27/06/06 – Cricket: Ostler double century sinks Ombersley

Having followed up on a report originally provided by Matt Nightingale we bring news of a stunning double century by Dominic Ostler for Berkswell at the weekend:

Berkswell v Redditch – Sat 24th June 2006

Berkswell 334 for 5 wickets (24pts) beat Ombersley 128 all out (3pts) by 206 runs

Following 2 consecutive defeats Berkswell dismissed any fears they were struggling to cope in Birmingham League 3 with an overwhelming 206 run win at home to a talented Ombersley side.

Having lost the toss, Berkswell skipper Dominic Ostler paved the way for victory with a gargantuan 202 not out. His double century – which he reached with a boundary from the last ball of the innings – contained 28 fours and seven sixes.

[Berkswell skipper Dominic Ostler – smashing 202 not out in quick time produces “tired arms”]

But although Ostler’s innings was a pivotal part of Berkswell’s domination of the game the emphatic nature of the victory owed much to a brilliant bowling display from a quartet of bowlers led by Sully Khan and Dave Brignull.

Ombersley skipper Young would have felt justified by his decision to insert Berkswell early on when Berkswell opener Giles Clements fell for a duck. But a fluent partnership of 61 between Mohammed Akhlaq and Freddie Klokker ensued and Klokker’s departure lbw for 37 in the 16th over simply heralded the beginning of skipper Ostlers tour-de-force and highest individual score in Berkswell’s Saturday 1st XI history.

A small wobble occurred when Akhlaq (45) was the third wicket to fall, quickly followed by Paul Vickertaff for the second duck of the day. But when Richard Blundell joined his skipper the pair set about the Ombersley attack putting on 85 in just 15 overs. By this time Ostler had passed his first hundred, from where he launched a dramatic assault to add 120 runs in 10.5 overs, assisted by Matt Nightingale’s 18 not out. Berkswell finished with a mammoth 334 for 5.

Club Vice- Chairman Matt Nightingale said of his partnership with Ostler,

“It was a pleasure to be at the other end while Ossie was batting so well. It was an awesome display and he hit the ball so hard. I think they made a mistake trying to protect the short boundary, Dominic was drilling the ball so hard that a shot placed a few yards either side gave the fielder no chance. They just weren’t stopping anything, plus there was acres of space to hit into across the rest of field.”

With such a daunting target to chase the Ombersley batsmen came out in a very positive frame of mind looking to hit boundaries whenever possible but were undone by the pace and accuracy of Dave Brignull and left arm guile of Sultan Khan. Berkswell’s opening attack had reduced Ombersley to 46 for 6 by the fifteenth over with the impressive Khan returning figures of 5 for 48 from 11 overs. The Ombersley batsmen remain positive throughout but gave chances throughout with Paul Vickerstaff 2 for 16 and Pat Milnes 2 for 52 mopping up the tail to leave Ombersley all out for 128 in the 30th over.

When asked about the game later all Ostler could muster initially was,

“My arms were really tired and I kept falling over.”

But further probing revealed he was pleased with another 24 points,

“It’s funny but we either seem to bag the maximum 24 points or capitulate, there’s nothing in between. Today has been a good day, Sully and Briggers bowled exceptionally well.”

Berkswell are on their travels again this weekend, but they don’t need their camping gear this week as it’s a local derby clash against Solihull Blossomfield at Streetsbrook Road.