Monday, 21 June 2021

Berkshire suffer opening day Unicorns Trophy defeat

BERKSHIRE are still seeking their first win of the season.

BERKSHIRE are still seeking their first win of the season.

A week after losing to Wiltshire in the Marlborough Cup at North Maidenhead, they crashed to a 93-run defeat at the hands of HEREFORDSHIRE in their opening Unicorns Trophy Group 4 game on Sunday.

On a cold day at Colwall, the hosts won the toss and batted first. They lost two early wickets to Henley paceman Tom Nugent and Finchampstead’s Callum Gregory, but useful contributions from the middle-order batsmen, particularly skipper David Exall, saw the home side recover to 188-5 with eight of their 50 overs remaining.

Exall was caught by James Morris off the bowling of Slough’s Waqas Hussain when just two short of his half-century.

Herefordshire moved on to 222-7, but then lost their three wickets in the 48th over, with spinner Chris Peploe (Ealing) trapping the last two batsmen lbw with successive deliveries.

Some of the Berkshire bowling was wayward, and that saw them give away 43 extras, 22 of them coming from wides.

In reply, the Berkshire innings never really got going. They were 48-3, which included 22 from Henley’s Michael Roberts, and the visitors lost three more wickets in quick succession to leave them 64-6.

Henley’s Euan Brock (19) and Peploe (15) added 31 for the seventh wicket, while 30 more runs came from the tail-enders before Berkshire were all back in the pavilion for a disappointing 129. There were four wickets apiece for Dave Ball and Mohammed Pardesi.

“It was a disappointing result,” admitted skipper James Morris. “The defeat was hard to take as we went into the game in a good frame of mind, thinking we were going to get the right kind of result.

“We didn’t bat as well as we should have done. Robbo (Michael Roberts) and Rich (Richard Morris) were both out to good balls, but others made wrong decisions at the wrong time.”

There could be changes to the Berkshire team with Henley players being involved. Wicketkeeper Stewart Davison (shoulder) and allrounder Matt Carter (back) will be considered if they have recovered from injury, while club colleague Gurveer Singh could be recalled after being left out of the side last Sunday.

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