Another disciplined bowling display followed by a robust batting performance ensured a valuable win for Berkswell.
Winning the toss, home skipper Dominic Ostler asked the visitors to bat and they quickly lost wickets with Warwickshire’s Tom Milnes trapping Carlos Prowse (8) and Peter McKay (0) lbw with the score on 23. Walmley lost their third wicket when Chris Cheslin bowled Bavik Patel (13) for only four runs. Mohammed Sheikh and Chris Whittock put together a 44 run partnership in 13 overs but the partnership was broken when Whittock (20) was adjudged lbw. Dave Brignull soon made it five wickets down when he had Sheikh (21) caught behind by Phil Neale. The visitors were in more trouble six runs later as their sixth wicket went down with Brignull bowling Andrew Hendry (5). At 96 Walmley lost two further wickets, Shozair Ali (7) bowled by Arif, and Adam Breakspear (13) caught at slip by Ostler. The remaining two wickets were taken when Arif had Jonathan Newis (3) given out lbw and Brignull bowled Paul Griffiths (8) to leave the visitors all out for 108.
Berkswell openers James and Phil Neale had accumulated 56 runs by the 16th over when Phil Neale (33) was bowled by Newis. Tom Lewis and James Neale moved the score on to 93 when Lewis (22) was stumped by Hendry to give Newis a second wicket. Tom Milnes (5) lost his wicket to Newis with the score on 99 and at 107 Dominic Ostler (6) also fell victim to Newis (4-39). It was left to Chris Cheslin (5 not out) to hit the winning runs and see Berkswell through to victory.
An elated Dominic Ostler said: “We performed magnificently again today and with results elsewhere going in our favour we are now right back in the mix with the sides just above us.”