REDDITCH Entaco were unable to halt their slide as they fell to a disappointing 81-run defeat to Pershore which leaves the previously pace-setting Kingfishers 18 points adrift of leaders Stourbridge at the halfway stage of the Worcestershire League Premier Division campaign.
Hosts Pershore lost early wickets on a difficult pitch but the Ridings brothers got to grips and knuckled down as Chris scored 66 and Liam finished on 72 to help Pershore post a challenging 196-9 off their 50 overs.
Haris Ali took 3-38 and Hasnain Nawaz was very economical with 1-18 off ten overs.
In reply Redditch suffered an early loss with Ollie Mason run out off the second ball and they simply did not recover as only Rizwan Mohammed with 46 showed any sort of form and resistance. Redditch were bowled out for just 115 as George Kirby took 4-38 for the Plums.
Old Hill are the visitors to Bromsgrove Road on Saturday when skipper Russell Southwick will be looking for a much-improved performance.
The 2nds also suffered defeat, going down by 20 runs in a low-scoring Division Three affair at Bromsgrove Road against Old Hill.
The visitors batted first and could only muster 130 as Nigel Davenport top-scored with a fine 51 and Mo Zahid was the pick of the home bowling with 3-12.
In reply Redditch made 27 for the first wicket but Old Hill bounced back and reduced the home side to 71-6.
Redditch rallied thanks to Steve Du Cros who scored 21 but he ran out of partners and the Kingfishers were bowled out for 110 as Davenport completed a fine performance by taking 3-20. The 2nds travel to Kempsey on Saturday.
The 3rds continued their excellent season under Tom Prescott with a fine six-wicket victory against Pershore.
The visitors batted first and posted 159-8 off their 45 overs as Dominic Capaldi led the way with 49. In reply Redditch lost two early wickets but veterans Dan Protherough (30) and Geoff Eley with an excellent 91 saw Redditch home inside 36 overs. Protherough also enjoyed success with the ball, taking 4/26.
On Saturday the 3rds travel to Pershore and will be looking to put pressure on Stone and Cookhill above them.
The 4ths continued their excellent form with a 51-run success against Feckenham.
Redditch made 183 as James Oakley led the way with 72 and skipper Nick Little chipped in with 56. Feckenham started well with an opening stand of 70 but Redditch bounced back and bowled the home side out for 132, with Ian Blaynee leading the way with 2-28.