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Redditch earn local pride to delay Astwood's title party
2:56pm Monday 2nd September 2013 in Sport
REDDITCH stepped up their hunt for second place in Worcestershire League Division One by preventing champions-elect Astwood from clinching a four wicket win on Saturday.
An impressive all round display means the Kingfisher’s local rivals will have to wait for at least another week to confirm the top spot and earn their place in the Birmingham League.
But Redditch closed the gap on second-placed Bromyard two 13 points with just two games left - one of those being a trip to the Herefordshire outfit in a crucial top four battle this weekend (1pm start).
Astwood skipper Steve Adshead had won the toss and decided to bat first but his plan backfired as the home side’s bowlers tore through their normally impressive batting order.
Captain Perry Derrick (3-23), Heny Moorcroft (3-18) and Greg Chinn (2-34) were in excellent form as the table-toppers were dismissed for 104 in 32 overs.
Only Adshead (32) and Vince Valente (31) scored any runs for the away side.
Opener Dan Protherough (29) then anchored Redditch’s reply, despite the loss of Tom Field (4), Russell Southwick (0), Sam Egan and Stefan Jagielski (4).
Redditch were 21-4 before Christopher Weaver (30no) and Chinn (24no) guided Redditch to 105-6.
Derrick said: “We didn’t want Astwood to win the title out our place and we want to finish as high as we can so there was plenty of motivation for us.
“It was a very good all-round performance by the team, we bowled and fielded well and that gave us the platform to win the match.
“Astwood will win the title and that’s fair enough, they’ve been the best side all season.”
Victory over Bromyard on Saturday would see them leap ahead of Bromyard and also ensured Astwood Bank win the title.
Luke Davies (ill) and James Bevan will miss Saturday’s match.
Derrick added: “I wanted a top four finish at the start of the season but if we finish second it would be fantastic.”
36redditchvastwoodbank2 Out: Redditch celebrate the dismissal of John Summers. Picture: CRAIG ROSS
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