A FIVE-FOR by Pershore’s Paddy Thompson prevented Redditch Entaco from ever really getting going in last weekend’s Worcestershire County Premier Division meeting.
Saturday’s eight-wicket home defeat was Redditch’s second outright loss this term.
The Plums dismissed the hosts for 110 inside 34 overs after winning the toss, and their batsmen then required just 139 deliveries to sweep their way to a convincing victory at Bromsgrove Road.
Entaco’s afternoon could have been even more forgettable, had opener Adeel Sajid (45) not dragged his side to the 100-run mark before his dismissal left them 106-7.
Thompson’s haul of 5-26 off ten overs left Redditch shell-shocked and with a mountain to climb to salvage a positive result from the game.
But while Noman Mohammad Chaudhry and Haris Ali Mohammed were both able to take a wicket each, it was always going to be a tough ask to limit Pershore’s run chase and skipper Christopher Ridings (32) and the unbeaten Thompson (46 not out) helped the Plums to victory in the 24th over.
Redditch attempt to lift their spirits at unbeaten Bromyard on Saturday, before visiting Bromsgrove Seconds on Monday for a friendly.
ASTWOOD Bank slipped to a second successive defeat at home to Old Elizabethans, going down in a disappointing seven-wicket loss.
A half-century by opener Tom Pedley (51) was a rare highlight of the afternoon for the hosts, who were skittled for just 94 in 27 overs, much in part to Sam Harn’s six-wicket haul.
Dan Thomas (3-43) was able to claim an early wicket during Old Elizabethans’ reply, though the visitors, led by the unbeaten Jamie Boyle (54), eased to victory inside 22 overs.
Bank visit Stourbridge, who currently top the pile, on Saturday.