Cricket: Milnes’ star turn not quite enough for Warwickshire 2nds

A superb five wicket haul by Berkswell’s Tom Milnes wasn’t quite enough to prevent defeat for Warwickshire’s second eleven  on Tuesday as they lost a close game by two wickets to Nottinghamshire at Berkswell’s Meeting House Lane Ground.  Warwickshire lost the toss and were invited to bat on a slow paced and lost early wickets to find themselves in trouble at 9-3, before fourth wicket pairing Richard Johnson (51) and Usman Shabir (59) began rebuilding the innings.

Berkswell's Tom Milnes - nearly turned match with 5 wicket haul

England Under 19 captain Paul Best (52) continued the good work with a superb free scoring innings to add vital lower order runs before the innings closed on a competitive looking 245 all out from 49-3 overs.  Berkswell’s Tom  Milnes was left stranded on 7 not out after hitting a towering 6 over mid-wicket whilst Nottinghamshire’s Jake Ball ended as the leading wicket taker with 4-46.

In reply Nottinghamshire’s Neil Edwards fell after a solid start with the total on forty four to a difficult return catch from Tom Milnes,  before an interruption for rain which brought about a forty five minute delay.  Nottinghamshire soon picked up where they’d left off and appeared to be cruising to victory on 222-4, until Tom Milnes transformed the innings with four wickets for one run in a dramatic two over spell which reduced them to a precarious looking 226-8.  But with Milnes out of the way White and Ball dug in to see Nottinghamshire over the line without further loss and with an over to spare.  Milnes’ could draw some consolation that he’d performed well on his own club ground with a final analysis that included figures of 5 wickets for 46 runs from his ten overs.
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