Monday, 21 June 2021

Berkshire second best in Marlborough Cup

BERKSHIRE skipper James Morris is confident the errors made by his team in their 11–run defeat

BERKSHIRE skipper James Morris is confident the errors made by his team in their 11–run defeat by WILTSHIRE will not be repeated when they get down to the more serious business of the Unicorns Trophy which starts on Sunday away to Herefordshire.

The county bowled and fielded well in their Marlborough Cup match at North Maidenhead CC to dismiss their visitors for 213, but they were then let down by some indifferent batting and were all out for 202.

“We were disappointed not to have won the game, particularly after being in a good position at times,” said Morris, who was his side’s top scorer with 60.

“I think nine times out of 10 we would have won.

“We made mistakes, but it is better to make them in a game like this rather than in the trophy or championship.

“We spoke about them in the dressing room and hopefully they will not be repeated this weekend and beyond.

“Some of the batsmen’s shot selections could have been better. It looked as if they were looking to finish it (the game) a bit quickly when we had time on our side, so that was a bit frustrating.

“But there were still plenty of positives to come out of the game. We fielded well and took our catches.

“Three bowlers took three wickets with Peps (Chris Peploe) bowling well on his return to the side.

“Young Callum Gregory also did well in his second spell having earlier had a bit of a tough time bowling into the wind at the start.”

Along with spinner Peploe (3–23), the others to take three wickets were Tom Nugent (3–34) and Waqas Hussain (3–46).

Nugent’s first came from the opening delivery of the day, with James Morris taking the catch in the slips to dismiss Tom Morton after Wiltshire had been put into bat.

Nugent also got the other opener, Ed Kilbee, caught by Michael Roberts for four with the total on 31.

But Uzi Qureshi then provided a solid backbone to the Wiltshire innings, being involved in stands of 58, 24 and 35 before being fifth man out with the total on 148–5. His innings of 71 (1–6, 9–4s) came to an end in spectacular fashion. He hammered Euan Brock’s delivery high towards the mid–wicket boundary. The tall Peploe stretched up to push the ball in front of him as he stepped over the rope and then went forward to complete a superb catch.

Hussain then helped to finish off the Wiltshire innings by taking two wickets with successive deliveries in the 44th over.

In reply, Berkshire lost both openers, Michael Roberts and David Barnes, for four runs each, and the dismissal of Richard Morris for 26 left them three down for 39.

James Morris and Hussain lifted the total to 119 before the latter was out for 37. Morris and Steve Naylor added 48 runs for the fifth wicket, which saw the end of Morris for 60, which came off 90 balls and included seven boundaries.

Naylor was out shortly afterwards for 23 and the last four wickets went down for the addition of only 11 runs, which included a six from Nugent.

Berkshire are likely to retain the same 12 for their opening Unicorns Trophy group match against Herefordshire at Colwall on Sunday. That means Reading wicket–keeper Sukhi Kang will again replace Henley’s Stewart Davison, who had dislocated his right shoulder when playing for Tonbridge School old boys against Sevenoaks in the final of a 10–a–side rugby tournament at Twickenham.

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