“A much better performance all round”, was how skipper Dominic Ostler described his Berkswell side’s attempt to gain maximum points at home against south Staffordshire outfit Wombourne.
Leading from the front, Ostler hit a magnificent 94 off only eighty five balls, his innings including 10 fours and 4 sixes, as the home side notched up an impressive 254 all out.
The Berkswell innings started with an 11 overs first wicket stand of 63 between the Neale brothers before James was the first to depart when caught behind by Mark Fisher for 29. He was soon followed back to the pavilion when Phil (26) was out seven runs later, both wickets falling to Mike Hill. Tom Lewis, looking in fine form once again, and Jack Cornick had added another 30 runs to the total when Cornick (5) was trapped LBW by James Biddulph in the 22nd over.
The loss of the third wicket brought Ostler to the crease and he and Lewis pushed the score on to 148 before Lewis (43) was adjudged LBW off the bowling of Ed Denham.
Mohammed Akhlaq’s stay in the middle lasted only four balls as he also fell victim to Denham giving a simple catch behind without troubling the scorers.
With five wickets now down in the 35th over Ostler and Chris Cheslin slowed down the loss of wickets by taking only 22 runs from the next eight overs before Ostler decided to speed things up taking 16 runs off a Biddulph over with two huge sixes despatched with ease into the Kenilworth Road.
A very pleased Dominic Ostler said: “That was a much better performance from us all round and has restored the confidence level after the disappointments of the last couple of weeks when we let things slip away from us.
“We batted sensibly and bowled well too and stuck at it when things didn’t seem to be going our way.
“To almost clinch a victory at the end in such a dramatic way shows the fighting spirit there is in the side and if we continue like this we’ll make an impact on the league.”
On Saturday Berkswell are at home again when they play Walmley.
The match starts at 12 noon.