Thursday, 24 June 2021

Berkshire storm to second top trophy triumph

BERKSHIRE won the MCCA Trophy for the second time in three seasons when they comprehensively defeated Shropshire by 128 runs

BERKSHIRE won the MCCA Trophy for the second time in three seasons when they comprehensively defeated Shropshire by 128 runs in the final at Wormsley on Wednesday.

Having won the toss, they posted a formidable 284-9 off their 50 overs and bowled out their opponents for 156, having been 127-3 at one stage.

It was a great all-round performance from the side skippered by former Henley player James Morris.

Man of the match was James’ younger brother, Richard, who hit an outstanding 112 off 95 balls with three sixes and 12 fours.

Best support came from Euan Brock with 33, while Henley’s David Barnes made 26, James Morris 24 and there were 16 runs apiece for Harry Stephens and Matt Carter, the latter remaining not out.

The Morris brothers added 57 for the third wicket before Richard and Brock shared a fourth-wicket partnership of 89.

In reply, Shropshire made a steady start, reaching 65 off 12 overs, but then Berkshire secured the breakthrough.

Young seamer Tom Nugent dismissed both the openers Richard Oliver for 34 and Ed Foster for 26.

Shropshire progressed to 127-3 but then the match swung Berkshire’s way in sensational fashion.

Off-spinner Harry Stephens and slow left-armer Brock got to work and five wickets tumbled for the addition of only nine runs with Berkshire bowling out Shropshire for 156 in the 40th over.

Stephens finished with 4-16 off 5.3 overs and Brock 3-38 off 10.

Nugent had 2-14 and the Henley youngster also took a quite magnificent catch at long on to dismiss Tom Cox off the bowling of Brock.

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