By Liam Moakes 10/05 Updated: 11/05 13:13
REDDITCH suffered final over heartache on Saturday as visitors Oldswinford earned a tense two-wicket victory in Worcestershire League Division One.
Despite the setback though, the Kingfishers will travel to Droitwich tomorrow with an unchanged side and with plenty of heart after coming close to sealing their second win of the season last time out.
Put into bat, Redditch found runs hard to come by in conditions that favoured the bowling side, although young opening batsman Tom Field continued his excellent start to the season with 44 and wicketkeeper Chris Weaver (45) also impressed as Redditch posted 179-7 off their 50 overs.
Redditch pace bowlers Greg Chinn and Aidan Andrews, who did the damage against Pedmore, soon had Oldswinford in trouble as Andrews took 3-35 off just 17 overs and Chinn - who suffered a recurring injury - managed just eight overs but took 2-30.
However, Danny Attwood (90no) took on the Redditch bowlers and found fine support in Sakib Ali (14) to add 65 valuable runs for the sixth wicket.
Redditch hit back as Yassar Altaf took two quick wickets but Attwood remained calm to see Oldswinford through to an unlikely victory on 180-8 with just four balls to spare and Redditch had to settle for five points.
Once again Redditch 2nds were beaten by the weather and for the third week running not a ball was bowled. Tomorrow Wormelow are the visitors to Bromsgrove Road.
A similar fate happened with the 3rds as their opening league fixture against Coombs Wood was abandoned without a ball being bowled. Tomorrow Stone are the visitors.
ASTWOOD BANK bagged their first victory of the Worcestershire League Division One season in devastating fashion as captain Steve Adshead struck a blistering unbeaten 240 to inspire his side to a 203-run home win over Worcester Nomads.
Adshead's innings came off just 169 balls and featured 30 fours and ten sixes, whilst Tom Pedley made an unbeaten 57 as the hosts totalled a huge 358-2 off their 50 overs.
In reply Jon Summers was the chief wicket-taker with 4-39 and Dan Thomas took 3-15 as Nomads were dismissed for 155 in the 41st over and Bank, who visit Bromyard tomorrow, claimed 24 points.
In Division Two ALVECHURCH & HOPWOOD enjoyed a 15-run success at Rushwick as they made 156 before dismissing the hosts for 141 to earn 24 points.
The visitors were grateful to 84 from captain James Spavin before Andy Fisher (4-51) and Danny Wolstencroft (4-15) did the damage with the ball.
There was also a first win of the campaign for FECKENHAM who eased to a seven-wicket victory at Netherton.
Sam Stacey claimed 3-23 and Muhammad Idrees 2-3 as the hosts made just 110 and the visitors clinched 20 points by cruising to 113-3 in reply as opener Jamie Griffiths top scored with 37.
Tomorrow Alvechurch host Burghill & Tillington and Feckenham entertain Rushwick.
STUDLEY'S Birmingham League Division Three season has yet to kick into life having suffered a 114-run loss at Oswestry on Saturday.
The hosts impressed with the bat in making 276-6 as only Stuart Harris (4-65) enjoyed any success with the ball.
Oswestry's opening bowlers then ripped through the Studley top order but Mark Swanick (78) and Sunny Ahmed (46) provided some excellent resistance which gave the visitors hope of salvaging a losing draw.
Once they were dismissed though the tail crumbled and Studley, whose opening match against Wednesbury was abandoned, were skittled for 162 in the 48th over.
Tomorrow Studley will aim to bounce back when they host Tamworth.
REDDITCH United has unveiled its new management team
THE REDDITCH United Girls Football Club Women's team
THE TALENTED Redditch United U21s clinched some deserved
REDDITCH United chairman Chris Swan said a positive
FOLLOWING the recent departure of Keith Draper as joint manager ...
A NEW-LOOK Worcester Warriors will take on Welsh giants Cardiff ...
PLEASANT conditions and a flat course at Leicester’s Big 10K ...