14th Dec, 2018

Redditch Entaco close in sorry fashion but Astwood Bank end on a high

Liam Moakes 20th Sep, 2018 Updated: 20th Sep, 2018

REDDITCH Entaco’s disappointing end to the Birmingham League Division Three campaign continued as they finished the season with a crushing 157-run defeat at Old Hill.

The visitors, who have finished ninth following four successive defeats, won the toss and inserted the Black Country side but the decision backfired as Old Hill amassed an impressive 290-2 off their 50 overs.

Zain Shahid scored 156 and was supported by Harry Baddams’ unbeaten 80 as the openers put on 253 for the first wicket.

In reply the Kingfishers’ top order failed to get going and the Old Hill seamers took full advantage as only a bright 38 from Olly Mason and 31 from Ghulam Moyhuddin offered any resistance as Redditch were bowled out for just 133.

Redditch will return to the Worcestershire League set-up for the 2019 season.

There were celebrations at Bromsgrove Road but they were for visitors Berkswell who clinched the Division Two 2nd XI South title with a ten-wicket victory over Redditch 2nds.

Redditch could only muster 171 as skipper Like Davis led the way with 82 and Nick Fowkes chipped in with 25. In reply, Berkswell openers Daniel Clark (111no) and Marco Higgins (58no) wasted no time in reaching the required target.

Redditch Entaco would like to thank D&G Financial Solutions Limited for attending the club sponsors day and being part of proceedings throughout the 2018 season.

THEY may have finished bottom of Birmingham League Division Two, but Astwood Bank have ended the season with pride restored having enjoyed a third successive win on Saturday.

Bank ran out 82-run victors over visitors Coventry & North Warwickshire on the DLS method thanks to a superb but all too rare this season batting performance.

Having been put into bat, the hosts put on 100 for the first wicket between Steve Adshead (41) and Rob West (61).

The rest of the Sambourne Lane side’s top order were determined to cash in on the fine platform and did so in style as Sam Thomas (67), Tom Underhill (90no) and Pete Alexander (42) all impressed at just better than a run a ball.

The hosts closed on an imposing 356-4 off their 50 overs and, despite an excellent initial response, the visitors could not get close to their victory target as they closed on 261-9 off 45 overs.

Coventry & NW had reached 200-2 at one stage thanks largely to 124 from opener Harry Horsley but, once he had become one of four victims for Dan Taylor (4-38), the innings subsided somewhat. Joel Haslam chipped in with 3-57.

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