BERKSHIRE made an outstanding start to their Minor Counties Championship fixtures by beating Dorset with more than a day to
BERKSHIRE made an outstanding start to their Minor Counties Championship fixtures by beating Dorset with more than a day to spare.
They posted a formidable 90-over total of 369-6 in their first innings and then bowled out Dorset for 124 and then 207 to win by an innings and 38 runs.
There were many highlights of the game at Henley on Sunday and Monday.
Day one saw Harry Stephens hammer 153 in his first championship game.
Skipper James Morris grafted hard for 82 runs while also sharing in a fourth-wicket stand of 148. Richard Logan added 63 not out off 71 balls to leave Berkshire in a very strong position.
Opening bowler Logan then strengthened his side’s grip on the match by taking 6-37 off 16 overs.
Matt Carter weighed in with 3-21 off 13 overs as Dorset were dismissed in 44 overs for 124, a massive deficit of 245.
With Berkshire enforcing the follow on, Carter collected his fourth successive wicket by having Dorset opener Charlie Esson caught by Simon Macey for just one in the second innings.
Aaron Williams and Masoor Khan looked to be leading a spirited Dorset fight-back by taking the total to 113, but that came to an end when Khan was caught by Logan for 37 off the bowling of Gurveer Singh.
The Henley spinner, known as Monty, had conceded 15 runs in his first two overs after struggling to find his rhythm. So the left-armer spent the lunch interval practising by himself in the nets.
His dedication was rewarded as he ended up with 4-68 off 19 overs.