with 61 as the hosts made a paltry 105.
Michael Desmond, Tom Harris, Sam Thomas and Dan Taylor all took two wickets for a Bank attack which proved too hot to handle.
The visitors wobbled somewhat in reply as they slipped to 36-3, but Adshead (30) and Tom Underhill (35no) calmed the nerves and steered Bank to 107-4 inside 23 overs.