REDDITCH Entaco will either clinch or all but seal the Worcestershire League Division Two title with victory over doomed Alvechurch & Hopwood on Saturday.
The Kingfishers have a 47-point lead over second and third placed Chaddesley Corbett and Feckenham with just three matches remaining and know a 14th win of the league campaign against their lowly visitors will enable the celebrations to begin.
With Feckenham suffering an abandonment and Chaddesley only securing a losing draw on Saturday, Greg Chinn’s side took full advantage to stretch their lead as they secured 24 points with a 77-run triumph at Worcester Dominies and Guild.
The Kingfishers found their form with the bat as centuries from Rizwan Choudry (118) and a superb 121 from Russell Southwick put them in control before a late cameo 29 from Tom Phelan saw them declare on 320-9 off 48 overs. Sajid Ali took 4-104 off 16 overs.
Dominies responded well through Stephen Miles (88), Chris Miles (49) and 60 not out from John Hancock but fine bowling and excellent fielding spearheaded by Chinn (3-17), Choudry (2-42) and Waqas Ali (2-53) saw the Kingfishers home as the hosts were dismissed for 243 in the 47th over.
Seamer Tom Kitching is set to make his first team debut for Redditch this weekend.
The 2nds secured a losing draw in their Division One 2nd XI home fixture against Stourport.
The visitors made 309-2 declared off just 43.4 overs as openers Spencer Colley (97), Sam Foley (99) and 79 not out from Christian Parry did the damage.
In reply Redditch were reduced to 24-2 but a breezy third-wicket partnership of 138 between Nick Fowkes (50) and Asif Mukhtar (83) restored Redditch pride.
Stourport bounced back as seamer Gav Bryan took 5-29 but the Kingfishers held on to close on 216-9.
The third placed 2nds visit Worcester on Saturday.
On Sunday Redditch Entaco’s over 45s take on Pershore in the Over 45s final at Bromsgrove CC.
The match starts at 2pm and is 35 overs per innings. Both sides had tough semi-final wins as Pershore beat Bewdley and Redditch defeated Rushwick.
Redditch will be looking to win the trophy for the second successive year, having beaten Belbroughton in last year’s final, and both sides are expected to bring strong support.
FECKENHAM moved level on points with Chaddesley Corbett as the promotion battle hotted up despite the frustration of seeing their match at Bromyard abandoned.
The hosts were 182-6 off 44.2 overs when the rain came, with the Millers’ Tom Coulson having taken 5-53 off 14 overs.