Thursday, 24 June 2021

Berkshire fall short

BERKSHIRE put up a spirited show but it wasn’t quite enough to prevent a 26-run defeat by unbeaten Western Division

BERKSHIRE put up a spirited show but it wasn’t quite enough to prevent a 26-run defeat by unbeaten Western Division leaders WALES at Falkland CC.

Having won the toss, Wales batted first on Sunday and were bowled out for 206, having been 157-5. Monty Singh took 4-77 in a marathon spell of 32.2 overs while Richard Logan claimed 3-27 off 17.

Berkshire’s reply was disappointing, being shot out for 137. Top scorers were James Morris with 33 and Euan Brock with 25, the pair featuring in a fourth-wicket stand of 47.

Wales made 194 in their second innings with Jack Murphy following up his 58 on Sunday with another well-constructed 66.

Singh took three more wickets at a cost of 64, while Matt Carter had figures of 3-30 and Logan 3-41.

Berkshire were left with a target of 264, but they got off to a poor start, losing Harry Stephens for one.

David Barnes and Richard Morris took the total along to 54 before Barnes departed for 34.

Morris was out for 24, and Euan Brock went for 11, leaving Berks on 116-4 at the end of play on Monday.

The final day started badly, with James Morris going for 37 and Logan for a duck. Shelvin Gumbs and Stewart Davison improved their side’s position with a stand of 49 which came to an end when Gumbs was leg before wicket for 34.

Davison was caught behind for 24 to leave Berks 192-8.

But the nine and 10 men, Carter and Singh, raised the home side’s hopes of pulling off a victory.

They lifted the total to 235 before Singh fell to a catch at point, his 30 coming off 47 balls. The match ended two runs later.

Carter, who had made 27 off 83 balls, cracked the ball high towards the leg side boundary and it looked to be heading for a six, until Kieran Bull stuck up his arm to take a fine catch.

Berkshire play Northumberland at Finchampstead in the semi-finals of the MCCA Trophy on Sunday (11am). Admission is free and there is plenty of car parking inside the Memorial Ground.

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