AN emphatic nine wicket win at Tamworth keeps Berkswell within sight of the top of the league, in Division Two of the Birmingham League.
Good bowling by the Berkswell men saw Tamworth, who were put into bat first, get to just 97 all out. Wes Hartslief finished with four for 25 from 13 overs, Brignull three for 39 off 17 and Khan three for nine off 7.2 overs.
The Berkswell reply started rapidly with James Neale (58) and Jonathan Coleman (42no), the young Worcestershire prospect, going at just above four runs an over.
The loss of Neale with the score at 58 brought the experienced Mo Akhlaq (14no) to the crease to partner the youngster, and the pair raced to their target of 98.
A jubilant Dominic Ostler said: “This was just the result we needed to restore our confidence after a couple of disappointing results.
“We bowled and fielded exceptionally well and then batted with composure and authority enabling us to comfortably reach the target.”
With Hampton & Solihull’s first XI clash abandoned without a ball being bowled, H&S had only the one match as the second XI travelled to Griff & Coton.
The rain also played its part in the second’s game, which was reduced to 33 overs a side before it started. Griff & Coton posted an intimidating 169 for eight off their 33 overs, with Chris Hughes (4-58) and Tanveer Khan (3-39) the pick of the H&S bowlers.
Despite losing early wickets, Matt Keyte (54no) helped H&S to reach 108 for 6, before the rain came to curtail the game. The losing draw for H&S keeps them in the hunt for promotion.
Wythall went top of the league following their convincing victory against Standard Coventry in Division Six of the Warwickshire League.
Captain Darren Turner once again won the toss and chose to bowl on a fast wicket, in a game that was reduced to 46 overs due to the rain.
Standard Coventry achieved 149-8 off their 46 overs, with Kelvin Heath (2-33) and Mathew Wright (3-30) the pick of the Wythall bowlers.
Wythall had Nicholas Tongue (51no) and Tony Jacques (56) to thank as they achieved their target of 150-1 in just 25 and a half overs.
In the Cotswold League Rowington’s game against Alcester & Ragley was abandoned due to the rain, with each side sharing five points each.