19th Dec, 2018

Redditch have lots to build on after almost sinking leaders

Liam Moakes 8th Jun, 2017

REDDITCH Entaco will aim to put the despair of their one-wicket defeat at leaders Worcester behind them when they host Stourport on Saturday.

The Kingfishers came within a whisker of ending Worcester’s perfect start to the Worcestershire League Division One campaign, only for skipper Chris Steele to hold his nerve and guides the hosts to a seventh league win of the season.

Having been asked to bat first on a tricky pitch, Redditch were bowled out for 192 in exactly 50 overs, with Rizwan Mohammed (31) and Brandon Weal (26) the pick of the batting.

Redditch needed early wickets and duly obliged as both openers were dismissed without scoring.

Worcester bounced back from 0-2 through Harry Clark (39) and Andy Wilks (35) but the Kingfishers kept chipping away and reduced the leaders to 175-9, but Steele (29no) stood firm and saw his side home with one over to spare.

Ghulam Moyhuddin (3-44), Greg Chinn (2-27) and Noman Mohammed (2-31) all impressed with the ball.

REDDITCH 2nds remain second in Division One 2nd XI – seven points adrift of Feckenham – following a 14-run victory over visitors Worcester.

The hosts amassed 258-6 off 50 overs in which Tom Phelan (81no), Yassar Altaf (56) and Olly Mason (38) were the main contributors.

In reply a fine 51 from Duncan Kasuso put Worcester in a good position but Redditch continually picked up wickets as Kevin Lokenath (4-64), Phelan (3-43) and Mason (2-34) did the damage.

A fine unbeaten 35 from Shaun D’Oliveira raised Worcester’s hopes but they were bowled out for 244 with nine balls remaining.

Asif Mukhtar’s 2nds visit third placed Stourport on Saturday.

There were mixed emotions for Redditch 3rds and 4ths against Barnt Green.

In Division Five the 3rds were beaten at home by three wickets despite 3-29 from Tom Hemming as the visitors reached a target of 177.

However, the 4ths recorded a second successive Division Five 2nd XI victory with a nine-run success at Douglas Road.

Matt Harrey’s superb 102 was the highlight of the visitors’ 188 before leg-spinner Zeb Khan took 5-33, Harrey 2-36 and Ben Hicklin 2-26 to dismiss the hosts for 179.

Droitwich are the opposition for the 3rds and 4ths this weekend.

Redditch interest in the Canterbury Cup was ended last Thursday as holders Halesowen won a thrilling contest with two balls to spare.

Redditch could only muster 139-8 as New Zelander Weal hit a fine 52 before Halesowen struggled against some fine Redditch bowling.

However, an unbroken seventh-wicket partnership of 60 between Ed Rhodes (37) and Dylan Ross-Watt (21) saw Halesowen home in dramatic style.

Tanay Kulkarni enhanced his growing reputation as an all-rounder by taking 3-24.

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