BERKSHIRE hotted up their bid to win the Unicorns Championship Western Division title with a six-wicket
BERKSHIRE hotted up their bid to win the Unicorns Championship Western Division title with a six-wicket win over SHROPSHIRE at Shifnal this week.
After taking a first-innings lead of 103, they dismissed their previously unbeaten hosts for 193 in their second innings, leaving them needing 91 to win.
They lost Waqas Hussain for seven, Richard Morris for 28 and James Morris for a second-ball duck — all to lbw decisions with Alex Wyatt the bowler.
Ollie Wilkin was bowled by David Wainwright for 11 and Berkshire were 60-4. However, there were no more alarm bells with Finchampstead duo Andy Rishton (26) and Billy Rogers (20) guiding their side home just before the lunch interval on Tuesday.
In another solid team performance, Berkshire bowled out the home side for 209 on Sunday with Matt Carter taking 4-42 and Tom Nugent 3-74.
Berkshire lost their first four wickets for 80 before James Morris and Rishton lifted the total to 134. But in the final session on day one, the skipper fell for 35, Stewart Davison for a duck and Carter for one, with Alex Wyatt the chief destroyer.
At the start of the second day, the game looked fairly evenly balanced, but that all changed as Rishton and Chris Peploe took the total from 143-7 to 250 in 32 overs, their partnership of 110 coming to an end when Peploe was lbw for 69.
Rishton and Tom Nugent added another 46 runs before Rishton was also lbw on 92.
Berkshire’s all out total of 312 meant a useful lead of 103.
They continued to dominate the day and quickly made inroads into Shropshire’s second innings.
Nugent was first to strike and when Waqas Hussain took two wickets in his first over, the hosts were shaking on 28-3.
The remaining batsmen did offer some resistance but six wickets went down before wiping out their deficit and they finished the day on 146-6. They were eventually all out for 193, with Nugent returning figures of 4-59 and Peploe 3-46.
Berkshire went on to secure victory in the 19th over, taking 74 minutes to reach their target.
It was their third win in four games with two fixtures remaining, the next being away to Cornwall starting on July 31.
Berkshire lie second in the table to Cornwall, who took over top spot from Shropshire, now down to third but still very much in the title race.