BERKSWELL Cricket Club edged their way to a 10-run win against a Shrewsbury side containing Worcestershire CCC captain Joe Leach, after their original total of 219-9 was reduced to 130 following a DLS rule.
The win puts them joint-top of Birmingham & District Premier Division One after two games played, in a game that was played in unfavourable weather conditions.
Berkswell lost the toss and were forced to bat on the slick surface, losing four of the top order to Leach – who took two wickets for 11 runs, and Mike Barnard – taking two from 16.
Ateeq Javid (2) and Daniel Chaudhry (10) were joined by Dan Mousley (5) and Chris Whittock (4) in the pavilion with a scoreline of 24-4 on the board.
But the 68-run partnership between Nick James (21) and Tom Lewis took Berkswell back on track, prior to the former being caught out by Sam Ellis.
Seventh batsman Richard Jones was dismissed for an lbw after one run from six balls faced, leaving the visitors on 97-6.
Thankfully for Berkswell, up stepped Tom Milnes to relieve the pressure, hitting 74 runs from just 60 balls faced – including nine against the boundary and two sixes.
Mohammmed Ahmed was caught after three runs, but Dominic Ostler took 32 runs unbeaten prior to Milnes being bowled out on the last ball.
Shrewsbury were making good pace for the 220 total, hitting 54 after 11 overs, before opener Rob Foster’s dismissal for an lbw – the first of four wickets taken by Javid.
Will Parton departed in similar fashion, before run suspended play for 90 minutes.
The Duckworth-Lewis-Stern ruling came into play, and provided the hosts with a 130 target total from the remaining nine overs.
Leach’s dismissal badly hampered hopes of a Shrewsbury win, after hitting 32 runs, with the hosts eventually taking 119-7 from their 25 overs to hand Berskwell the win.
Swell return this Saturday (12 noon) to Meeting House Lane for a fixture against Smethwick – who had their match against Barnt Green at the weekend abandoned.