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Berks remain in contention

BERKSWELL remain in the thick of Birmingham League Division Two’s promotion race after picking up maximum points over the Bank Holiday against Aston Manor and Old Elizabethans.

BERKSWELL remain in the thick of Birmingham League Division Two’s promotion race after picking up maximum points over the Bank Holiday against Aston Manor and Old Elizabethans.

The men from Meeting House Lane enjoyed an easy 151 run win over lowly Aston Manor on Saturday.

Berkswell made a cautious start with the bat and it wasn’t until the 30th over when they began to cut loose.

James Neale and Warwickshire prospect Tom Milnes both made half centuries before skipper Dominic Ostler provided some late carnage, smashing 56 not out from just 25 balls.

It took Berkswell to 254 for four and Manor never looked like matching that total in reply.

Skipper Peter Evans and South African Ryan Van Nierkerk provided some brief resistance, but once Evans was run out for 34, the innings folded on 103 all out.

The real test arrived on Monday when Berkswell faced promotion rivals Old Elizabethans in a top of the table clash.

Batting first, Berkswell lost wickets at regular intervals, but the innings was held together by Ostler who made 53.

He helped them muster 172 all out on a wicket which clearly helped the bowlers.

Elizabethans were on the back foot from the moment they lost opener Boyle who was trapped lbw by Wes Hartslief off the fourth ball of the innings.

The introduction of Tom Milnes into the attack wreaked havoc for the Worcester side.

With Dave Brignull, they bowled 41 balls without a run being scored, while three key wickets fell at the same time.

It reduced Elizabethans to 29 for four, from which they never recovered, finally being bowled out for just 73.

Hartslief took three for 10, Sultan Khan three for seven, Milnes two for 10, Brignull one for 23 and Babar Khan one for 23.

Berkswell visit Ombersley this Saturday.

 

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