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Victory sees Berkswell hold onto the top spot

Berkswell returned to winning ways on Saturday with a comfortable five wicket victory at home to Walmley that keeps them at the top of Birmingham League Division One.

Berkswell returned to winning ways on Saturday with a comfortable five wicket victory at home to Walmley that keeps them at the top of Birmingham League Division One.

Skipper Dominic Ostler won the toss and opted to bowl first, a decision that paid immediate dividends when Walmley were reduced to 7 for three by the bowling of Dave Brignull and Chris Cheslin.

However, George Findlay (25) and Chris Whittock (60) then staged a recovery for Walmley, taking them to 98 before Whittock was dismissed by Brignull.

Wickets then fell steadily throughout the remainder of the innings as Walmley closed on 195 for 8 from their 55 overs, with only Peter McKay (44 not out) providing any substantial contribution.

Pick of the bowlers for Berkswell was Brignull, who finished with three for 45 from his 17 overs.

In reply, Berkswell lost Brignull early on for just 10, but half centuries from James Neale (55) and Mohammed Akhlaq (54), and 29 from Phil Neale, set them on their way towards the Walmley total.

The dismissal of Akhlaq and skipper Ostler (20) with 20 still needed gave Walmley a slight sniff of an unlikely victory, but Jonathan Coleman and Chris Cheslin scored the remaining runs to give Berkswell a well-earned win with two overs to spare.

The victory was especially well received by the members and former members who had been enjoying a President’s Day lunch at the ground.

A delighted Ostler said afterwards: “It was great to get back to winning ways today.

“Our batting was excellent, strengthened by the return of Phil and James Neale, and our bowlers did fantastically well to restrict Walmley to less than 200 on a very flat wicket.

“We deserved our win and hopefully we can now secure our position at the top of the table.’

On Saturday, Berkswell entertain local rivals Coventry & North Warwicks at Meeting House Lane.

 

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