Barnt Green 179 – 7 dec
Berkswell 132 – 4
A FRUSTRATING 77 minute break for rain when Berkswell had made inroads into the home side’s batting line-up effectively put paid to an intriguing contest away at Barnt Green.
A delayed start had already reduced the match to 53 overs per side and Barnt Green lost their first wicket in the 11th over when James Ord (25) was caught behind by Phil Neale off Ed Rainsford – the scoreboard reading 38.
By the time the rain started the fifth wicket had fallen with the score on 81.
However the downpour took the initiative away from Berkswell.
On resumption of play home skipper, the former Warwickshire CCC all-rounder, Dougie Brown and Ed Pollock put together a partnership of 52 runs with Barnt Green declaring two overs short of the 53.
Only having 33 overs available in reply, Berkswell had made steady progress putting on 36 for the first wicket in 11 overs before James Neale (22) edged to wicketkeeper Crowe.
However as the wickets fell Berkswell found that, with only 11 overs remaining and another 106 runs still needed for victory, the task was too much for the visitors although skipper Ostler with an undefeated 32 and Phil Neale (23) added another 50 runs in partnership before the innings closed.
“It’s annoying when the weather plays such a critical part in a match especially when we were in such a commanding position, but that’s all part of the game,” said skipper Dominic Ostler.
“At least the weather also had an influence in the fixture between our nearest rivals for the title Himley and Walsall so we are still in touch with the top of the league.”
On Saturday Berkswell take on current leaders Walsall at Meeting House Lane while Knowle & Dorridge, whose matched against Leamington Spa was abandoned, take on Shrewsbury away.