Thursday, 17 June 2021

Henley’s Barnes amongst the runs

BERKSHIRE produced a good all-round team performance to beat STAFFORDSHIRE by 76 runs at Himley on Sunday.

BERKSHIRE produced a good all-round team performance to beat STAFFORDSHIRE by 76 runs at Himley on Sunday.

It was their first win in their second Group 4 game and, with two matches still to play, puts them in contention for the knockout stages.

Put in to bat, Berkshire posted 275-8 in their 50 overs.

Shelvin Gumbs top scored with 78, made off just 56 balls, while Richard Logan remained unbeaten on 51 from 47 deliveries. The pair put on 128 for the sixth wicket.

David Barnes and Harry Stephens, playing his first competitive game for the county, both contributed 35.

Logan then had Staffordshire opener Kadeer Ali caught behind by Stewart Davison to the first ball of the innings.

The hosts recovered to 171-5, but they lost their last five wickets for 28 runs and were all out for 199 in the 42nd over.

Logan finished with 3-22, while spinners Euan Brock took 3-42 and Gurveer Singh 2-46.

Skipper James Morris said: “After losing to Dorset two weeks ago I said we had the character to bounce back and I think we proved that on Sunday.

“There were a couple of occasions in that game when had we not shown that character then the game would probably have gone away from us.

“But Shelvin batted beautifully and his partnership with Logie got us to about 30 (runs) above par for us on that wicket.

“We then bowled well as a unit and that set us up for what was a pretty convincing victory in the end.

“It was a must win game for us and we’re delighted to have got that first win under our belt.”

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