REDDITCH Entaco face a crucial match at home to second placed Worcester Nomads on Saturday as they continue to battle against relegation from Worcestershire League Division One.
Saturday’s 109-run loss at champions in waiting Pershore saw the Kingfishers drop to tenth in the table and they sit just a place and seven points above Bromyard, who are in the drop zone.
Pershore will surely be playing Birmingham League cricket next season after securing their 14th win of the campaign to sit 52 points clear at the top with just five matches left.
They dominated the encounter against Redditch throughout, scoring 281-6 off their 50 overs, although Tom Field enjoyed success with the ball as he took 4-56.
In reply the Kingfishers – missing both Rizwan Choudry and Russell Southwick – struggled with their batting and could only muster 172-9 off their 50 overs as Perry Derrick top scored with 48 and there was a breezy 41 from opener Joe Scarcella.
There was better news elsewhere for the club as the 2nds, 3rds and 4ths secured morale-boosting wins.
The 2nds bowled visitors Evesham out for just 159 in Division One 2nd XI as James Bevan took 3-10.
In reply Redditch made hard work of chasing the total and scraped home with just one over to spare. Bevan and Aaron Tozer added 28 runs to see the Kingfishers home by four wickets and on Saturday the 2nds visit Worcester Nomads.
Excellent performances from the 3rds and 4ths saw them beat Enville home and away.
There were runs galore at Entaco as the 3rds scored 277-5 in their Division Five game, with Abdul Jabbar leading the way with 94 not out, whilst there was an excellent 59 from Will Hadley.
Enville had no answer as once again Ben Hicklin stole the show by taking 7-24 off just 12 overs as the visitors were bowled out for 169.
The 3rds play their penultimate league game at Hallow on Saturday.
The 4ths enjoyed success at Enville in Division Five 2nd XI as spin twins Oliver Mason (4-41) and Habib Ahmed (4-16) did the damage in bowling the home side out for just 104.
In reply opener Dean Ottley continued his good form by carrying his bat for 54 not out as the Kingfishers cruised home with five wickets to spare.
The 4ths complete their home campaign against Hallow on Saturday.
The Sunday 2nds continued their excellent season by beating out of sorts visitors Ombersley, who were bowled out for just 89.
On Sunday Abdul Jabbar’s troops take on West Bromwich Dartmouth.