Cricket: Berkswell prepare for Birmingham League 20/20 finals day

Berkswell Cricket Club is preparing to fight on the biggest stage of its’ 114 year history on Sunday at the Birmingham League 20/20 Cup finals day being held at Cannock Cricket Club on Sunday 15th August.  Having accounted for a number of top sides including Premier Division League leaders Knowle and Dorridge in the 2nd round, Berkswell look forward to taking on Walmley at 10.00 am in the first of 2 semi-finals.  The winners will go on to meet the winners of Himley v Shrewsbury at 4:30pm

2nd round - Wes Hartslief cuts on his way to 106 not out v Knowle and Dorridge

Berkswell’s sensational run – which has also seen them beat Coventry and North Warickshire, Dorridge and Attock, including highest team total across the competition draw in 2 out of 4 rounds – has been notable for the way the entire squad has contributed to the successful progression at different stages of the competition.

The road to finals day
How Berkswell reached the semi-finals:

1st Round
Berkswell 185 for 6 (20 overs) defeated
Coventry & North Warks 148 all out (17.4 overs) by 37 runs

Berkswell highlight: Dominic Ostler 61

2nd Round
Berkswell 201 for 4 (20 overs) defeated
Knowle & Dorridge 134 all out (17.3 overs) by 67 runs

Berkswell highlights: Wes Hartslief 106 not out; Phil Neale 44; Antony McAllister 3-11; Babar Khan 3-11; Pat Milnes 3-42

Wes Hartslief - scored 106 not out in the 2nd round victory over Knowle & Dorridge

3rd Round

Berkswell 198 for 2 (20 overs) defeated
Dorridge 152 for 8 (20 overs) by 36 runs

Berkswell highlights: 17 year old Tom Milnes, hits 99 not out. Interestingly and cruelly, the Warwickshire 2nds and England Under 18 regular was robbed of his century towards the end of the Berkswell innings when the umpire signalled a leg bye when he ‘middled’ one into the ground past the keeper for a single.

4th Round
Berkswell 176 for 3 (18 overs) defeated
Attock 156 for 8 (18 overs) by 20 runs

Berkswell highlight: Dominic Ostler 91 not out.

About the Birmingham League

The Birmingham League, is not only the oldest club cricket league in the world, it is also one of the strongest and most prestigious, hosting top club sides from Shropshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire and the West Midlands, with the ability to attract top players from around the world. Recent stars of world cricket to play in the Birmingham League include Allan Donald, Andy Flower, Wasim Akram and Shoaib Akhtar, the latter of which turned out for Berkswell when he was still dubbed the fastest bowler in the world.