Cricket: Berkswell sprinkle stardust on Premier Division title race

Berkswell skipper Dominic Ostler stands inside the 'V' formed by team mates around him.  Team mates from left to right: Phil Neale; Tom Lewis; Nick James; Mark Best; James Neale; Tom Milnes; Chris Cheslin; Dave Brignull; Darren Maddy.
Berkswell skipper Dominic Ostler stands inside the ‘V’ formed by team mates around him. Team mates from left to right: Phil Neale; Tom Lewis; Nick James; Mark Best; James Neale; Tom Milnes; Chris Cheslin; Dave Brignull; Darren Maddy.

A star-studded Berkswell side containing two former internationals went clear at the top of the Premier Division of the world-famous Birmingham & District League at Meeting House Lane yesterday, despite their game being abandoned due to rain, thanks to bonus points earned whilst dominating their top of the table clash against visitors West Bromwich.

 

Berkswell now stand alone at the head of a league that boasts the best club sides from across Warwickshire, The West Midlands, Worcestershire, Staffordshire and Shropshire.

 

Berkswell’s official scorer Trevor Jordan reports on yesterday’s abandoned game:

Birmingham and District Premier League – Premier Division

Berkswell 80-0 (9 points) v West Bromwich Dartmouth 117 all out (5 points) – (Match abandoned)

 

Birmingham League _ Premier Division table as at Saturday 28th June 2014
Birmingham League Premier Division table as at Saturday 28th June 2014

 

 

 

Berkswell suffered frustration at the end of a great day’s play in their top of the table clash against West Bromwich Dartmouth after the weather intervened to put paid to a certain victory that would have seen the Meeting House Lane side head the league by a considerable margin.

 

Having won the toss Berkswell skipper Dominic Ostler decided to bowl and the decision proved correct as the visitors were reduced to 13 for 2 by the 6th over with Tom Milnes claiming both wickets. When Dave Brignull and Darren Maddy were introduced into the attack Dartmouth had no answer to the experienced campaigners. Brignull claimed a wicket in his first over and another in his third. Whilst Maddy took four overs to claim his first wicket he wasted no time dealing with the Dartmouth middle order and tail who offered little resistance with only Brinder Phagura (15) making double figures. Maddy ended with 5 for 30 off 10 overs to claim the Ye Olde Saracens Head Man of the Match Award. Tom Milnes took 3 for 5 off 3.4 overs and Dave Brignull 2 for 21 off 10.

 

In reply the Berkswell openers James Neale (25 not out) and Mark Best (54 not out) continued their in-form run of opening partnerships and had progressed to 80 for 0 in the 18th over when the heavens opened and play had to be abandoned with the home side just 38 runs short of a well deserved victory.

 

A frustrated Dominic Ostler said: “We did everything except win the game. We bowled brilliantly, restricted them to a low total and were well on the way to a decisive win when the rains came. However, despite the disappointment of not getting the win we are now clear at top the table and can go into Saturday’s match at Kenilworth Wardens in full confidence of achieving a positive result”.

 

Berkswell’s Main Sponsor is Leamington-based Tyler Packaging Ltd and the Club’s match day ball sponsor is Simon Burt The Estate Agent.