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Kingfishers clinch survival in style

Redditch Editorial 18th Sep, 2014 Updated: 18th Oct, 2016

REDDITCH Entaco got the Worcestershire League Division One survival job done themselves in winning fashion on Saturday, whilst the 2nds also ended the campaign in triumphant style.

A man of the match performance from all-rounder Greg Chinn ensured league safety for the first team as the Kingfishers recorded a 24-run victory over visitors Droitwich, who also beat the drop despite defeat.

Batting first, Chinn lead the way with 84 as Redditch Entaco set a challenging 255-9 off their 50 overs. Rizwan Choudry enhanced his growing reputation with another half-century.

In reply, Droitwich struggled early on as Waqas Ali and Chinn took control. Wickets continued to tumble although Droitwich continued to score runs at the required pace.

The introduction of Australia-bound Perry Derrick proved vital as two wickets in two balls rocked the visitors, although Droitwich’s overseas star Kris Corbett continued to flourish and recorded a magnificent century.

Redditch bounced back and Corbett was the last man out, caught in the deep by Ali, to dismiss Droitwich for 231.

In-form veteran Geoff Eley enjoyed an excellent day with the ball, taking 3-23, and was ably supported by Chinn (2-38), Ali (2-32) and Derrick (2-51).

Redditch finished the season in eighth place, 24 points above second bottom Bromyard, whose 161-run defeat at champions Worcester ensured they joined Evesham in dropping into Division Two.

The 2nds finished their Division One 2nd XI season in style by winning by 84 runs at already relegated Droitwich to finish in third place behind champions Worcester Nomads and Colwall.

Batting first, Redditch recovered from 82-6 to finish on 267-9 off their 50 overs, with a seventh wicket partnership of 116 between Matt Greenway (79) and teenager Marlon Lokenath (56) the highlight of the innings.

Droitwich were soon in trouble with the bat and Redditch had 13-year-old Olly Mason with 3-49 and some crazy run outs – five in all – by the Droitwich batsmen to thank as the hosts were bowled out for just 183.

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