REDDITCH ENTACO got their Worcestershire League Division One campaign off to a fine start with a three-wicket victory at home to Eastnor on Saturday.
The teams were two divisions apart last season but it was the promoted Kingfishers who prevailed thanks to an impressive bowling performance.
Having won the toss, Eastnor elected to bat were soon in trouble as pace bowlers Noman Choudry and Waqas Ali made early inroads.
Eastnor were revived a little by a sixth-wicket stand of 79 but another batting collapse saw them bowled out for just 188 as Noman Choudry claimed 4-35, Waqas Ali 3-38 and spinner Haris Ali 3-50.
Redditch cruised to 76-0 in reply as Rizwan Choudry (39) and Oliver Mason (34) found some form, before Russell Southwick chipped in with 29 and overseas wicketkeeper Brandon Weal made 51.
With victory in sight, the hosts lost four quick wickets, but Tom Phelan’s boundary saw them home on 192-7 with 14 overs to spare.
Captain Southwick takes his side to Hagley on Saturday for what is expected to be a tougher test of their credentials.
REDDITCH 2nds also made a winning start to their Division One 2nd XI campaign with a five-wicket success at Eastnor.
The Kingfishers dismissed the hosts for 245 as teenagers Raheem Basharat (5-75) and Marlon Lokenath (3-53) did the damage.
In reply, Redditch lost Nick Fowkes without scoring but Naseek Hussain (61) and Luke Davis (43) repaired the damage.
Asif Mukhtar (20) and Geoff Eley (12) contributed but Lokenath (56no) and Abdul Jabbar (30no) saw Redditch home to a well deserved victory.
Hagley are the visitors to Bromsgrove Road on Saturday.
The 3rds and 4ths start their seasons against Old Hill at home and away respectively on Saturday.
REDDITCH ENTACO launch their junior training sessions tonight (Friday, 6.15-8pm) when all prospective new players and existing juniors are welcome to come along and register.
The club is also hosting All Stars Cricket coaching sessions, starting on Sunday, May 21. The sessions will run for eight weeks between 10.30-11.30am.
For more details email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the All Stars Cricket website and search Redditch CC.
FECKENHAM suffered a seven-wicket defeat at home to Cookley in Worcestershire League Division One.
Andrew Kings scored 65 and Josh Stacey 30 as the Millers made 158 all out, but Cookley eased to 159-3 inside 39 overs despite 2-34 from Matt Henning.
ALVECHURCH & HOPWOOD claimed a winning draw against visitors Astwood Bank 3rds in Worcestershire League Division Three.
Matt Hayward and Edd Rodgers made 95 and 87 respectively to guide the hosts to 332-8 off their 50 overs.
Dan Wolstencroft then took 5-62 to restrict the visitors to 229-8 in reply.
STUDLEY’S Warwickshire League Premier Division campaign began with a 150-run defeat at Olton & West Warwickshire.
Marc Webb’s unbeaten 103 set the hosts on the way to a commanding 312-5 off their 50 overs, with Stuart Harris’ 2-28 off ten overs the pick of the Studley bowling.
However, Studley were dismissed for 162 inside 47 overs as no batsman reached 30.