THE BEST all-round performance of the season paved the way for Redditch Entaco to secure an emphatic 103-run victory over visitors Bromyard and give their Worcestershire League Division One survival hopes a big shot in the arm.
The win lifted the Kingfishers a place and a point above their victims into ninth spot and they are now 22 points above the bottom two with eight matches remaining.
The first of those games is Saturday’s visit to Burghill & Tillington, who are 20 points and one place above Redditch, who must again do without key all-rounder Russell Southwick.
Redditch amassed 216-9 from their 50 overs as opener Rizwan Choudry led the eay with an excellent 53. Tom Field continued his good form with 37 and a breezy unbeaten 29 from keeper Luke Shenton gave something for the bowlers to attack.
The visitors were soon in trouble thanks to the Redditch pace attack and were reduced to 49-4 – a position they did not recover from. The bowlers gained in confidence with every wicket and were backed up by some excellent catches in the field as Shenton led the eay with four.
Eventually Bromyard were bowled out in the 34th over, with Waqas Ali taking 3-17 Ghulam Moyhuddin 2-21, Joe Scarcella 2-23, Greg Chinn 1-12 and Perry Derrick 1-18.
IT WAS a tough day for Geoff Eley and the 2nds at Netherton, where the home side won by seven wickets.
Having lost the toss and been inserted, Redditch slipped to 27-7 but managed to recover to 123-9 off 38 overs thanks to a heroic 79 not out from skipper Eley.
Netherton, with the best of the conditions, cruised to victory in 34.2 overs.
Redditch are at home to Enville in Division One 2nd XI on Saturday.
THERE was defeat for Redditch 3rds and 4ths against Tenbury Wells.
The 3rds once again did not score enough runs as they were bowled out for just 119 on the road in Division Five, with Ajmal Wafa leading the way with 44.
In reply Tenbury took just 23.2 overs to secure the points as a century partnership between Andrew Adams (62no) and Tom Pugh (38no) did the damage in a nine-wicket defeat.
AT the Entaco in Division Five 2nd XI the 4ths produced a spirited performance as they batted first and totalled 158 all out in 44.5 overs, with opener Matt Harrey scoring an excellent 84.
In reply Tenbury had too much experience at the top of the order, winning with 11 overs to spare and losing just four wickets. Josh Ganderton took 2-27.
On Saturday the 3rds and 4ths lock horns with local rivals Astwood Bank. The fixtures earlier in the season saw one win apiece and both clubs will be looking to secure victories as they head towards the business end of the season.
The 3rds are at home and the 4ths make the short trip to Hanbury.