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Win keeps Berkswell at the top of the table

Bromsgrove 111 all out, Berkswell, 197 all out, Berkswell win by 86 runs

Bromsgrove 111 all out, Berkswell, 197 all out, Berkswell win by 86 runs

Bromsgrove won the toss on a damp wicket, and asked Berkswell to bat.

The openers, brothers James and Phil Neale, made steady progress putting on 58 for first wicket, before James (21) was given out lbw.

On a difficult turning track all the top order Berkswell batsmen made runs – Phil Neale 37, Ben Williams 28, Dominic Ostler 35, Jonathan Coleman 22, – and the supporting batsmen enabled Berkswell to reach 197 all out in 54.3 overs with Bromsgrove skipper, Mark Evenson, ending with 6 for 48 from 16 overs.

In reply, Bromsgrove found scoring difficult against the Berkswell opening bowlers, Dave Brignull and Chris Cheslin, and the first wicket fell at 10, when Cheslin had Ashley Newdick (7) caught by Ben Williams.

The introduction of Babar Khan (5 for 32 from 13 overs) into the attack proved decisive, and with Ostler also claiming two wickets, the home side collapsed to 111 all out in the 39th over.

The win keeps Berkswell at the top of the table, with three games remaining.

That was Monday, on Saturday the top of the table clash against Kenilworth Wardens fell victim to the weather.

 

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