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Berkswell bounce back in fine form

BERKSWELL are back in Birmingham League Division One after putting the skids under rivals Water Orton with a convincing 156 run success.

BERKSWELL are back in Birmingham League Division One after putting the skids under rivals Water Orton with a convincing 156 run success.

But the men from Meeting House Lane faced a tense wait until they discovered that promotion rivals Old Elizabethans could only draw against already relegated Telford side St Georges.

It set the champagne corks popping as it meant Berkswell had finished runners-up to champions Evesham.

Berkswell had suffered an early scare when inserted to bat they lost opener James Neale cheaply, but once brother Phil Neale and Mo Akhlag got their heads down, runs began to flow.

There was a brief spell when Water Orton hit back through pace bowler Lesroy Irish who caught and bowled Akhlag for 29 before removing South African Wes Hartslief and Tom Milnes in quick succession.

That only brought skipper Dominic Ostler to the crease who proceeded to smash their bowling to all parts of the ground.

The former Bears favourite blitzed a century off just 53 balls and enabled Berkswell to declare early on 265 for four in 46 overs.

Ostler finished on 101 not out while young Warwickshire prospect Phil Neale made 104 not out.

Water Orton’s reply was almost instantly sunk by some fired-up fast bowling by Warwickshire’s Tom Milnes and Hartslief. who reduced them to 19 for six.

Dawes with 29 and Harris on 25 offered some brief resistance before Dave Brignull and Babar Khan were brought into Berkswell’s attack to help polish Water Orton off, who were eventually removed for 109 in the 37th over.

A delighted Ostler declared: “We have played some fantastic cricket since the middle of June, winning 10 out of 11 matches. All the team members can be proud of what they’ve achieved.”

 

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