Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Henley duo help Berks keep title hopes alive

BERKSHIRE crushed CHESHIRE by 177 runs to keep their Western Division title hopes alive.

BERKSHIRE crushed CHESHIRE by 177 runs to keep their Western Division title hopes alive.

They remain second in the table behind Oxfordshire, who hammered Cornwall this week, going into the final round of matches.

Berkshire must beat Dorset at Bournemouth and hope that Oxon slip up against Wiltshire. Both games start a week on Sunday, August 16.

Chris Peploe took 10 wickets and Henley’s Tom Nugent eight in the match at Alderley Edge that finished on Tuesday.

But it was another fine team effort as Berkshire extended their unbeaten record in the Unicorns Counties Championship to five games with three wins and two draws. Last season, they failed to win any of their six fixtures.



The game did not start too well for them on Sunday, as they slumped to 109-7, but Henley’s Stewart Davison scored 54 not out and with good support from Matt Carter (19) and Nugent (12) they recovered to finish on 213.

Berkshire then shot out their hosts for 119 with the wickets being shared by Peploe with 5-25 and Nugent 5-51. The visitors then took a stranglehold on the game by making 308-8 in their second innings.

Waqas Hussain led the way with 132 (off 196 balls) â?? the Slough player’s second century in successive games. Opener Hussain and James Morris (44) added 81 for the third wicket, while Hussain and Richard Morris (75) put on another 156 for the fourth wicket.

Cheshire were set a mammoth target of 403 to win and that was always out of the question against a side with the bowling strength of Berkshire.

The hosts didn’t go down without a fight, however. After being reduced to 57-4, James Duffy and Tyrone Lawrence offered some resistance, lifting the total to 133 before Duffy was out for 49, which included four sixes and three fours.

Another partnership of 51 followed for the seventh wicket, but there was no stopping Berkshire, especially ace spinner Peploe.

The former Middlesex player finished with 5-70 for match figures of 10-95 as Cheshire were bowled out for 225 in 63 overs.

Paceman Nugent took 3-65, giving him eight wickets for the game.

Carter (1-36) and Ali Raja (1-49) were the only other wicket takers.



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