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Berkswell 138 Barnt Green 135: Cheslin the hero as Berkswell beat Barnt Green by three runs

“I'll take that!” said jubilant skipper Dominic Ostler as his Berkswell side pulled off an astounding win against Barnt Green

“I'll take that!” said jubilant skipper Dominic Ostler as his Berkswell side pulled off an astounding win against Barnt Green.

Having lost the toss, Berkswell were soon in trouble losing opener James Neale without a run on the scoreboard, and the situation worsened further when Phil Neale (6) soon followed his brother to the pavilion. With the home side now 14 for 2 Warwickshire’s Tom Milnes joined Tom Lewis at the crease and the pair managed to stem the loss.

Over 15 overs they put together a 73 run partnership before Lewis (38) was LBW to Andy Sutton and new batsman Mohammed Akhlaq (0) fell two balls later to leave Berkswell on 87 for 4 at the end of the 20th over.

Milnes (32), now with Ostler, together added 16 runs until he too was out LBW.

Ostler (19) was then caught at slip as the Berkswell batting line up, With the exception of Chris Cheslin (12), offered little resistance as Nick Powell cleaned up the tail with a spell of bowling that saw him pick up 4 for 27 off 9.4 overs and leave Berkswell 138 all out in 39.4 overs.

The Barnt Green reply started briskly but soon ran into trouble at 19 for 3 in the 4th over with Berkswell right back in the game.

However, a fourth wicket partnership of 77 between Sam Hain and Tom Burton swung the match in Barnt Green’s favour.

Unfazed, Tom Lewis then claimed three quick wickets, Dave Brignull and Imran Arif took one apiece to leave Barnt Green on 129 for 8.

Chris Cheslin started his next over with a wide and then saw his fourth ball go for five wides to move the Worcestershire side to within four runs of victory.

But, unperturbed, he then bowled Sutton (10) with his next ball and then had last man Stephen Bevan (0)caught behind by Phil Neale first ball to give Berkswell an amazing three run triumph.

“I thought we’d fallen about 30 runs short on that wicket”, said Ostler, “but I’m delighted in the way the lads responded to the challenge and they can all be justifiably proud of their fantastic achievement.”

On Saturday Berkswell travel to Shrewsbury who are currently sitting in second place in the table.

l Knowle & Dorridge lost by six wickets to Brockhampton, the Station Road side were all out for 112, while Brockhampton knocked out 115 for four off 31 overs.

On Saturday K&D play Kidderminster Victoria at home.

 

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