09/07/05 – Cricket: Berkswell defeat Nuneaton

Boundary Sports Warwickshire Premier League
Saturday 2 July 2004
Berkswell 266 for 7 wickets (24pts) beat Nuneaton 157 all out (5pts)

Berkswell’s 1st team grabbed a crucial maximum points in a one sided affair at Meeting House Lane. The result took on greater significance as their Premier Division lead had been slashed the previous weekend before after losing their game to rain whilst nearest rivals Kenilworth and Atherstone both managed to play and win their respective matches.

Berkswell lost the toss and were put in to bat and saw openers Akhlaq Mohammed and Martyn Bevins make a steady start before Akhlaq gloved one behind to the wicketkeeper.

Bevins cashed in on the absence of regular opener and Danish International Freddie Klokker who was playing in the ICC World Trophy. After his steady start he piled on the runs in the middle section of the innings putting on 140 with captain and former Warwickshire star Dominic Ostler. Bevins (81) and Ostler (93) departed in quick succession, leaving Nadeem Bhatti (41 not out) to observe something of a collapse at the other end. Bhatti closed out the innings with a number of big leg side sixes while seeing Berkswell through to an early declaration and imposing total of 266 for 7 wickets. The bright spot for Nuneaton on a poor day in the field was spinner Fitzsimons returning respectable figures of 4 for 78.

After the interval, Nuneaton’s top four batsmen were all dismissed for under 50 runs, which left their run chase an impossible task with ex-Worcestershire paceman Paul Thomas taking three early wickets and finishing with superb figures of 4 wickets for 40 runs. Paul Vickerstaff grabbed the initiative to build pressure and collect wickets at regular intervals from the other end, with another superb display of slow bowling collecting another 5 wicket haul ending with figures of 5 for 40.

This game was a one-sided affair despite an under par performance from Premier League leaders Berkswell.

On the same day, in Ireland, in the ICC World Trophy competition, Berkswell’s Frederik Klokker hit a magnificent unbeaten 139 for Denmark against USA, after completing a recent trial period for Warwickshire earlier last week and Daan de Bunge scored a brilliant 92 for Holland against Oman, following up his 36 not out against Papua New Guinea the day before.