Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Big-hitting Woods helps fire Berks into trophy last eight

Big-hitting Woods helps fire Berks into trophy last eight

BERKSHIRE will meet Suffolk in the quarter-finals of the Unicorns Trophy at Falkland Cricket Club on
June 11.

They earned a home tie by winning all four of their
Group 1 games, cementing top spot with a comfortable 131-run victory over DORSET at Perrott last Sunday.

Put in to bat, Berkshire posted a formidable 307-8 in their 50 overs and then bowled out their hosts for 176.

The in-form Euan Wood, now batting at number three, top scored with 70 off 96 balls, while skipper James Morris made 52 off 67. They put on 80 for the fourth wicket in 17 overs.

But the most entertaining innings of the game came from big-hitting Chris Peploe, who smashed 55 off just 23 deliveries with five sixes and three boundaries. The club’s professional is setting his sights on reaching his first Minor Counties century this season. Peploe and Morris added 60 for the sixth wicket in five overs and, with Stewart Davison needing just 11 balls to reach 21, Berkshire piled on 107 runs in the last 10 overs of their innings.

That put the game out of Dorset’s reach and, though opener Gordon Whorlow made 50 it came off 96 balls as the batsmen became bogged down. Berkshire used six bowlers and all took a wicket or two.

All in all, it was a straight-forward victory as Berkshire maintained their 100-per-cent record for the season.

Skipper James Morris commented: “Obviously, we are all very happy to win our group with four wins from four and reach the quarter-finals.

“I was very pleased how we played. We did an excellent job with both bat and ball.

“It was great to see Ali Akbar bowl well with his left-arm spin on his return to the side. It shows the depth of talent we have in the squad.”

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