Match Report Saturday 1st XI Vs Kenilworth Wardens

Birmingham Premier League Division 1

Berkswell 343/5 v Kenilworth Wardens 262ao

A delay to the start of the match caused by the condition of the ground following the previous week’s heavy rain, saw the game reduced to 33 overs per side. With a shortened boundary on the Kenilworth Road side of the square, a high scoring encounter, with a plethora of fours and sixes, made it an entertaining clash.

Wardens skipper, Harry Johnson, won the toss and asked Berkswell to bat first on a hard and dry wicket. Playing against his former club, Dan Mousley (8) claimed the first maximum of the match, but fell to a catch by Johnson, off the bowling of Joe Jordan, three balls later in only the second over with the score on 8. Ateeq Javid and Chris Whittock then added another 21 runs in just 3 overs until Javid (13) was caught behind by Harry Butler to give Tommy Rex a wicket. The two early break throughs made by the Wardens were, however, the last successes they were to have for the next 15 overs, as Whittock and Danial Chaudhry took full advantage of the low strength opposition bowling. Chaudhry, in particular, took a shine to the bowlers with his half century coming off 36 balls and then notching up his century off 65 just balls. Whittock, playing a supportive role, was also adding to his personal total, but having made 31 he was caught in the deep and Berkswell’s third wicket had fallen - the partnership adding 138 runs. Tom Lewis replaced Whittock and, after a few balls to assess the wicket, he was soon finding the boundary with ease. In five overs he and Chaudhry added another 46 runs, but Chaudhry having reached 123 off 77 balls was then caught by Johnson to leave the hosts on 213 for 4. Chaudhry’s innings contained 12 fours and 6 sixes. Lewis, meanwhile, was now striking the ball menacingly and in one over from Matt Hancock he despatched the ball for three sixes, while Nick James hit another, the cost to the bowler being 26 runs in total off the 28th over. With both batsmen now in destructive mode the following over cost the opposition 19 runs, but in the 31st with the scoreboard now showing 297, James (32) was also caught by Johnson. Tom Milnes took a single off the first ball of the 32nd over and this run enabled Lewis to face the remaining five balls of Johnson’s over. The next four balls he hit for successive sixes with the over finally costing 27 runs. The final over wasn’t quite so productive with only 15 runs coming from it although Milnes (14 no) did finish it in style with two sixes off the last two balls. At the end of the innings Lewis remained undefeated on 86 from only 37 balls, his innings including 5 fours and 9 sixes.

In their response the Wardens lost Harry Butler (0) to the fifth ball of the first over bowled by Milnes with only one run on the scoreboard, and then Mohammed Haroon (14), caught behind by Whittock from a Grant Thornton delivery, twenty runs and five overs later. The third wicket fell 17 runs later when Nathan Edwards (2) was trapped lbw by Thornton in the 8th over. Johnson and Jamie Sykes than added another 38 runs in four overs before Sykes (17) was dismissed when caught by Lewis off the bowling of Adnaan Riaz. Richard Linfield and Johnson kept the scorers busy with another 50 runs coming off six overs until Linfield (21) was bowled by Riaz. New batsman Ben Rex kept up the run scoring momentum with Johnson and the pairing contributed another 93 runs, but Rex (48) was then bowled by James. Tommy Rex (0) only lasted three balls and at the end of the 25th over the visitors were 219 for 7. Johnson (109), however, having been scoring freely, was the next wicket to fall when he was dismissed by a fine diving catch at deep cover by Mousley. With the loss of Johnson at 227 any chance of a Wardens’ victory diminished, although an aggressive piece of tailend resistance by Tom Mordy (29) extended the innings, but it finally closed at 262 all out at the end of the 32nd over. Nick James was the pick of the Berkswell bowlers with 4 for 47.

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