Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Roberts’ knock not enough as side lose out in quarter finals

BERKSHIRE crashed out of the Unicorns Counties Trophy after losing to CORNWALL by seven wickets in

BERKSHIRE crashed out of the Unicorns Counties Trophy after losing to CORNWALL by seven wickets in their quarter-final tie at Truro on Sunday.

They made a promising start on a cloudy morning and looked on course for a decent total when reaching 142-3 after 36 overs, but they slumped to 174 all out in the next 13 overs.

Michael Roberts made 51 off 80 balls, Simon Macey 37 (79) and skipper James Morris 16 (39), but no other batsman managed to reach double figures, while extras contributed 28 runs.

Director of cricket Danny Hall said: “The toss was important and we were unfortunate to lose it, as it meant we were put into bat on a damp wicket.

“The ball kept low and there was no pace and quite a lot of turn which made batting fairly difficult. Having said that, we did get into a good position with just three wickets down, but it was still difficult to force the pace and we lost wickets in the last 15 overs in trying to push the score along.”

All the six bowlers used by the hosts took at least one wicket apiece, with Christian Purchase (3-35) the most successful. Eight wickets fell to spinners.

When Cornwall replied, they lost an early wicket to Tom Nugent (1-27) but a second-wicket stand of 57 in just under 14 overs put the West Country men on the road to victory.

Hall, a former Cornwall player, added: “The heavy roller used between innings took any spite out of the wicket and as it dried out it became easier to bat on. Cornwall were not under any pressure at any time in scoring the runs required for victory.”

Henley’s Matt Rowe made 46 against a Berkshire side that included four of his club colleagues. The Truro-born off-spinner had earlier taken 2-34 off 10 overs, including trapping Roberts lbw.

Euan Brock, the Henley all-rounder, was forced to drop out of the side shortly before the start after failing a fitness test following his hamstring injury.

Spinners Chris Peploe (1-38) and Harry Stephens (1-45) picked up a wicket apiece, but they could not dislodge Antony Angove and his excellent innings of 73 not out off 83 balls saw the Duchy cruise home at 177-3 with more than 10 overs to spare.

The other not out batsman was Scott Harvey with 22 on his home ground, the wicketkeeper having earlier taken four catches. Cornwall will be away to Hertfordshire in the semi-finals.

Berkshire return to Unicorns Championship action on Sunday when they play Wiltshire at Corsham CC.

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