BERKSHIRE commence their home fixtures in the Unicorns Championship when they meet Wales Minor Counties at
BERKSHIRE commence their home fixtures in the Unicorns Championship when they meet Wales Minor Counties at Henley’s Brakspear Ground in a three-day game starting on Sunday at 11am.
They will be looking to follow up their 269-run win over Herefordshire last week. That was an impressive performance, but it hasn’t stopped Berkshire making three changes to their team.
All-rounders Martin Andersson and Andy Rishton, who were unavailable for the visit to Colwall due to university commitments, replace batsmen Dan Lincoln and Billy Rogers.
There is also a switch behind the stumps with Sukhi Kang taking over from Stewart Davison.
Henley wicket-keeper Davison is assistant coach to the Oxford MCCU squad and has helped them reach the final of the MCC Universities Challenge against Loughborough at Lord’s which is taking place next Tuesday. It was a tough decision for Davison to make and Berkshire head coach Tom Lambert has no issues with him deciding to be with Oxford.
Lambert said: “I’m happy with the call he’s made. Stewie has put in a lot of work at Oxford and is moving his coaching career forward.”
The game against Wales will see a home debut for Ollie Wilkin, who made an unforgettable first appearance for Berkshire against Herefordshire, scoring a total of 322 runs in the match, just 19 short of the record which Ernest Garnett set back in 1908.
Skipper James Morris said: “We made a fantastic start against Herefordshire and we will be looking to build on that momentum against Wales. We came close to winning the (Western Division) title last season and we are determined to win it this year.”
Wales also made a successful start to their campaign last week, defeating Devon by seven wickets.
The Berkshire team is as follows: Waqas Hussain (Slough), Ollie Wilkin (Ealing), Martin Andersson (Reading), Richard Morris (Henley), James Morris (Datchet), Andy Rishton (Finchampstead), Euan Woods (Henley), Chris Peploe (Datchet), Sukhi Kang (Finchampstead), Matt Carter (Finchampstead), Tom Nugent (Henley).