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Easy as 123 for rampant Berkswell

BERKSWELL moved up to third in Division Two of the Birmingham League after defeating St Georges by 165 runs after another good performance with bat and ball.

BERKSWELL moved up to third in Division Two of the Birmingham League after defeating St Georges by 165 runs after another good performance with bat and ball.

Batting first, Berkswell could have regretted the decision when they were five for two after only six overs. But a steadying partnership of 69 in 14 overs by Tom Milnes (38) and James Neale (53) calmed the nerves.

Skipper Dominic Ostler impressive knock of 123 not out helped Berkswell to reach 298 for six at the end of the 55th over.

St Georges were going quite well with the bat until a middle order collapse saw them lose five wickets in five overs, and eventually be bowled out for 133. Babar Khan was the pick of the Berkswell bowlers returning five for 34 off 15 overs.

Hampton & Solihull played Warwickshire League Division Three promotion rivals Weoley Hill and were put into field.

Weoley Hill could only manage 159 as H&S’s bowlers pinned them back, Palmer with fine figures of four for 30.

In reply H&S lost opener Ian Cherry for 13, but Mark James arrived and proceeded to take apart the Weoley Hill attack, hitting nine fours and a six to reach 51 in just 13 overs, before being caught off the bowling of Morley.

Two further quick wickets fell before Palmer (29 no) and Piers Roberts, who carried his bat for 49 not out, took H&S home by six wickets.

Rowington hosted Moreton in Marsh in the Cotswold Hills League Division One and were immediately put into bat.

The R’s were struggling on 136-5 before Simon Cross (77), Tom Jefferson (40no) and Clive Haywood (29no) shone with hard hitting and good running, eventually taking the score up to 234 off their 45 overs.

At 135-5 in reply, Moreton were in a similar position to what Rowington were before them, but the visitor’s last five wickets only added 19 runs onto the scoreboard and saw Moreton finish on 154 all out.

And in Division Five Catney beat Ashton-under-Hill by 40 runs to record an amazing seventh victory in a row. The Catherine-de-Barnes side had Steve Finnegan to thank with an unbeaten 57 with the bat and bowlers Stu McCutchon (4-39) and Aiden Hancox (3-17).

 

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