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Berkswell clinch thriller to stay in hunt

BERKSWELL returned to the scene of their Twenty20 triumph to pull off a pulsating 17 run success over Cannock to keep themselves in the thick of Birmingham League Division Two’s promotion race.

BERKSWELL returned to the scene of their Twenty20 triumph to pull off a pulsating 17 run success over Cannock to keep themselves in the thick of Birmingham League Division Two’s promotion race.

Put into bat first on a damp wicket, Berkswell slumped to 18 for four having lost several key wickets including skipper Dominic Ostler.

Wes Hartslief began to rescue the situation with a well compiled 50, but after being caught behind, Berkswell were still way below par at 94 for eight before tailender Babar Khan added 22 and together with Dave Brignull took the final total to 123.

Khan then made early inroads when Cannock replied by picking up two quick wickets.

The introduction of Hartsleif into the attack also paid dividends, claiming the prize wicket of Staffordshire star Dave Womble.

Wickets then fell at regular intervals before Cannock were finally removed for 106, Hartslief finishing with five for 29 off 12.5 overs while Khan claimed three for 33 off 17 overs.

Skipper Ostler admitted: “At tea, I felt we were still 20 runs short, but we bowled fantastically, kept the pressure on and didn’t allow them to settle”.

Berkswell travel to relegation threatened Aston Manor on Saturday before entertaining joint league leaders Old Elizabethans

 

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