Kidderminster 95ao Berkswell 112 ao
IN their first ever encounter in the Premier League, Berkswell came out on top in a dramatic and close fought match.
Losing the toss skipper Dominic Ostler was invited to bat first on a damp, green wicket and the visitors were soon in trouble losing Ian Westwood (1) and Jack Cornick (0) in the second over, then Phil Neale (0) with only five runs on the scoreboard.
Tom Milnes and Ostler steadied affairs before Ostler (17) was caught off the bowling of Richard Kimberlin.
Wickets continued to tumble leaving Berkswell on 67 for seven wickets, but a stand of 16 runs between Chris Cheslin and Jon Coleman took them to 83.
In the end last man Sultan Khan joined Babar Khan in the middle and the pair put bat to ball with Babar Khan’s first scoring stroke being a six back over the bowler’s head.
They finished with Babar Khan (26 not out) and Sultan Khan (2) stumped bringing the Berkswell innings to a close in the 49th over.
In reply Kidderminster got off to the worst possible start losing two wickets by the third over for only four runs.
However, at 43 for 4 in the 15th over the Kidderminster middle order folded with the introduction of Babar Khan into the attack.
Combined they reduced the home side to 95.
Babar Khan finished with 5 for 26 off 12 overs and Tom Milnes 3 for 29 off 9.5 overs.
A delighted Dominic Ostler said: “It was a fantastic team effort throughout and the win has filled us with confidence as we head next week to Himley who sit just above us at the top of the table.”