A FRUSTRATING winning draw against Colwall was played out at Stowe Lane last weekend, as an Adeel Sajid-inspired Redditch Entaco failed to claim an outright victory.
The visitors were dismissed for 232 runs in the 45th over, with Sajid (117) in scintillating form to lay on a century, with Andrew Robertson (97) and Fergus Cameron (65) clearly taking inspiration when helping Colwall see out the innings.
Scoring 188 runs for five wickets conceded, Redditch were forced to take a share of the spoils, leaving them marooned in ninth place in the Worcestershire League Premier Division ahead of Saturday’s finale at home to 11th-placed Worcester.
Sajid’s most-successful partnership of the afternoon came with Oliver Mason (32) as the pair hit 99 runs before the fall of the third wicket.
Struggling to find useful support thereafter, Entaco’s talisman laboured to drag the away side over the 200-run mark before eventually falling at 211-7, becoming the second man to be dismissed by Robertson (4-63).
Redditch’s bowlers struggled in reply, overseeing an opening partnership of 167 between Colwall’s big-hitters before beginning to have more of a say on the encounter – Sahil Mahmood (2-24) and Noman Mohammad Chaudhry (2-45) both registering impressive numbers from the combined total of 27 overs bowled.
A BOWLING masterclass was showcased by Astwood Bank duo Daniel Brookes and Dan Thomas secured a five-wicket win over Stourport-on-Severn and a top-five finish in the process.
After the visitors were dismissed for 112 runs in the 31st over, much in part to the aforementioned duo, unbeaten Bank batsmen Andy Williams (35, no) and Connor Adams (25, no) then secured a win inside 29 overs.
Brookes (4-26) and Thomas (4-37) remained a thorn in Stourport’s side all afternoon, with Dan Taylor (2-18) taking the remaining wickets for the Sambourne Lane hosts.
The Bank finish the season at Brockhampton, sixth, on Saturday.