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Berkswell slump to Birmingham Premier defeat

Berkswell 119 a/o

Berkswell 119 a/o

K’ster Victoria 123 – 4

THE return to Premier League cricketing action after two weeks of inactivity due to the weather proved disappointing for Berkswell as they lost at home by six wickets.

However, despite the loss, the Meeting House Lane side still remain in second place in the table.

Having lost the toss, the home side were asked to bat first and found run scoring hard and lost wickets at regular intervals.

Finding themselves two wickets down for only eight runs in the sixth over, Tom Milnes (24) and James Neale (7) had added 30 runs when Neale was out and he was quickly followed by his brother Phil.

Skipper Dominic Ostler (30), Mohammed Akhlaq (17) and Ed Rainsford (15) were the only other batsmen to reach double figures and the innings faltered to a close in the 49th over.

In reply, Kidderminster had a disastrous start losing captain Jonathan Wright (0) clean bowled by Rainsford’s second ball. However, Andy Kimberlin (23) and Neil Pinner (21) put together a second wicket partnership of 30 runs and looked to be in control until Rainsford removed Pinner.

This gave some encouragement to Berkswell although this was soon negated as Ben Cox and Kimberlin added another 29 runs in six overs before Kimberlin was stumped.

Cox, meanwhile, continued to play and assisted by Zac Turley the pair moved the score on to 103 when Khan trapped Cox (35) lbw. Turley (28no) eventually guided the visitors through to victory in the 33rd over.

Skipper Ostler said: “We know our performance was below the standard required and we need to address our shortcomings if we are to continue the challenge for the league title.”

On Saturday Berkswell are at home again when they play Himley who are currently in joint second place.

 

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