Cricket: Berkswell slump to defeat in league opener

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Trevor Jordan reports on an early disappointment for Berkswell in their Birmingham & District Premier Division league-season opener against Herefordshire visitors Brockhampton.

 

Berkswell 117-9 v Brockhampton 139-8

Berkswell’s opening match of the new Premier league season ended in defeat with the Meeting House Lane outfit losing by 22 runs to Herefordshire side Brockhampton.

 

In a game reduced by the weather to 25 overs per side, Berkswell skipper Dominic Ostler won the toss and asked the visitors to bat first. Chris Cheslin’s excellent opening spell (3-16) saw him put Brockhampton’s big-name players back in the pavilion with less than 50 runs on the board. Cheslin, ably supported by bowlers Tom Lewis, Sultan Khan (1-17), Aditya Rai (2-30), and Steven Parker (2-30), had the visitors in trouble at 98 for 7 in the 23rd over. Ollie Cross (55no) had other ideas however and an impressive hitting display saw Brockhampton add an impressive 41 runs in the last 2 overs to finish on a total of 139 for 8.

 

In reply Berkswell openers Phil Neale (16) and Jack Cornick (19) looked at ease and had moved the score to 37 in the 9th over when Neale was bowled by Chris Buroughs. Berkswell were keeping up with the necessary run rate and Tom Lewis (40) followed up some decent looking pre-season knocks with more good early season form. However, despite keeping up with the run rate, the steady loss of wickets, to some poor shots, put pressure on the hosts and the demise of skipper Ostler (8) proved crucial. With the run rate increasing and overs running out, the task proved too much for the Berkswell tailenders and the side ended their 25 overs on 117-9.

 

A disappointed Ostler said:

 

“Having done the hard work, we let Brockhampton off the hook in the last couple of overs and the runs they put on then proved to be the difference. We did well to remove their most potent batsmen early on to put us in a strong position, but then, having got off to a good start ourselves when batting, we let things slip away from us. For some of us our shot selection could have been better, but we’ll put this slip up behind us and go to West Brom Dartmouth on Saturday full of confidence in the knowledge that we beat them only a couple of weeks ago.”

 

Berkswell travel to West Bromwich Dartmouth near the Hawthorns on Saturday for a 12 noon start.

 

Berkswell Cricket Club also recorded their thanks to Sephton Chartered Accountants who renewed their sponsorship deal for 2013.

 

Berkswell Cricket Club is also looking for new youth cricketers to join them for training on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Under 8s – Under 12s train on Tuesdays from 6:30-8pm at the club’s Meeting House Lane ground. The Under 13s through to Under 17s train on Thursday evenings from 6:30-8pm. The coaching is delivered in proud association with the highly accomplished Complete Cricket coaching consultancy.