BERKSWELL extended their lead at the top of the Birmingham & District Premier Division One, following an 87-run victory away to Kenilworth Wardens.
It was Berkswell’s first maximum-points victory of the season, building their lead to 32 points, after hitting 287-6 from their innings and dismissing the Wardens for 200 in 51 overs.
The visitors impressed at the crease, with Tom Milnes notably hitting an unbeaten 66, whilst Daniel Mousley (58) and Nick James (46) were also effective against the league’s basement side.
James Sykes took 4-77, but it did not prove enough to put a halt to Berkswell’s potency with the bat.
Kenilworth lost openers Tom Brammer (9) and Nick Seager (9) at 23-2, prior to Finn McCreath and Harry Johnson forming a 48-run partnership, before McCreath was caught out by Dominic Ostler.
Johnson went on to hit 66 before being bowled by Nick James, the first of three wickets he claimed for 72 runs conceded.
Meanwhile, Richard Jones (3-22) was the most economical bowler for Berkswell, taking the final two wickets as the Wardens were all out for 200.
Berkswell host Knowle & Dorridge in the Twenty20 Challenge Cup on Wednesday evening, prior to welcoming promoted Kidderminster (12 noon) to Meeting House Lane on Saturday.
Elsewhere, Berkswell Seconds claimed a 76-run victory against Wishaw in Warwickshire County Cricket League Division 3, bowling out the visitors with the final ball of the game.
Berkswell went into bat first after winning the toss and lost Nicholas Bland (13) at 27-1, but promptly reached 193 runs before losing top-scorer Mohammmed Ahmed (100) – who was dismissed shortly after reaching a century.
Jonathan Coleman (56) and Awais Mohammed (52) were also in fine form, hitting half-centuries, en route to finishing on 307-9.
In reply for Wishaw, Thomas Caulfield top-scored with 54, whilst 38 extras atoned for Wishaw’s second-highest source of runs, with Keith Rondeau adding 35 as Wishaw’s second-best batsman.
Nigel Perry-Ogden claimed 3-32 for Berkswell, but it was Ahmed who claimed the match-winning wicket – dismissing Daniel Billingham (0) with the final ball.
They next visit Pickwick Post & Mail on Saturday (12:30pm).