BERKSWELL’S prospects of an unbeaten campaign in Birmingham & District Premier Division One are up in smoke, after a shock two-wicket defeat at the hands of neighbours Knowle & Dorridge.
The loss in the penultimate game of the season came a week after a below-par win against Walsall, with the champions again unable to put together a convincing total when dismissed for just 121.
Visitors K&D, buoyed by the prospect of being the first side to beat Dominic Ostler’s men in the league this season, lost eight wickets but still claimed a victory with over 13 overs to spare.
Daniel Mousley’s (0) dismissal from the tenth ball foreshadowed Swell’s ineptitude at the crease for the remainder of the afternoon, with the hosts then slipping to 45-6.
Bowler Jack Grundy (3-16) took full advantage of the hosts’ struggles, with only Chris Whittock (13) and Nick James (11) able to reach double figures from the top order.
Number six Mohammed Ahmed (34) did at least provide some much-needed momentum, though his partnership of 43 with Grant Thornton (8) was ultimately short lived.
Scrambling their way over the 100-run mark, skipper Ostler (17) added some useful runs as one of the tailender batsman, prior to being the final dismissal from the last ball of the 41st over.
In reply, Knowle & Dorridge similarly struggled to build momentum, with Thomas Milnes (2-46) and David Brignull (2-29) both taking a couple of wickets each as the visitors struggled on a 63-6 score.
Inspiration was needed to lead K&D to victory, and it was number eight Jack Grundy (27) that provided it.
Together with unbeaten Nick Sale (17no), the pair put on a stand of 22, before the latter ensured the surprise win.
Berkswell can mark the defeat as a mere blemish on their season, provided they can see off Moseley at Streetsbrook Road on Saturday (noon).