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Kingfishers look for second place
12:00pm Thursday 29th August 2013 in Sport
REDDITCH kept their hopes of a top two finish alive in the Worcestershire League Division One after a fine win over rivals Pershore on Monday.
The Kingfishers bounced back from Saturday’s losing draw against Worcester Dominies and Guild with an impressive display.
With three matches of the season left, Redditch are fifth in the table but are only 17 points behind second-placed Bromyard.
At home to Dominies on Saturday, Redditch came close to winning the match but fell short in the run chase.
Captain Perry Derrick won the toss and put the visitors into bat and they recorded 231-9, with John Hancock (73) and Chris Jones (75) leading their charge.
Waqas Ali (4-56) and Greg Chinn (3-39) were Redditch’s leading wicket-takers.
South African all-rounder Henry Moorcroft then hit an unbeaten 79 as the hosts made 212-5 in their 50 overs, while Russell Southwick also struck 54 runs.
But they bounced back at Pershore impressively on Monday at The Bottoms.
Put into bowl by the hosts after losing the toss, Redditch then set about dismissing Pershore for 126 runs in 45 overs.
Derrick starred with the ball with a six wicket haul, his best of the season, while Moorcroft took two during an economical spell.
The captain has now reached the 50 wickets mark for the season.
Redditch’s reply made a shaky start when Tom Field was caught by David White off the bowling of Andrew Robertson.
When Southwick and Jack Roberson fell victim to Robertson in quick succession the away team were 18-3.
But Dan Protherough and Moorcroft forged a 33 run fourth-wicket partnership before the former fell for 20 as Robertson struck again.
But Moorcroft and Stefan Jagielski (17no) guided Redditch to victory with an 80 partnership.
The South African hit 75 not out off 63 balls to ensure the weekend ended in style.
Derrick said: “I would have batted first if we had won the toss but it wasn’t an easy surface.
“We bowled very well and then when we lost a few wickets in reply, we didn’t panic.
“Henry Moorcroft steadied the ship with one of the best innings’ I’ve ever seen.”
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