Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Captain returns for crunch encounter

SKIPPER James Morris returns to the Berkshire side for their crucial Unicorns Championship match against Shropshire

SKIPPER James Morris returns to the Berkshire side for their crucial Unicorns Championship match against Shropshire at Shifnal Cricket Club starting on Sunday.

School commitments prevented the teacher missing the 211-run win over Cheshire at Falkland last week when brother Richard stepped up from vice-captain.

Opening bat Waqas Hussain has recovered from injury and returns to the side.

Michael Roberts, who is working, and Martin Andersson, on duty with Middlesex 2nds, drop out after playing against Cheshire.

It is a vital game for Berkshire as they cannot afford to lose if they hope to overhaul Shropshire in the race for the Western Division title.



Shropshire have won all three games so far and hold a 11-point lead over second-placed Berkshire, who have two wins out of three with their other game being abandoned following rain.

Last week Shropshire replaced Cornwall at the top of the table by beating them by four wickets at Bridgnorth with David Wainwright their man-of-the-match.

The 31-year-old former Derbyshire and Yorkshire left-arm spinner took seven wickets in the game, while making scores of 46 and 80 not out.

The Berkshire squad is as follows: Ollie Wilkin (Ealing), Waqas Hussain (Slough), Richard Morris (Henley), Billy Rogers (Finchampstead), James Morris (Datchet), Andy Rishton (Finchampstead), Chris Peploe (Datchet), Stewart Davison (Henley), Matt Carter (Finchampstead), Tom Nugent (Henley), Ali Akbar (Slough), Mark Firth (Boyne Hill).



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