Kingfishers lose in a one-sided Hagley clash

Redditch Advertiser: Action from Alvechurch 3rd XI's loss to Claverdon in the Cotswold Hills League Division Six. Picture: CRAIG ROSS Action from Alvechurch 3rd XI's loss to Claverdon in the Cotswold Hills League Division Six. Picture: CRAIG ROSS

REDDITCH skipper Perry Derrick was left to rue dropped catches after the Kingfishers lost to Hagley by 145 runs in the Worcestershire County League Division Two on Saturday.

They were put to the sword by Hagley’s Joe Lennon, who hit 131 runs off a 108 balls.

Redditch’s opponents had made 285-8, with Lee Mags (30) and Amjad Ali (31) also adding runs but it was Lennon’s innings which made the difference.

South African Francois Mostert stood out with 3-45, while Russell Southwick (1-36) was unlucky not to take more than just one victim.

In reply, Redditch never mounted a serious attempt to reach the target for victory.

Southwick (32) and Stefan Jagielski (29) forged a 48 run partnership but the rest of the batting order failed to make an impact asthe visitors were dismissed for 140.

Derrick said: “It was a bad day. We dropped a few catches that would have seen the lad who scored the century dismissed earlier.

“Francois played well while Russell bowled for the first time in several years and looked good.”

Redditch entertain Harvington on Saturday (1pm start).

In Division Two, Feckenham lost to Rushwick by three wickets. Daniel Bloomer had top scored with 37 as they were dismissed for 101.

Neil Evans (4-18) and Peter Mink (2-25) were in good form with the ball but Rushwick made 102-7.

They go to Wormelow on Saturday (1pm start).

In Division Three, Alvechurch and Hopwood went down by 68 runs to local rivals Avoncroft.

They are at home to Bredon on Saturday (1pm start).

In the Cotswold Hills League, the thirds suffered an 87 run loss to Claverdon. They go to Stockton this weekend.

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