A STUNNING display by Berkswell’s bowlers ensured that they extend their lead at the top of Birmingham & District Premier Division One following a ten-run victory over second-placed Shrewsbury.
Berkswell were bowled out for 182 from 52 overs, but responded to dismiss the visitors for 172 with four balls remaining.
Opener Danial Chaudhry (6) was lost early on when trapped lbw by George Garrett, before the hosts slumped to 55-6 after a mini-revival between Mohammed Ahmed (33) and Chris Whittock (10).
Awais Mohammed (2), Nick James (0) and Milnes (0) were all lost cheaply, while Tom Lewis (13) was caught by Llyr Thomas off a Mike Barnard delivery before he could strike up any real momentum at the crease.
Sam Ellis (6-29) remained a thorn in the side of the hosts throughout, but
But an eighth-wicket partnership of 69 between skipper Dominic Ostler (23) and Richard Jones (73no) helped put Berkswell back on track, proving a huge turning point in the contest.
Ostler was gone at 144-8, but Grant Thornton (15) and Jones helped take the hosts to their eventual winning score of 182.
Shrewsbury similarly stumbled in reply, when sitting on a 57-3 scoreline after the dismissals of Will Parton (7), Rhodri Evans (13) and Thomas (1).
The quartet of Milnes (2-54), Jones (3-43), Thornton (2-12) and David Brignull (2-16) shared the wickets between themselves, helping limit Shrewsbury’s batsmen to minimal totals throughout the innings.
Thornton took a key dismissal when bowling Foster lbw at 71-4, before Shrews collapsed to 129-7 after losing Matthew Swift (12), Peter Clark (8) and Asharn Hodge (28).
Tailenders Tyler Ibbotson (12) and Sam Ellis (22) offered some late hope with their tallies, but they did not have enough in the tank to overcome the league leaders.
Thornton then caught Mike Barnard (7) off Jones’ ball to ensure a maximum-points victory for Berkswell.
Berkswell hope to extend their unbeaten league streak to 13 games when visiting Smethwick on Saturday (noon).