BERKSWELL maintained their challenge for the Birmingham Premier League title by moving into second place in the table after an emphatic eight wicket victory over Worcestershire side Barnt Green.
Having won the toss, home skipper Dominic Ostler invited the visitors to Meeting House Lane to bat first and they lost their first wicket in the fifth over when Sam Cheshire (17) had his off stump removed by Dan Worrall.
Henry Moberley (0) soon followed after being caught behind by Oliver Haley but Will Baker and Tom Banton gradually steadied the ship with a partnership of 76 runs in 18 overs.
However, the introduction of slow left arm spinner Mohammed Ahmed into the attack paid dividends as he had Banton (35) and he also claimed the wicket of Luke Radford (5) with the score at 114.
Having batted purposefully for 32 overs opener Baker (59) was run out by Steven Sandhu to leave Barnt Green on 132 for 5 and the visitor’s batting went into meltdown with the remaining five wickets falling for the addition of only 31 runs.
The Berkswell innings started shakily with Nick James (0) falling early however, Barnt Green were then subjected to a batting masterclass from Mark Best who was ably assisted by Chris Whittock.
Over the course of the next 22 overs, the partnership added 157 runs with Best leading the way with a superb innings that saw his 50 come off 45 balls and his century off 66 balls. The partnership was only broken when Best (114) was caught on the boundary by Banton and the victory came in the 25th over with Whittock and Maddy remaining 46 and 1 not out.