FRUSTRATION was the word for Redditch Entaco following Saturday’s Birmingham League Division Three home defeat to Old Hill.
The Kingfishers had been gathering some impressive momentum but it was stalled as the visitors secured a gritty 39-run victory.
Redditch, who will look to hit back on Saturday when they entertain second-placed Rugby, had appeared firmly on course for victory when the Black Country side were reduced to 86-6 but a fine 65 from skipper Jonathan Wright, 37 from Shafiq Ahmed and 29 from Nigel Davenport took Old Hill to an ultimately impressive 243 off 54.3 overs.
Haris Ali (3-51) and skipper Waqas Ali (3-67) were the pick of the Kingfishers bowling.
In reply, Redditch lost an early wicket as Tom Field was dismissed without scoring, but Olly Mason (48) and Rizwan Mohammed (33) repaired the damage.
However, once both were dismissed, the innings lost its way. Haris Ali chipped in with 26 and Dan Protherough’s stubborn unbeaten 15 off 78 balls almost saved the game, but the hosts crashed to 204 all out in 53 overs as Davenport took 5-30.
Redditch 2nds returned from table-topping Berkswell with a losing draw in Division Two 2nd XI.
The hosts scored 290-6 off 50 overs with Jonathan Coleman scoring 138 and Chris Taroni (51) and Nigel Perry-Ogden (51no) also contributing. Amaan Malik took 3/81.
Redditch lost influential opener Nick Fowkes for a duck but excellent knocks from Naseek Hussain (80) and Anis Suleman (72) steadied the ship.
Captain Adam Gailey added 33 as Redditch finished on 250-6 off 50 overs. The Kingfishers picked up eight points and visit Rugby on Saturday.
The 3rds produced the performance of the weekend with a seven-wicket Worcestershire League Division Five victory over Barnt Green at the Entaco.
Barnt Green amassed an impressive 274-6 off 45 overs with Darren Cullen scoring a fine 128 and Stephen Dodd chipping in with 70. Veteran Paul Lees was the pick of the home bowling with 2-48.
In reply, Redditch 3rds produced their best performance for many a year as skipper Liam Phelan (82), Raheem Basharat (97no) and Matt Mansfield (46no) saw them home with 2.3 overs to spare.
The 4ths also achieved a fine victory as they prevailed by 21 runs at Five Ways OEs in Division Eight North.
Redditch totalled 207 as James Oakley (54) led the way and Adeel Ahmed chipped in with 37 and Abdullah Zaheer 25.
Despite a fine 50 from the hosts’ Ian Garrett, Redditch took the points thanks to 4-47 from Jacob Ottley.