Cricket: Premier Division new boys Berkswell claim top spot in fledgling season

Premier Division new boys Berkswell Cricket Club (2011 Div 1 Champions)

Trevor Jordan reports on Berkswell Cricket Club’s remarkable start to their first season in the top flight of the Birmingham Cricket League, with a victory on the road at fancied side Himley, to leapfrog them into top spot in the Premier Division.

 

Birmingham Premier Division

Himley (60 all out)

lost to

Berkswell (145 all out) by 85 runs

 

Another outstanding team display saw Berkswell move to the top of the Birmingham Premier League after a comprehensive eighty five run victory that had skipper Dominic Ostler praising his bowlers:

 

“We bowled magnificently and kept the pressure on them from the first ball”, said victorious skipper Dominic Ostler. “Last week it was Babar Khan and Tom Milnes who did the damage for us, this week it was Chris Cheslin. Ed and Tom got us off to the perfect start with their control early on and then Chris and Babar maintained the stranglehold. Over the last two weeks we’ve proved what an effective bowling outfit we are.”
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Balsall Common charity recruiting for Queen’s Jubilee celebrations

The Balsall Common Lions are finalising plans to put on a giant free party to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on Tuesday 5th June and are now looking for volunteers to help make it a success.

 

There is a wide range of roles which need filling to ensure the smooth operation of the event throughout the day from set up to take down and Lions President Marie-Louise Marsden is keen to hear from anyone who thinks they can help out, even if it’s only for a couple of hours carrying and lifting, serving refreshments, setting up tents, or marshalling cars in the afternoon. The Lions would also be happy to hear from anyone who thinks they’d enjoy a bit of tin shaking to help raise funds for local causes.

 

Although this event is free for visitors to attend, event organisers are hoping to raise funds, all proceeds will be directed back into local community projects.

 
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Cricket: Berkswell braced for top of table clash at Himley

Premier Division new boys Berkswell take an unchanged side to early league leaders Himley tomorrow (Saturday 12th May), meaning former Warwickshire skipper Ian Westwood is available for the testing Birmingham & District League encounter.

 

Berkswell captain Dominic Ostler said:

 

“It’s great news for us that we have both Ian Westwood and Tom Milnes available for the trip, this is a big game for us and a great challenge, where we’ll find out how good we are. We had a great win last week in adverse conditions, it got a bit tight but was a good team effort.”
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Cricket: newly promoted Berkswell throw down early marker with first Premier Division victory

Trevor Jordan reports on Berkswell’s first ever completed fixture in the Birmingham and District League’s Premier Division, a close-fought victory away at Kidderminster, which propelled them to an exciting and unexpectedly early 2nd positioned place:

 

Birmingham League – Premier Division

Kidderminster 95 (all out) v Berkswell 112 (all out)

 

After a washout the previous weekend, Berkswell finally experienced their first ever encounter in the Birmingham and District Premier Division on a damp, green Kidderminster Victoria wicket to came out on top in a dramatic and close fought encounter.

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