West Bromwich Dartmouth 105 ao Berkswell 106/5
BERKSWELL maintained their challenge for the Premier League title with this impressive five wicket win away at West Bromwich Dartmouth.
Strengthened by the return of Warwickshire’s Tom Milnes, skipper Dominic Ostler, having won the toss, invited the home side to bat first.
Openers James Campbell and Kadeer Ali had put on 20 runs in the first five overs when Ali (5) became the first wicket to fall when he edged a ball from Zimbabwean Ed Rainsford to Ostler.
One over later Campbell (20) was bowled by Milnes to leave the hosts on 28 for 2. New batsmen Navdeep Poonia and Ateeq Javid stemmed the sudden loss and added another 12 in eight overs before Poonia (7) miss-timed a drive and was well caught at mid-off by James Neale. Rawlston Tappin’s stay at the crease lasted 15 balls before Dave Brignull trapped him lbw without scoring.
Dartmouth skipper Guriq Randhawa (0) only faced three balls before he was caught behind by Phil Neale to leave the Black Country side five down for only 48 runs.
Five runs later Cheslin picked up his second wicket when Javid (6) was caught at mid-on by Babar Khan.
A promising partnership of Mark Fisher and Junead Zaman came to an abrupt end when Fisher (10) was run out following a miss-field.
Following his departure Zaman added another 13 runs but saw Naheem Sajjad (0) have his off stump removed at the other end by Milnes in the 41st over. The re-introduction of Rainsford had the desired effect as he picked up the wickets of Zaman (37), brilliantly caught behind one handed by Phil Neale and then Imran Khan (5) bowled with the first ball of the 44th to leave the home side all out on 105 – Rainsford finishing with 3 for 22 and Milnes 3 for 34.
In reply Berkswell had lost Phil Neale (4) and Mohammed Akhlaq (4) for only 13 runs by the 12th over raising the hopes of the home side.
However, a 24-run partnership between James Neale and Jack Cornick relieved the pressure. Once Cornick was gone Ostler and Neale patiently compiled another 35 runs in 12 overs to move Berkswell nearer the required total.
The loss of Ostler (21) with the score at 72 brought Milnes to the crease and he quickly brought the match to a conclusion with a rapid 24 not out off only 11 balls, his innings containing 3 fours and a six.
Next Saturday Berkswell take on local rivals Leamington Spa at their Arlington Avenue ground.