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Darren Maddy in fine form as Berkswell put Barnt Green to sword

Having lost the toss and been invited to bat first, Berkswell were already looking good at 85 for two when Darren Maddy came to the crease.

Another top-class performance enabled Berkswell to keep up the challenge at the top of the Birmingham League Premier Division with an emphatic 135 run victory at Barnt Green.

Having lost the toss and been invited to bat first, Berkswell were already looking good at 85 for two when Darren Maddy came to the crease.

The former Warwickshire skipper quickly took a shine to the hosts’ bowling, rapidly putting runs on the board with a series of powerfully struck fours and sixes.

Highly promising Warwickshire academy player Mark Best (44) and Tom Milnes, playing his first competitive game this season following injury, gave good support.

In an innings of 31 Milnes timed the ball well and looked in good form despite his long absence from the game.

The loss of his wicket with the score at 162 was just a temporary setback for Berkswell as skipper Dominic Ostler, in partnership with Maddy, kept the scoreboard rapidly moving.

Having contributed 83 runs Maddy was caught and Ostler (17) fell next ball, also caught, to give James East (6-30) two wickets in two balls as the visitors amassed 248.

Barnt Green started their reply in the worst possible way with Dave Brignull (3-23) claiming a caught and bowled to remove Nathan Newport off the last ball.

That set the tone for the innings and the home side lost their top order in quick succession before the expectation of Sam Hain (six) putting together a match-winning innings evaporated when a straight drive from Ed Pollock was deflected by bowler Chris Cheslin on to the stumps and he was run out.

Pollock and Tom Banton temporarily stemmed the loss of wickets with a partnership of 40 before Pollock (24) was caught behind by Phil Neale off a Maddy delivery.

The wickets then tumbled regularly until Maddy (3-28) fittingly claimed the final scalp of the afternoon, bowling East (one) to wrap up the Barnt Green innings for 113.

 

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