HENLEY batsman David Barnes offered no excuses after BERKSHIRE had been crushed by CHESHIRE by 196 runs in their minor counties championship match at Finchampstead this week.
“They played better cricket than we did,” admitted the county’s vice captain. “Our bowling unit fought very hard, but the batting in the first innings let us down.”
Berkshire were bowled out for 251 as they replied to Cheshire’s 390-8, of which opener Warren Goodwin made 191.
“From then on we were always chasing the game,” added Barnes, who was joined in the Berkshire team by Henley team-mates Stewart Davison, Tom Nugent and Gurveer Singh.
Cheshire made 173-6 declared in their second innings, to set Berkshire a target of 313.
They moved to 47-1 but then collapsed to 119 all out. They were destroyed by left-arm spinner Daniel Woods, who took 8-38 off 20.1 overs. He trapped five batsmen leg before wicket and finished off with two catches off his own bowling. Woods took 13 wickets in the match, two more than he had last season when Cheshire defeated Berkshire at Nantwich.
It was Cheshire’s fourth win in as many championship games. They have the same record as Western Division leaders Shropshire, who are Berkshire’s next opponents, but Shropshire are 10 out of 10 in all competitions this season. The game is at Whitchurch on August 4 to 6.
Barnes said: “We will be looking to bounce back. We have already done it once this season, and we will be looking to do so again. But they (Shropshire) will be tough opponents.”