Attock 177ao v Berkswell 181-6
Another robust team performance saw Berkswell extend their lead at the top of the Birmingham Division 1 table to 11 points after a four wicket victory at Moseley-based side Attock.
Having won the toss skipper Dominic Ostler invited the home side to bat and the visitors had an early success when Chris Cheslin had Ahmed (0) caught behind off the second ball of the second over with the score on four.
An 11 over partnership of 40 runs between Mohammed Khan and Waqar Saleem came to a sudden end when Warwickshire Academy, and Oxford University CC skipper elect Ben Williams executed a brilliant piece of fielding to run out Khan (23) with a direct hit on the stumps.
In the next over Cheslin (3-44) trapped both Basit Zaman (0) and Junaid Khan (0) lbw to leave Attock four down.
However, following the loss of three wickets in only seven balls the home side recovered somewhat but still steadily leaked wickets.
Last pair Safraz Ali and Sayed Abdul Karim put bat to ball and kept the Berkswell bowlers at bay whilst accumulating another 40 runs, but another excellent piece of fielding by Babar Khan, saw Ali (23) run out after another direct hit, the innings coming to a close on 177 in the 52nd over.
Berkswell openers James Neale and Dave Brignull quickly posted 18 runs before Neale was adjudged lbw.
With Ben Williams now at the crease the scoreboard ticked over to 68 when Williams (21) was caught one handed by Sultan Mahmood at slip. Two easy wickets fell and it was left to Jonathan Coleman and Chris Cheslin to steady the ship.
Attock persevered and the arrival Ostler now saw the former Warwickshire man quickly into his stride with two powerful cover drives for four.
In the 51st over 11 runs were taken and in the 53rd another ten to tie the scores. Warwickshire’s Chris Metters then returned the second ball of the 54th over back over the bowler’s head for four to seal the victory and end up 44 not out with Ostler also undefeated on 30.
“We knew we would have to play well again to win against Attock, but we took wickets at crucial times in their innings and then paced our reply perfectly.
“Next week we travel to Brockhampton who are another powerful outfit but we go there confident of getting a favourable result.”
l Fellow division one side Dorridge meanwhile were on the end of a losing draw against Wombourne, hitting 261 for 9 in reply to the home side’s 343 for 6.
Dorridge got 8 points and Wombourne 18 to leave the local side sitting third behind Berkswell and Old Hill.
They play bottom of the league Shifnal away on Saturday and will be looking for maximum points to put their promotion drive back on track.