Excitement ahead of big derby encounter

By Liam Moakes 14/06 Updated: 14/06 12:38

Buy photos » Redditch batsman Dan Protherough top scored for the Kingfishers on Saturday with 34. Photo by Marcus Mingins. 2412010MMR2.

WEATHER permitting an exciting local derby is in prospect tomorrow as Redditch make the short trip to face an in-form Astwood Bank side.

Bank's winning draw at Droitwich on Saturday lifted them into second place in Worcestershire League Division One, behind new leaders Pershore who cantered to an eight-wicket success at Redditch.

So, whilst the hosts will have their eyes on clinching a victory which could take them top of the table, the Kingfishers - boosted by the return of influential skipper Luke Davis - will seek to hit back from Saturday's loss and move themselves back into contention in the top half.

The Redditch groundstaff did a magnificent job in getting the pitch playable for the visit of Pershore following overnight rain.

Pershore won the toss and elected to bowl and the decision was justified as Redditch struggled to just 158-7 off their 50 overs.

Dan Protherough (34), Russell Southwick (27) and James Bevan (24) were the main contributors.

To Redditch's frustration conditions improved as the day progressed and, despite two early wickets, the home bowlers toiled in the field as an unbroken third wicket partnership of 104 between Rob Tidey (67no) and Chris Ridings (44no) saw the visitors home to 160-2 in just 37.4 overs.

Redditch 2nds suffered a similar fate at Pershore in Division Two 2nd XI as they fell to a first defeat of the season.

Despite a fine innings of 48 from the in-form Geoff Eley, Redditch could only muster 160-8 off 50 overs as Pershore's David Jessop took 4-36.

In reply Redditch soon had the home side in trouble, as bowlers Tom Phelan, Nev Mason and Kevin Lokenath did the damage, but Pershore bounced back and a match-winning knock of 68 from Aly Duddell saw the home side to 161-5 in the 47th over.

The 3rd XI saw their home fixture against Cutnall Green abandoned without a ball being bowled, but the 4ths were able to enjoy some play and recorded an excellent 232-run victory at Bromyard in Worcestershire League Division Nine.

Skipper Ashley Davis led the way with an excellent 76, well supported by Hamza Khan (61) and Raheem Basharat (50no) as Redditch scored 286-7 in 45 overs.

In reply Bromyard had no answer and were bowled out for just 54 as Khan capped a fine day by taking 5-28 and Mathew Parsons claimed 2-6 to give Redditch the maximum 24 points.

Buy photos» Redditch batsman Tom Field hits out on the leg side against Pershore. Photo by Marcus Mingins. 2412010MMR1.

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