08/06/06 – Cricket: Knowle and Dorridge scrape past Berkswell in cup tussle

Last night’s eagerly anticipated 20 over cup clash saw Knowle and Dorridge limp across the finishing line in a thrilling and hard fought contest at Meeting House Lane.

Berkswell’s innings began to take shape after a difficult start which saw opener Keir Threlkeld depart for a second ball duck plus fellow opener Richard Blundell shortly after impressively smashing Zimbabwean international Travis Friend to the long on boundary.

[class act: Berkswell’s left hander Freddie Klokker is pictured above reverse sweeping for 4 during his hugely impressively 50]

Freddie Klokker’s undoubted class shone throughout an impressive 50 containing a wide array of strokes. Skipper Dominic Ostler also weighed in with some impressive shots to help Klokker move the score to 92 for 2 from the first 10 overs. Paul Vickerstaff contributed strongly when Ostler had perished trying to clear the ropes.

[Berkswell’s Paul Vickerstaff hits out during his well crafted innings]

Some of the good work was undone towards the end of the Berkswell innings when a flurry of wickets saw Berkswell tail off to finish 148 all out in the final over.

Knowle and Dorridge looked set to cruise to victory amassing over 90 runs for only 1 wicket in the first 10 overs, but Berkswell pegged them back and a similar tumble of wickets saw Knowle and Dorridge limp determinedly across the line with a ball to spare.”