Redditch on a roll after derby success

Redditch Advertiser: Adam Crowle bowls for Redditch against Redditch's Roberson for Redditch. Picture: MARTIN HUMBY Adam Crowle bowls for Redditch against Redditch's Roberson for Redditch. Picture: MARTIN HUMBY

REDDITCH'S resurgence continued as a second straight win got them back on track in the Worcestershire Division One.

The Kingfishers were too strong for derby rivals Droitwich Spa at St Peter's Field and saw them off by 65 runs.

Victory, earning them 24 points, comes hot on the heels of the maximum points success over Bromyard and has lifted them out of the bottom two.

Skipper Perry Derrick had won the toss and elected to bat first and his side recorded a 208-7 in 50 overs.

Russell Southwick top scored with 67 runs, while Stefan Jagielski (47) also made a strong contribution.

Redditch's bowling attack, lead by three spinners, then set about sinking their teeth into Spa's batting order.

Tom Field took 3-20 in seven overs, while Derrick (3-24) and Waqas Ali (1-34) all played well as Droitwich were dismissed for 143 in the 35th over.

Derrick said: "We've been unlucky with the rain but we've started playing well again in the last few weeks.

"A lot can change if a side can string a few wins together and we've managed 48 points from two the last two matches.

"We had targeted between 200 and 220 runs so I was pleased with the performance of the batsmen.

"I knew our spinners would be effective and got a big wicket early on when Paul Bryan was dismissed."

Redditch will be without Tom Phelan for Saturday's clash at Evesham (1pm start) but Gregg Chinn will be available.

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