Monday, 21 June 2021

Nugent shines with bat and ball

BERKSHIRE made it two Unicorns Counties Championship wins in a row when they easily accounted for

BERKSHIRE made it two Unicorns Counties Championship wins in a row when they easily accounted for WILTSHIRE at Corsham.

Having led by 123 runs on the first innings, they made 259 in their second visit to the crease to set their hosts a daunting task of 383 to win.

But Berkshire shot out Wiltshire for just 206 in 52 overs to seal a 176-run victory before lunch on Tuesday.

They dominated the game apart from the opening half-hour on Sunday when they lost their first three wickets for just 11 runs.

Skipper James Morris led a spirited recovery by making 80 with good support coming from Chris Peploe (59) and Andy Rishton (34). They were eventually all out for 273 off 72.3 overs.

Six batsmen were dismissed leg before wicket to follow up the eight decisions given against them in one innings against Oxfordshire at Henley two weeks ago.

Henley paceman Tahir Afridi was the pick of the Wiltshire bowlers, taking 4-52 off 18 overs.

And it was club colleague Tom Nugent who took the bowling honours for Berkshire.

The young paceman captured 5-52 — his best figures for the county — as Wiltshire were shot out for 150, leaving Berkshire with a healthy lead of 123.

That advantage was extended as the visitors moved on to 177-9 in their second innings, having been 103-2.

Nugent then stepped up and, with some stiff resistance also coming from debutant Ali Raja (8), another 82 runs were added for the last wicket.

Nugent, who was named man-of-the-match, finished unbeaten on 70, which came off 75 balls and in the same number of minutes. He hit one six and 12 fours.

Raja was run out for eight after the Slough spinner had denied Wiltshire for 66 minutes.

Wiltshire were left needing 383 to win, but were always struggling against the Berkshire attack. They stumbled to 94-5 and 114-7 but there was some resistance from the lower order and they finally finished on 206.

Berkshire’s next game is against Shropshire at Falkand on July 5 to 7.

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