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Delighted Ostler sees Berkswell end season on a high

Berkswell wrapped up their second season in the top division of the Birmingham League with a well-earned four wicket win away at Walsall, the side that won the league in 2012

Berkswell wrapped up their second season in the top division of the Birmingham League with a well-earned four wicket win away at Walsall, the side that won the league in 2012.

The Berkswell innings started poorly with James Neale (4) losing his wicket in the second over, but a brisk 17 runs from Chris Taroni put the visitors back on course before he fell to a catch by Plant off Jonathan Moore.

A well constructed partnership of 67 runs for the third wicket between Phil Neale and Tom Lewis moved Berkswell to within 46 runs of victory, but a second catch for Plant accounted for Phil Neale (19) and two runs later Lewis (46) was caught and bowled by Powles.

The loss of both Mohammed Akhlaq (5) and Ostler (28) was disappointing, but the ever dependable duo of Chris Cheslin (6 not out) and Dave Brignull (5 not out) saw the visitors home to victory in the 42nd over.

Captain Dominic Ostler said: “Walsall is not an easy place to get a positive result and, despite their good start, we kept plugging away, bowled well, put the pressure on and the wickets eventually came our way.

“Then we kept our nerve batting and made it over the finishing line. To win four out of the last six games was a great achievement. It moved us up to sixth place in the table and has given us something to build on for the start of next season.”

 

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