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Winning run comes to an end

Winning run comes to an end

By Jonathan Tovey
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Berkswell 4th XI 235-9, 5WOE 113 all out, Berkswell won by 122 runs

Report by Ian Garrett

Five Ways’ Thirds unbeaten run came to something of a shuddering halt on Saturday, as the 3rds were outclassed by much the strongest team they have played this year. Five of the top six Berkswell betters made scores, including two impressive fifties from their youngsters, and Ways could not contain the run rate or take wickets until it was too late to prevent Berkswell making a substantial score.

The Ways top order was then ripped out as they were reduced to 22/4, and although there was a brave counter attack from Glenn Richardson, the result was a heavy defeat.

Berkswell attacked from the first overs, and neither Meghan Hancock-Nolan nor captain for the day Mollie Burke could stem the flow of runs. Our bowlers’ lines and lengths were perhaps challenged by a left-right opening combination and one batter who pounded anything wide through the offside and another who picked off anything straight through the leg side. After ten overs, the score was already passed 70, and we never really reigned that back. Sabir dismissed both openers in the 13th over, striking the stumps twice, first by curling one in through the gate and then with a leg stump Yorker, but the respite was brief, as the two youngsters betting three and four went on the attack straightaway, and took advantage of some wayward bowling in the middle overs. Ways were less sharp in the field than has been the case this season, with untidy ground fielding and several mis-fields and some missed chances. The Berkswell number three went to an excellent 50, supported by his partner who made 23, before both fell in similar fashion, trying to hit Ian Garrett over the top and skying catches to Mollie Burke at a deepish mid-off, who took them well, especially the first, grabbed at about the third attempt. Ian in combination with Harry Parslow offered the first sustained control, Harry picking up three wickets, all caught by Sabir at mid-wicket from mistimed pull shots on his way to impressive figures of 3-19, and Ian was to pick a third, caught off the top edge by Glen n Richardson running back at slip, to finish with 3-30. Even as wickets fell though, the Berkswell batters remained on the attack, and another of their youngsters reached his fifty in the 35th and final over, leading them to an imposing total at the finish.

Which we never really threatened. The top order, on paper strong, was blown away by a combination of pacy youngster at one end and wily old timer at the other. Some of the Berkswell bowlers got a degree of bounce from the artificial track that troubled our batters, and from 22-4, there was little prospect of recovery. Sabir played his shots for a while, reaching 17 before skying a catch from a short delivery, and Glenn Richardson played some splendid strokes, including a huge six over wide midwicket, well supported for a while in the most substantial partnership of the innings by Amanda Benyon. Glenn reached an entertaining 37 and looked on course for a fifty, before having his stumps rattled by a Yorker.

Harry McDermott played an entertaining cameo down the order with a sweet straight drive for four and a another big six over square leg, but was the last to fall, swinging across a length delivery to bring the innings to a close not even half way to the notional target.
So – not a good day at the office, and some of the high standards we have achieved so far this season slipped somewhat. But to be fair, we were playing against a side a class above anything we have encountered previously this season, especially with the bat. Good luck to Mollie, as she begins University in Worcester this week, and lets put things right next week.

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Sat 05, Sep 2020



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