Berkswell missed out on the chance to improve their league position when, in a rain affected match, they were held to a draw by Himley.
Batting first the home side were soon to lose a wicket – Phil Neale (0) being caught behind by Jagbir Dhillon off the last ball of the first over with only 2 runs on the scoreboard. Fourteen runs later Tom Lewis (6) was dismissed in similar fashion, Dan Smith the bowler claiming the two wickets. Warwickshire’s Tom Milnes (5) was the next batsman to lose his wicket when he was caught at square leg, at the second attempt, by Oliver Westbury to leave Berkswell 29 for 3 in the 14th over. James Neale and Tom Cornick halted the loss of wickets and had put together a 39 run partnership when Cornick (20) was also caught behind by Dhillon, this brought skipper Dominic Ostler to the crease.
Over the course of the next 10 overs he and Neale put on 42 runs for the 5th wicket, but Neale (43) then clipped a ball from Nathan Round off his toes only to see the ball go straight to Jamie Harris at mid-wicket who took the catch above his head. The loss of Neale saw Mohammed Akhlaq come to the middle to partner Ostler and Akhlaq (20 not out) played a supporting role at one end as he watched the Berkswell skipper proceed to take the visitor’s bowling apart. Over the final 14 overs of the Berkswell innings the pair added 124 runs with Ostler in imperious form reaching his 50 off 70 balls and, at the close of the home side innings, remaining 117 not out from just 94 balls - his innings containing 10 fours and six sixes.
The Himley openers, Ben Smith and Jamie Harris, never looked in any real trouble against the Berkswell bowling attack and accumulated runs with relative ease pushing their partnership to 107 before the first wicket fell – Harris (37) being bowled by Lewis in the 30th over. An interruption for rain meant a reduction in the number of overs the visitors had available and 10 overs were lost from their innings. Berkswell claimed their second and third wickets in the 36th over when Tom Kohler-Cadmore (32) was run out at 152, and Ben Smith (75) was bowled by Lewis with the score on 153. However, in the hastening gloom Himley skipper Nathan Round, and Sergio Fedee, continued to put the Berkswell bowlers to the sword and added another 29 runs in four overs before Fedee (8) was run out. With the rain now falling steadily the umpires called a halt to the proceedings and Himley finished the game on 184 for 4 with Round ending up 23 not out - the visitors having reached a score that gave the winning draw result in their favour.
On Saturday Berkswell are on their travels again this time to ninth placed Barnt Green.