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Keath creates Birmingham League cricket history

Solihull Editorial 22nd Jul, 2015 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

KNOWLE & DORRIDGE batsman Alex Keath smashed what is believed to be the biggest score in Birmingham League history.

The Australian all-rounder blasted 246 from 165 balls against Premier Division table-toppers Berkswell at Station Road on Saturday.

League officials confirmed Keath’s innings is the highest individual score since the league was reformed in 1998 and is believed to be the best of all time since the competition was founded in 1888.

Despite his innings, which included 29 fours and 11 sixes, Keath was unable to celebrate victory as Berkswell held on for a draw.

K&D piled up 374-8 in 55 overs with Dominic Harding adding 59 in a 146-run partnership with Keath for the second wicket.

Unsurprisingly, there were some expensive bowling figures. Former K&D man Nick James picked up 4-103 from 17 overs, while Tom Milnes, who played a prominent role earlier in the week in Warwickshire’s County Championship victory over Durham, took 3-110 in 13 overs.

In reply, Berkswell scored 242-6 as skipper Dominic Ostler hit a patient unbeaten 106 from 130 balls which included 15 fours and a six. Opener Mark Best made 35 off 27 balls.

The best of the K&D bowlers was Jack Grundy with 3-43.

K&D move into third in the table, eight points behind Berkswell. K&D entertain Barnt Green on Saturday.

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