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Berkshire just three wickets away from victory

By Dave Wright

Devon slump after promising start to 2nd innings

Berkshire 424-7 and 184-8dec
Devon 103 and (chasing 506 to win) 180-7

Devon were 54-6 overnight and Berkshire needed just 35 minutes to take the final four wickets with Devon skittled for just 103.
Nugent finished with bowling figures of 4-42 from 12 overs, Peploe 3-26 (11), Raja 1-9 (3.2) and Rishton 1-17 (4).
Despite leading by 321 runs, home skipper James Morris did not enforce the follow-on and so Berkshire set out on their second innings with Hussain again leading the way, following up his 192 (his highest for the county) on Sunday with 76, which came off 71 balls.
Fellow opener Carter made 13, Rishton 12, Morris 31, Lincoln 7, Thomas 4, Davison 17no, Peploe 1 and Nugent 7.
Off-spinner Jamie Stephens took the bowling honours for Devon, with a career-best 7-58 off 13.2 overs.
Morris called his players in at 184-8 following Nugent's dismissal in the 36th over, with his side now 505 runs ahead.
Initially, Berks found the Devon batsmen in a more determined and defiant mood than they had previously and, even though a defeat looked inevitable, the top order made it clear they wouldn't go down without a fight.
George Allen and Josh Mailling put on 98 for the first wicket before the latter was caught behind by Davison off Peploe for 58 off 68 balls. Allen followed him back to the pavilion 15 runs later (113-2) when he was caught by Thomas off Peploe for 44 off 119 balls and Berkshire seized control of the game as the innings started to melt like an ice lolly on another boiling day.
Peploe smartly ran out Pyle for 20 (125-3) and Birts claimed his first success of the match by taking the vital wicket of Zac Bess taken by Davison for a first-ball duck (129-4). And the spinner, who didn't bat in either innings, then trapped the other Bess brother, Josh, lbw for 17 (152-5).
Peploe struck again, having Hagen-Burt snapped up by Morris for 16 (158-6) and in the final over of the day he got an lbw decision against Stephens (7) to leave him with figures of 27-9-59-4. Birts is 21-8-54-2.

Today's picture shows a contingent of Kidmore End stalwarts watching the play today.

Updated 13:00 - 2 Jan 2019 by Dave Wright

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