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Berkswell 141 a/o Wolverhampton 144-4: Toss crucial as Berkswell slump to another defeat

A stunning  one-handed slip catch by skipper Dominic Ostler was the only real Berkswell highlight in a game that saw the Meeting House Lane side suffer another defeat, this time at the hands of Wolverhampton

A stunning  one-handed slip catch by skipper Dominic Ostler was the only real Berkswell highlight in a game that saw the Meeting House Lane side suffer another defeat, this time at the hands of Wolverhampton.

Having lost the toss, the home side were inserted on a wicket that would be challenging for the side batting first.

And so it proved as Berkswell were reduced to 38 for 5 by the 16th over with Imran Arif (16) the only top order batsman to make double figures. A sixth wicket partnership of 37 in 14 overs between Ostler and Phil Neale halted the loss of wickets but, having made 19, the Berkswell skipper gave a catch to Parr behind the stumps. Neale and Chris Cheslin then also compiled a 37 run partnership but the former was bowled for 29 in the 38th over. Off the first ball of the 39th over, Cheslin (21) was also caught behind to leave Berkswell eight wickets down for only 112 runs. The last two wickets managed to add another 29 runs but the innings finally came to end in the 47th over when Dave Brignull (10) was caught.

In reply, Wolverhampton made a brisk start putting 33 runs on by the sixth over but the loss of Ramanjot Jaswal (13) bowled by Brignull, and then Tom Fell (13) caught behind by Phil Neale off Tom Milnes, meant the visitors had lost both openers by the seventh over. Will Nield and James Hammond had moved the score on to 61 by the 19th over when Nield (11) was brilliantly caught one-handed by Ostler at slip off Arif, and new batsman Simon Lycett (0) was then comprehensively bowled first ball to give the pace bowler two wickets in two balls.

However, the Berkswell bowlers were unable to capitalise any further on their quick success with the ball and Hammond (52 not out) and Adam Quiney (40 not out) saw the visitors home to victory in the 36th over.

A disheartened Ostler said: “Once again the toss proved crucial, we lost it and that set the tone of the game.

“Batting first up was exceptionally difficult and to reach the score we did was a remarkable achievement.”

 

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