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West Bromwich Dartmouth 215-6 beat Berkswell 213ao

Berkswell were unable to stop West Bromwich Dartmouth from claiming the Birmingham Premier League title.

Despite a defiant half century from skipper Dominic Ostler, Berkswell were unable to stop West Bromwich Dartmouth from claiming the Birmingham Premier League title.

Asked to bat first on a wicket prepared for the benefit of the home side’s bowling attack the visitors to Sandwell Park were soon two wickets down.

Nick James and Tom Lewis repaired the early damage to add 57 runs in ten overs but Lewis (20) was rapped on the pads and the umpire’s finger was quickly raised in response to Kadeer Ali’s appeal.

James (39) kept the scoreboard ticking over with Darren Maddy before he was caught behind to give Kadeer a second wicket.

With Ostler joining Maddy the two former Warwickshire players were able to put runs on the scoreboard with Ostler striking three sixes in rapid succession.

Maddy having reached a faultless 39 runs then clipped a ball from Zeeshan Asif off his toes but only found the waiting hands of perfectly placed Rawlston Tappin at mid-wicket who held the catch.

With the loss of Maddy, Berkswell were now 143-5 in the 30th over and although Phil Neale in partnership with Ostler added a brisk 39 runs but Neale wickets fell at regular intervals, Ostler (52) the last wicket to fall as Berwswell closed on 213.

Having already secured the necessary points to win the title, the home side were able to bat without pressure and openers Kadeer Ali and Basit Zaman quickly had fifty runs on the scoreboard.

In the eighth over Zaman fell for 21 but this was to be the last success the visitors would have for the next 19 overs as Kadeer (67) and Brinder Phagura (63) combined to add another 109 runs and put the game effectively out of reach of Berkswell.

 

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