Trevor Jordan reports on a magnificent and comprehensive Berkswell victory over previously unbeaten league leaders Walsall in the Birmingham & District Premier League’s Premier Division, a victory which keeps the title race alive for Berkswell and other chasing sides:
Berkswell (190 for 3 wickets) defeated Walsall (189 all out) by 7 wickets
A dominant performance against league leaders Walsall from Berkswell’s cricketers at Meeting House Lane enabled the Balsall Common club to move back to second place in the table and renew their Premier Division title challenge. Berkswell skipper Dominic Ostler was delighted with his side’s emphatic seven wicket victory over a Walsall side previously unbeaten in the league:
“Walsall’s strength is in their batting but once we had them five down for only 169, and their key batsmen back in the pavilion, I was confident we would bowl them out for under 200. The track was ideal to bat on and we made the perfect start to our innings and our batting partnerships proved again what we are capable of and what a balanced side we have.”
“Today’s result was vital in our challenge for the title and it’s magnificent that we are still in contention”.
Berkswell’s man of the match Chris Cheslin ran through Walsall’s late order with the ball (4 for 42), supported by spin wizard Babar Khan (3 for 38) after paceman Ed Rainsford had made early in-roads, including the dismissal of big-hitting danger-man Christian Jonker LBW for 17.
Set the task of chasing down Walsall’s 189 all out, Chris Cheslin continued his great work with a solid and well organised unbeaten 53, coming in at the fall of the first wicket with the chase already well underway on 56 from 13 overs.
Cheslin was joined by Warwickshire’s Tom Milnes, whose fine innings was cut short on 31, when he was captured LBW having hit the previous delivery for a huge six over long off the previous delivery. It was left to skipper Ostler (42 not out), to see things through with Cheslin, which they did in confident style with many overs to spare.
Berkswell are at home again tomorrow (Saturday 18th August) as they entertain 4th placed Wolverhampton at Meeting House Lane tomorrow. Visitors are always welcome, the game gets underway at midday.