COOKHILL took the spoils in the battle of the Worcestershire League Division Ten high-flyers as they defeated Redditch Entaco 3rds by 31 runs at the Entaco.
Visitors Cookhill were asked to bat first on a tricky wicket and captain Kenny Hirst was first to fall adjudged LBW for a quickfire 14, followed by Neil Shuttleworth (10) who failed to make the most of a second life and Stuart Griffiths (5) caught well at slip by Dan Protherough.
David Stockdale set about putting some runs on the board and worked the ball around well as he started to get the scoreboard ticking over.
Chris Pearsall survived a close stumping call before being bowled by a shooter from his son’s teacher Harry Sharpe for five.
Sharpe then got Stockdale (28) to top edge a leg-side delivery which carried further than expected and was caught well by Kevin Lokenath on the boundary.
Andrew Leigh came to Cookhill’s rescue with 45 and received admirable support from Craig Ellicott (26) as the visitors posted a defendable 185 all out off 42.2 overs. Talented teenager Sahil Mahmood took 3-22, Sharpe 2-29 and Protherough 3-6 to polish off the innings.
Leigh opened the bowling for Cookhill and struck first ball as Stockdale lunged forward to scoop up Sharpe and Leigh quickly claimed his second victim in trapping Sam Bonsall leg before for two.
Amaan Malik (22) and Geoff Eley (16) started to rebuild the Redditch innings but Malik became the first of three caught and bowled dismissals from Omair Ishtiaq (3-39) and the hosts fell short despite 21 from Jack Mayo as Leigh continued his excellent day with 3-28.
Second-placed Cookhill host Malvern 2nds on Saturday and third-placed Redditch 3rds visit Hanley Castle & Upton 2nds.