“It was a good solid team performance ”
Berkshire opened their Unicorns Trophy campaign with an emphatic seven-wicket win over Dorset at Oratory School, making 179-3 in 33.2 overs after limiting their visitors to 178-6 from 50 overs.
Updated 08:37 - 3 Jun 2019 by Dave Wright
They will now host Cornwall in the quarter-finals with the tie scheduled for Sunday, June 30th at Falkland CC.
It did not take them long to stamp their authority on the game, with their bowlers, particularly the spinners making life difficult for the Dorset batsmen, who often struggled to get the ball away. They managed only two boundaries in the first 30 overs.
Their sixth wicket went down at 84 in the 33rd over, so putting extra pressure on the seventh-wicket pairing of Josh Digby and Max Waller. To their credit, they made a bold bid to improve the situation and a late flurry of runs saw them finish with scores of 51 and 40 respectively.
But 178 was a well below-par total on the Oratory wicket and against a side of Berkshire's quality with their strength of batting.
The bowling figures were Luke Beaven 10-0-34-1, Tom Nugent 8-1-30-0, Euan Woods 10-0-45-2, Ali Raja 10-0-24-1, Chris Peploe 10-2-24-2, Andy Rishton 2-0-15-0.
Openers Rishton and Jack Davis put on 44 in 10 overs for Berkshire's first wicket before the former fell for 31, caught at deep mid-wicket. Tom Scriven (36) departed at 98 in the 20th over and 10 runs later Davis was caught for 30 (108-3 in the 22nd over).
But from then on it was plain sailing for the hosts with Dan Lincoln blasting 38 (2x6, 5x4) off 32 balls and Richard Morris 31 (1x6, 3x4) from 47 deliveries, the former (pictured) finishing the match with a mighty six over long-on in the 34th over.
All the wickets to fall were claimed by Max Waller, who finished with 3-39 from six overs.
Berkshire skipper James Morris commented: "After our run of Twenty20 games, it was very pleasing to get straight back into winning ways in this format,
"Our spinners bowled exceptionally well, restricting Dorset to what was obviously a below-par total.
"We then produced some sensible and destructive batting to see us home. Overall, it was a good solid team performance."