Sunday, 20 June 2021

Berkshire through to last eight

HENLEY spin ace Gurveer Singh believes BERKSHIRE can reach the final of the MCCA Trophy after helping them into the

HENLEY spin ace Gurveer Singh believes BERKSHIRE can reach the final of the MCCA Trophy after helping them into the quarter-finals with an eight-run win over WALES MINOR COUNTIES at The Mumbles on Sunday.

Berks joined Wales on the six-point mark, but won Group 4 with a superior run rate.

Their reward is a tie against Cornwall at Falkland CC (Newbury) on June 16 and, should they qualify, they will also have home advantage in the semi-finals.

After the Wales game, Singh said: “This was a brilliant win and I believe we can go all the way now. We are a young side and getting better all the time. There is a very good spirit in the squad.”

That was certainly shown against Wales after they had made a dreadful start with Henley’s in-form batsman David Barnes being caught off the very first ball of the game.

Former Henley players James Morris and Euan Brock were also dismissed for a duck, and half the side were out for 43.

But player-coach Richard Logan led a spirited recovery by making 57 with good support coming from Henley wicketkeeper Stewart Davison with 22. Club colleague Tom Nugent added 15 runs which were to prove invaluable in the final reckoning. The Berkshire innings ended at 177, a commendable achievement considering their bad start.

Teenage paceman Nugent made an even bigger impact with the ball, taking four wickets for 44 off his 10 overs.

Skipper Morris said: “He was very hostile. He looked capable of taking a wicket with virtually every delivery.

“We bowled and fielded very well with Stewie making three excellent dismissals behind the wicket.”

Wales were all out for 169, with opener Rhodri Evans top scoring with 43.

Henley host Berkshire’s first three-day championship match of the season when they play Dorset, starting on Sunday at 11am. They will be forced to make several changes to the side due to university commitments.

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