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Brilliant Berkswell claim Twenty20 cup

Berkswell Cricket Club celebrated the biggest success in their history when they were crowned Birmingham League Twenty20 champions this week.

Berkswell Cricket Club celebrated the biggest success in their history when they were crowned Birmingham League Twenty20 champions this week.

The men from Meeting House Lane belied their Division Two status by beating Premier sides Walmley and Himley to take the title at sun-drenched Cannock.

Skipper Dominic Ostler, the former Warwickshire batsman, was full of praise for his players: “I’m chuffed to bits. We deserved to win it because we bowled, batted and fielded better than anyone else.

“It has to be the best success in the club’s history when you consider that we’ve come up through the ranks of the Cotswold League to reach this point.

“It was a real team effort because everyone played their part. In truth, we were never really tested!”

Berkswell faced defending champions Walmley in the first semi-final at 10am. Put in to bat on a drying wicket, they made light of the conditions to reach 159 for five.

Ostler led from the front scoring 53 while Warwickshire Academy player Phil Neale also added 53 not out.

In reply, Walmley were restricted to 119 for seven. Khizer Zaman claimed three for 10 while Wessel Hartslief with two for 21 and Babar Khan with one for 21 were equally effective.

Berkswell then met Himley in the final and were given a flying start with the bat by Ostler and Hartslief who hammered 24 off the first two overs.

But it was England Under-17 player Tom Milnes who held the innings together with 42 not out.

It all helped Berkswell to post a target of 154 for six which Himley never got close to as they were bowled out for 105.

Hartslief took two for 18 and Milnes three for 15, the pair having reduced Himley to 13 for four at one stage from which they never recovered.

 

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