DESPITE seeing their three-match winning streak ended by a six-run defeat at Colwall, Redditch Entaco reached the halfway point of the Worcestershire League Division One campaign with everything to play for in the fight for promotion.
The Kingfishers remain fifth, 29 points behind new leaders Cookley, after the narrow setback in Herefordshire, where Russell Southwick’s side will return to on Saturday to face Eastnor.
Colwall skipper Ben Wheeler hit a match-winning 104 including 13 fours and two sixes as the home side scored 237 all out off 50 overs.
Waqas Ali (3-30), Noman Mohammed (2-35) and Ghulam Moyhuddin (2-36) were the pick of the bowlers.
In reply, openers Tom Field and Greg Chinn departed in quick succession but a partnership of 104 between Southwick (68) and Brandon Weal (57) put Redditch in control.
The middle order continued the good work through Moyhuddin (21), Rizwan Mohammed (24) and Marlon Lokenath (26), but Colwall bowled a tight line through Jon Gooch (4-47) and Michael Gooch (3-38) and the innings ran out of steam as Redditch finished on 231-9 off 50 overs.
REDDITCH 2nds continued their chase of Division One 2nd XI leaders Feckenham by beating visitors Colwall by six wickets.
Colwall were bowled out for just 114 as Olly Mason took 5-25 and in reply second placed Redditch took just 26.3 overs to record an excellent win as Mason completed a good day with 31, ably supported by Abdul Jabbar who hit a breezy 24 not out.
The 2nds host Eastnor on Saturday.
The 3rds slipped to a two-wicket defeat at Old Hill in Division Five. Redditch were restricted to 177-8 off 45 overs as Dan Protherough led the way with 36.
In reply Old Hill were in all sorts of trouble thanks to an excellent spell of bowling of 4-40 from Warren Bisp, but a match-winning 99 not out from Ali Ahmed saw Old Hill home off just 34 overs.
On Saturday the 3rds and 4ths face Oldswinford & Stourbridge Social away and home respectively.