27th May, 2019

Berkswell CC blitz Barnt Green; attempt to make it five wins from five against West Bromwich

Ben Tyler 15th May, 2019

BERKSWELL made it a fourth straight win in Birmingham & District Premier Division One after storming to a 158-run win over Barnt Green.

Tom Lewis hit a majestic unbeaten century (101), hitting six fours and eight over the boundary from just 79 balls faced, whilst Thomas Milne’s 5-33 helped Berkswell’s cause significantly – as Green were bowled all out for 92.

Barnt Green elected to field after winning the toss, and initially found success, taking out Ateeq Javid at 4-1, whilst Daniel Mousley (2) followed soon after.

Opener Danial Chaudhry (20) was caught out by Edward Pollock, as Berkswell sat on 41-3, with runs slowly but surely beginning to stream through on a consistent basis.

Chris Whittock added 22 before being caught by Andrew Sutton from the bowling of Neylan Chauhan – his second wicket – whilst Nick James was dismissed at 98-5 after hitting 29.

From there, Barnt Green were subjected to a batting masterclass by Lewis.

Milnes helped form a 28-run partnership with the aforementioned batsman prior to being dismissed in the 34th over, bringing Richard Jones (42) to the crease.

The pairing of Lewis and Jones wreaked havoc upon the Barnt Green fielders, regularly hitting powerful strokes, with Lewis finding 50 off 56 balls, whilst Jones added regular runs in support.

Lewis’ second half-century took just 22 balls to achieve, a remarkable run-rate which took the partnership between the two to 124 runs from the final ten overs.

Jones was caught behind by wicket-keeper William Baker from the final ball of the innings, leaving the hosts with a monumental target of 251 to chase.

Green started positively, with opening batsman Pollock hitting 33, despite fellow opener Zain Ul-Hassan (1) going at 16-1.

Pollock’s game was eventually brought to an end in the seventh over, after being caught by Dominic Ostler with Barnt Green on 42-2, which ultimately served as the beginning of the end for the host’s chances of winning.

Dominic Harding (9) was next to go, caught by Whittock at slip, before Tom Brown (13) went for an lbw at 63-4.

Warwickshire and England bowler Olly Stone was then dismissed in the 14th over after just one run, whilst Baker (0) went in the 15th to leave the hosts on 64-6.

The collapse continued when Sutton (3) was taken by Milnes, with Darrel Williams also heading to the pavilion from his first ball faced.

Chauhan (2) and Rheedyi Amin (22) were the last to go, handing Berkswell a commanding win, ahead of hosting West Bromwich Dartmouth on Saturday (12pm).

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