20/05/05 – Cricket – Berkswell conquer Bronze

Richard Blundell, Berkswell’s Vice Captain reports:

Berkswell took maximum points in a hard fought encounter with a competitive Bronze side, in ideal playing conditions.

The Meeting House Lane side lost the toss in their first home appearance of the 2005 Warwickshire Premier League season and were asked to bat on a good batting surface. Berkswell quickly established a commanding position with debutant Freddie Klokker leading from the front with a stylish 63 well supported by captain Dominic Ostler (46).

A couple of quick wickets, led to a period of consolidation and an important partnership developed between Nadeem Bhatti (66) and Paul Vickerstaff (34). Some superb hitting from the pair enabled skipper Ostler to make an early declaration in the 46th over on a massive 267 for 8 wickets. Only Zubair (3-70) made a notable contribution with the ball.

[Superb hitting – Nadeem Bhatti made a vital 66 including 2 sixes]

After tea, the visitors started well with the opening partnership scoring a brisk 40 before Sultan Khan trapped the Bronze opening bat L.B.W. A second wicket quickly followed as paceman Paul Thomas scalped the other opener thanks to a stunning close catch from de Bunge.

Bronze regrouped and set about building their innings with a superb 3rd wicket stand of over 100 runs between Qayyum (56) and Zubair (44), however two brilliant catches from Drury and de Bunge, in successive deliveries from Ostler threw the game in Berkswell’s favour. Bronze regrouped and battled to salvage a losing draw, but Berkswell had other ideas and took wickets regularly. Captain Ostler was pick of the bowlers with figures of 4-43 and he enjoyed support from de Bunge 3-51.

Bronze were eventually dismissed in the 51st over to complete the victory for the impressive Berkswell side.

This week Berkswell travel to Atherstone where they hope to continue their early season form and register back to back victories.