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Berkswell on high after skittling Whitchurch

ANOTHER excellent team performance saw Berkswell comprehensively defeat Shropshire side Whitchurch by nine wickets - a result that keeps the village side in the top three in Division Two of the Birmingham League.

ANOTHER excellent team performance saw Berkswell comprehensively defeat Shropshire side Whitchurch by nine wickets - a result that keeps the village side in the top three in Division Two of the Birmingham League.

Inviting the visitors to bat first, Berkswell soon made an early breakthrough when visiting skipper Simon Bowen (9) was caught at slip by Dominic Ostler off pace man Dave Brignull in the tenth over with the score on 24.

Wickets continued to fall with alarming regularity and only Mas Hasnain (32) and Amjaad Ali-Khan (28) made any contribution with the bat, and by the end of the 37th over the visiting side were 95 for 9. The innings came to an end two runs later and Whitchurch finished on 101 all out.

In reply Berkswell started cautiously against the lively bowling of Dan Bowen, but once he was replaced, the runs started to flow more freely. A first wicket stand of 39 between Jonathan Coleman and Phil Neale came to an end when Coleman (5) was caught low down in the gully.

The loss of Coleman saw Mo Akhlaq (14no) come to the crease and he and Neale (70no) made short work of reaching the target.

In the Warwickshire League Division Three Hampton & Solihull played host to Nether Whitacre on another good Marsh Lane wicket - and it was no surprise that visiting captain Ian Breeze opted to bat.

Nether Whitacre ended their innings on 200 for six, with their last four overs yielding a massive 52 runs.

Chris Hughes (15) and Ian Cherry (25) were the first H&S wickets to fall before Steve Juckes (12) went LBW.

This brought brothers Mark (54no) and Matt James (84no) to the creases, who have both been in fine form, and some fine batting saw the duo take H&S home at a canter.

Rowington made the long trip to Cotswold Hills Division One leaders Ashton-under-Hill on Saturday and promptly opted to field in cloudy conditions.

Ashton ended up on 208-7 with the inform Leon Clarke taking two for 39.

In reply Rowington made a gallant effort to reach their target but ended just 17 runs short.

In Division Five Catney, who reached 87 all out, were hammered after losing by ten wickets to Wellesbourne.

 

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