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)
The Balsall Common Festival is the ever-expanding annual event staged ‘By the Community for the Community’.
The event – which started life as a fete and Party in the Park as part of the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations in 2012 – aims to generate surplus revenue to put into community projects.
This year’s plans include a wide roster of entertainments, activities, refreshments and shopping, plus Balsall Common’s inaugural Fun Run:
The 2014 event offers:
Fun Run (Lily Mae Foundation)
Live music (marquee and main stage)
Fete and Market
Dog Show (with Mogz and Dogz)
If you feel you have skills to offer, organisers will be happy to hear from you. The team is also looking for sponsorship. For anyone interest in getting involved you are invited to contact event Chairman Craig Burgess in the first instance by emailing:
Third placed Berkswell entertain Birmingham & District League Premier Division Champions Shrewsbury at Meeting House Lane tomorrow with the help of new signing, Pakistan international bowler Tanvir Ahmed. Berkswell skipper and Warwickshire batting legend Dominic Ostler, delighted with last week’s result chasing down a challenging victory total at Walmley, now sees a greater degree of completeness to his squad:
“With our Warwickshire all-rounder Tom Milnes unavailable so far this season, we’ve all felt we’re perhaps a bowler light in the seam bowling department and the arrival of Tanvir gives us a real boost.”
“As reigning Champions we know Shrewsbury will be tough opposition so we’re delighted to have Tanvir on board and a win tomorrow could be huge for us a club.”
Tanvir Ahmed has represented Pakistan in Test Match cricket and One Day Internationals, in a career which has seen him claim over 500 scalps in first-class cricket with his medium-fast bowling.
Both tomorrow’s squads contain a number of current and former professional cricketers, all on show at The Lant on Meeting House Lane in Balsall Common tomorrow from midday. Visitors are welcome on match days free of charge.
Ye Olde Saracens Head Man of the Match Award
Berkswell’s 1st XI compete amongst themselves at all their home games for the Ye Olde Saracens Head Man of the Match Award, the winner of which claims a three course meal for two.
Berkswell’s cricketers travel the short distance to Knowle and Dorridge today, for a hotly anticipated derby clash brim-filled with enticing mini-ecounters, hot on the heels of an opening day victory over Walsall in the Birmingham & District League Premier Division.
Berkswell skipper Dominic Ostler’s squad includes two former Knowle & Dorridge players, both ex-County professionals, in the form of Nick James and Jamie Spires, plus Warwickshire Academy star Mark Best, who comes face to face with older Warwickshire-contracted brother Paul.
The Warwickshire connections in this fixture are seemingly endless on both teams, with skipper Ostler also enjoying the luxury of having Warwickshire batsman Tom Lewis in his upper-middle order. Ostler, himself a former Warwickshire legend, carries a strong side, with the only hints of possible weakness residing in a bowling department which could suffer, should any of the Knowle & Dorridge batsmen get well-set. Dominic and team mates are optimistic nonetheless, after a confidence-building victory over a strong Walsall containing rising Pakistani International star Umar Amin.
The fixture takes on particular meaning for Jamie Spires, returning to the club he skippered for five seasons, including a Premier Division title campaign in 2010, the first in K&D’s history.
Berkswell’s 1st XI today:
Mark Best (Warwickshire Academy)
Nick James (ex Warwickshire and Glamorgan)
Tom Lewis (Warwickshire)
Dominic Ostler (Capt and ex-Warwickshire)
Alex Unsworth (ex-Scotland U19s)
Jamie Spires (ex-Warwickshire)
Phil Neale (wk and former Warwickshire 2nds)
Chris Cheslin (ex-Warwickshire 2nds/ex-Surrey 2nds
Dave Brignull (ex-Leicestershire)
Mohammed Ahmed (Warwickshire Emerging Players – U15s)
Fixture and venue information
Birmingham & District Premier Cricket League – Premier Division
Date: Saturday 3rd May 2014
Format: Limited overs (50 overs-a-side)
Venue: Knowle & Dorridge CC, Station Road, Dorridge, Solihull, West Midlands, B93 8ET
Telephone: 01564 774338
Berkswell announce Main Club Sponsor for 2014 season
Berkswell CC are pleased to announce that last year’s 1st XI sponsors Tyler Packaging have increased their commitment to the club for the 2014 in assuming the role of Main Club Sponsor.
“We’re really proud of our association with what is an increasingly significant player in the global markets, a business whose growth is in many ways a reflection of the progress we’re making as a club here at Berkswell CC.” says Berkswell CC Chairman Pat Milnes.
Youngsters attending Basall Common based Berkswell Cricket Club youth training sessions are enjoying regular access to a number of ex-Warwickshire professional cricketers, including Jamie Spires, Nick James and Warwickshire batting legend and Berkswell Club Captain Dominic Ostler.