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Berks need 7 wickets as Wilts chase target of 194.

By Dave Wright

Eventful 2nd day's play at Corsham

Berkshire 1st innings: 296 (Davison 63, Hussain 53, Russell 42).
Wiltshire 1st innings: 266 (Afridi 77, Clark 54; Russell 5-81, Peploe 3-62).
Berkshire 2nd innings: 163 (Hussain 44; Murray 4-47, Evans 4-51).
Wiltshire 2nd innings: 44-3 (Wade 17no). Target is 194.

On day 2, Berkshire were soon among the wickets, taking five wickets to leave their hosts 148-7. But they were then seriously held-up by Henley bowler Takir Afridi. He showed his intentions with 4,4,6 off the first three balls he faced, and went on to blast 77 off 67 balls, smacking two 6s and 13 fours.
He was well supported by Jack Mynott (24) and Luke Evans (17) but Wiltshire were eventually dismissed for 266 from 59 overs.
Alex Russell finished with 5-81 off 17 overs, with all his wickets down to catches by Stewart Davison. The keeper claimed six victims in all, taking another off the bowling of Peploe (3-62 off 19).
With a lead of just 30, Berkshire made a bad start on their return to the crease with Dewes being lbw to Afridi for a second-ball duck.
Rishton was caught behind for 14 (39-2) before Hussain and Lincoln put on 34 for the third wicket. Hussain was lbw for 44 (73-3) and in the same over, Ryan Murray trapped Morris for 2. Thomas was another lbw victim, dismissed by Tahir for a duck, and Berkshire had lost half their side for 78.
Next to depart was Peploe, lbw to Murray for 19 and Lincoln's resistance came to an end when caught behind for 27, which came off 67 balls, the seventh wicket falling on 112.
Davison was caught behind for 12 after the former Henley player and Russell had taken the total to 137 and 18 runs later Wallace was also snapped up by Morton off Evans for 17, while Ali Raja hit a boundary before giving a return catch to bowler Evans, who finished with 4-51 off 14.4 and Murray 4-47 from 14.
In all, five wickets fell to lbw decisions and four to catches by keeper Morton on a day when the Wiltshire bowlers looked to be getting some movement off the seam.
The pressure now fell on the Berkshire attack as Wiltshire set out on their bid for victory. Russell thought he had Will Wade caught behind when he was on 9, but confident appeals were turned down - much to the disappointment of the players.
However, Berks didn't have to wait long, with Morton being taken by Morris off Rishton's bowling for 14, with the total on 24.
It was then 35-2 as Uzair Qureshi (5) turned a Russell delivery into the hands of Raja, and not long afterwards Peploe and Davison combined to dismiss Clark for 3 (40-3).
By close of play, Wiltshire had moved on to 44-3, needing another 150 to beat the champions.

Updated 13:00 - 2 Jan 2019 by Dave Wright

Where next?

Berkshire show the hallmarks of champions - once again Peploe takes 5-18 to leave rivals wilting
Russell scores 42 and takes two wickets on debut Wiltshire v Berkshire at Corsham - Day 1


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