Redditch’s woes continue after big defeat

Redditch Advertiser: Redditch bowler Waqas Ali in action against Pershore as the Kingfishers suffered a heavy defeat in Worcestershire League Division One. Redditch bowler Waqas Ali in action against Pershore as the Kingfishers suffered a heavy defeat in Worcestershire League Division One.

REDDITCH’S struggles in Worcestershire Division One continued as they suffered a 144-run defeat at the hands of Pershore on Saturday.

The Kingfishers find themselves at the bottom of the table as the wait for their first win of the season goes on.

So far, they have lost three games and had three abandoned and certainly the stop-start beginning to the campaign has seen them struggle to settle.

Captain Perry Derrick won the toss and opted to bowl first but Pershore openers Liam Ridings, who struck an unbeaten 104 not out, and Chris Ayliffe guided them to 83 before Sam Egan had the latter caught by Christopher Weaver.

Egan struck again when he had Christopher Ridings caught by Francois Mostert for one run but Ullrich Boshoff and (15) Andrew Robertson (46) steered Redditch’s rivals to 232-3.

Redditch’s reply never got off the ground and only Stefan Jagielski made double figures with 18 as the hosts were dismissed for 88.

Captain Derrick said: “At the moment we’re struggling to get into a proper rhythm because of the weather.

“We’ve got been able to get into a run of games and that isn’t helping.

“The win or lose one day international system has been something we’ve struggled with as well. It’s new this season and we’ve not got used to it.”

Redditch will be aiming to get back at Worcester (1pm start).

In Warwickshire League Division One, Studley lost by 144 runs to title-chasing Marston Green on Saturday.

Studley had won the toss and made a good start with Akeel Hussain (0), Naveed Bashir (0) and Asif Ali (9) all out cheaply. But Zaheer Suliman smashed 127 runs as Studley’s rivals made 260-6 in reply.

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