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Knowle & Dorridge, 187-1, beat Berkswell 186 a/o: K&D trounce Berkswell by nine wickets in local derby

Knowle and Dorridge took the derby day spoils as Warwickshire’s Steffan Piolet led a one-man rout of battered Berkswell

Knowle and Dorridge took the derby day spoils as Warwickshire’s Steffan Piolet led a one-man rout of battered Berkswell.

Dominic Ostler’s men had no answer to Piolet as he plundered an unbeaten 130 off just 67 balls – including 15 fours and eight sixes.

But Berkswell again failed to help themselves and were guilty of another batting collapse as they fell to a nine-wicket defeat.

Losing the toss, visiting skipper Ostler was asked to bat first and the Berkswell openers, brothers James and Phil Neale, posted 119 runs in 31 overs.

But James Neale (29) top edged a ball from Neil Coley and Dominic Hendricks, running away from point, took a magnificent catch over his shoulder.

That triggered the now-all-too familiar Berkswell batting collapse with Phil Neale’s hard-fought 67 the only highlight.

The innings closed at 186 all out in the 53rd over, with Chris Davidson taking five for 59 for the home side. In reply, Alex Phillips and David Smith set about the Berkswell attack with gusto, only for Smith to edge Imran Arif to Phil Neale for nine in the fifth over.

But that dismissal, with the scoreboard on 32, saw Piolet come to the wicket and give a memorable display of batting that had the sizeable crowd cheering in admiration.

Phillips added another 15 runs to his account and remained 39 not out at the end of the Knowle & Dorridge innings.

A deflated Ostler said: “We had a fantastic opportunity to post a big total and restore some confidence in our batting after the start we were given by James and Phil, but we fell apart again and this is a growing cause for concern.

“Steffan Piolet’s innings was incredible.

“I cannot fault my bowlers for their efforts, it was one of those days when whoever was bowling at Steff would have had a job to contain him.”

On Saturday, Berkswell take on the 2012 champions Walsall at Meeting House Lane at noon.

 

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