24th Jul, 2019

Redditch slip from top spot after abandonment

Liam Moakes 20th Jun, 2019 Updated: 20th Jun, 2019

WET weather decimated the Worcestershire League programme on a Saturday when Redditch Entaco surrendered leadership of the Premier Division.

Title rivals Stourbridge beat both the elements and Evesham to leapfrog the Kingfishers and Astwood Bank in the race for the title.

The weather is set fair this weekend though and the second-placed Kingfishers – three points off the lead following the abandonment of their visit to Worcester – will bid to respond at a Pershore side who have had an inconsistent campaign so far.

The mid-table 2nds entertain Old Hill at Bromsgrove Road looking to get back to winning ways and the 3rds will be looking to put pressure on the top two sides in Division Ten when Pershore 3rds visit the Entaco.

The 4ths have a local derby as they travel to Studley High School to take on Feckenham 3rds.

Astwood Bank, whose match at Bewdley was abandoned, face a crucial clash at Stourbridge on Saturday.

In the Warwickshire League, Studley will resume their Division Two season at Kenilworth Wardens 2nds after Saturday’s trip to Earlswood was abandoned without a ball bowled.

There was play on Sunday when Redditch defeated Old Westheathians by 68 runs in Arden Sunday League Division Four.

Redditch were bowled out for 243 in 39.3 overs as Waqas Ali enjoyed time at the wicket with 73, captain Chris Brown weighed in with a quickfire 52 and Steve Du Cros made 25 at the end of the innings.

Old Westheathians lost two early wickets as Du Cros inflicted the damage but big-hitting from Lee Stock (38) and a fine 69 from Anthony Ogley put the outcome in doubt.

Once they departed though, Redditch cleaned up as the home side were bowled out for 175.

On Sunday, Brown takes his youthful side to Walmley  (2pm).

REDDITCH Cricket, Hockey & Rugby Club is holding an open day on Sunday to mark the grand reopening of the bar which has recently been extended.

All club members and non-members are welcome to come along. As well as cricket being played, there is a hockey memorial day for former player Steve Dawes and the rugby section is holding a sevens tournament with eight teams from across the region attending. A covers band will be entertaining in the function room from 8pm until late.

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