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Berkswell maintain pressure at the top

Leamington 137a/o

Leamington 137a/o

Berkswell 143a/o

CRUCIAL batting partnerships and inspired bowling changes ensured Berkswell kept up the pressure in their bid to claim the Premier League title.

They now sit just two points behind Walsall with all to play for.

Invited to bat first, Berkswell openers, brothers James and Phil Neale put 25 runs on when Phil was caught at slip. A brace of wickets then fell leaving Berkswell at 30 for 3 after 12 overs.

Skipper Dominic Ostler joined James Neale at the crease and the pair put on 35 in 12 overs before Neale (26) was caught.

Tom Milnes (2) soon followed him to the clubhouse leaving the visitors looking vulnerable at 67 for 5 in the 24th over.

Ostler reached his half century off 110 balls, eventually falling for 51.

Leamington’s openers quickly reached 47 runs in 19 overs.

However the breakthrough came soon after, the home side losing four wickets in the seven overs for 68.

Babar Khan then turned the game in Berkswell favour as he picked up the wickets of Phillips (46), Luke Radford (9) and Lee Hopkins (0) leaving Leamington looking precarious at 79 for 7 in the 33rd over.

Tom Milne was brought back into the attack with the hosts needing only seven runs to win.

With the third delivery of his over a slower ball, Khalid (8) miss-timed a drive into the air and into the waiting hands of Coleman. Then another slow ball, saw Cheshire (41) loft the ball to be caught by Dave Brignull giving Berkswell an outstanding victory. Cheslin finishing with 4 for 47, and Khan 4 for 24.



Cathrina Hulse
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Annette Belcher
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