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Late drama puts paid to Berkswell CC

Berkswell could only come away from champions Shrewsbury with a losing draw.

Berkswell could only come away from champions Shrewsbury with a losing draw, failing to make up any significant ground on Birmingham League Premier Division leaders West Bromwich Dartmouth, whose match was abandoned.

Having lost the toss, the visitors were asked to bat and with the second wicket falling at 46 in the 21st over acceleration was needed if Berkswell were to post a sizeable target.

Tom Lewis (37), in partnership with James Neale (50), duly provided a 63 run partnership in 14 overs.

Darren Maddy (30) and skipper Dominic Ostler (30) also contributed as the score reached 200 when an amazing over from Elliot Green (5 for 64) saw Khan (16) caught on the boundary, Ostler stumped by Ed Foster and Chris Cheslin (0) caught behind by Foster to give the bowler a hat-trick.

Phil Neale (13no) and Dave Brignull (1no) managed to hold out for the final two overs as Berkswell closed on 216.

With time lost during the Berkswell innings due to rain, the hosts’ overs were reduced to 44 with a revised winning draw total of 180.

After his exploits in the field (3 for 48 with the ball, three catches and two stumpings) Ed Foster opened the Shrewsbury innings by pulling the first ball for six and remained until the penultimate over when he was stumped on 87 with the score on 172 and the tension mounting.

Another wicket in the final over kept nerves jangling and eventually Shrewsbury needed four runs off the last ball for the winning draw. Despite a desperate dive by Tom Lewis, fielding on the mid-wicket boundary, Green’s pull shot rolled across the rope to leave Berkswell disconsolate.

 

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