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Brilliant Cheslin skittles out Himley as Berkswell tops table

Himley 60a/o

Himley 60a/o

Berkswell 145a/o

ANOTHER outstanding team display saw Berkswell move to the top of the Birmingham Premier League after a comprehensive 85 run victory.

Invited to bat first on a green and damp track, Berkswell lost both openers, Ian Westwood (3) and Phil Neale (7), by the 10th over with only 20 runs on the scoreboard.

However, skipper Dominic Ostler steadied the ship with a top score of 42 as the visitors posted 145 all out.

Himley’s reply was quickly under pressure when Zimbabwean Ed Rainsford, making his Birmingham League debut, had Greg Wright (0) lbw in the third over closely followed by Tom Milnes having Chris Tranter (10) caught behind by Phil Neale to leave the hosts 13 for 2 in the 8th over.

With Himley finding runs hard to come by in the face of some excellent line and length bowling by Rainsford and Milnes, and then Cheslin and Babar Khan, only 16 runs were added in 12 overs.

Himley quickly collapsed to 60 all out in just 36 overs.

Chris Cheslin was the pick of the Berkswell bowlers finishing with 4 for 26 from 12.1 overs.

“We bowled magnificently and kept the pressure on them from the first ball,” said Ostler.

On Saturday Berkswell welcome current league champions Barnt Green to Meeting House Lane (12noon) for what promises to be a highly entertaining and challenging encounter between these two top sides.

 

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