Birmingham Premier League
Berkswell 80-0 v West Bromwich Dartmouth 117
IT was a day of frustration for Berkswell in their top of the table clash against West Bromwich Dartmouth after the weather intervened to put paid to a certain victory that would have seen the Meeting House Lane side head the league by a considerable margin.
Having won the toss Berkswell skipper Dominic Ostler decided to bowl and the decision proved correct as the visitors were reduced to 13 for 2 by the 6th over with Tom Milnes claiming the wickets. When Dave Brignull and Darren Maddy were introduced into the attack Dartmouth had no answer to the experienced campaigners. Brignull taking a wicket in his first over and then another in his third although it took Maddy four overs before he took his first wicket. The loss of these wickets left the visitors on 85 for 5 and this was soon to be 87 for 6 when Maddy picked up his second wicket in his same fourth over. Thereafter the Dartmouth middle order and tail offered little resistance with only Brinder Phagura (15) making double figures whilst Maddy picked up another three wickets and Milnes one as the visitors were shot out for 117 in 34.4 overs. Maddy ending up with 5 for 30 off 10 overs; Milnes 3 for 5 off 3.4; and Brignull 2 for 21 off 10.
In reply the Berkswell openers James Neale (25 not out) and Mark Best (54 not out) continued their in-form run of opening partnerships and had progressed to 80 for 0 in the 18th over when the heavens opened and play had to be abandoned with the home side just 38 runs short of a well deserved victory.
A frustrated Dominic Ostler said: “We did everything except win the game. We bowled brilliantly, restricted them to a low total and were well on the way to a decisive win when the rains came. However, despite the disappointment of not getting the win we are now clear at top the table and can go into Saturday’s match at Kenilworth Wardens in full confidence of achieving a positive result.”