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Delighted Berkswell secure premiership status with win over Knowle & Dorridge

Berkswell's survival in the Premier League was assured after they recorded a seven wicket victory over near neighbours Knowle and Dorridge

Berkswell's survival in the Premier League was assured after they recorded a seven wicket victory over near neighbours Knowle & Dorridge.

K&D went in to bat first. Alex Butler (12) and Alex Phillips (12) were back in the pavilion by the 10th over with only 36 runs on the scoreboard, but then Alec Baker and Sam Reddish put together a 107 run partnership in the next 24 overs to put the visitors back in the driving seat.

The loss of Reddish (53) brought Smith to the crease, but 13 runs later Baker (60) lost his wicket followed quickly by Dominic Harding (3) and David Myers (0) to swing the game back in favour of the home side with the scoreboard now showing 164 for 6 in the 43rd over.

A brisk seventh wicket stand of 38 between Smith and Will Mottram pushed the total over 200 but the loss of Smith (41) run out, and Mottram (6), caught by Dominic Ostler, saw the K&D innings eventually close on 214 for 8 at the end of their 50 overs.

For Berkswell, Phil Neale held three catches behind the stumps, whilst Imran Arif picked up 2 for 24 and Ostler 2 for 45 with the ball.

The Berkswell reply started well with openers James and Phil Neale moving the score to 63 before Phil Neale (30) offered a catch to Butler at mid-wicket.

Arif now joined James Neale in the middle. However, with the score now at 120 for 1 in the 28th over, a sudden cloud burst took the players from the field for a break of 75 minutes.

Upon resumption of play, 18 overs had been lost and Berkswell faced a revised total for the win of 137 by the end of the 32nd over. In going for the runs Arif (30) was run out and Butler picked up a second catch when holding on in the deep to a pull from Tom Lewis (10), but by then victory was already assured and it was left to skipper Ostler (4 not out) to hit the winning runs off the third ball of the 30th over. James Neale carried his bat throughout the innings and finished undefeated with a well constructed 53.

 

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