3 months ago
By Dave Wright
Win and narrow defeat at Herefordshire
Berkshire have qualified for the MCCA T20 Finals Day at Wormsley in August.
They finished top of Group 2 after a win and a narrow defeat against second-placed Herefordshire.
In their first game at Eastnor CC, Berkshire scored 163-8 with Chris Peploe top scoring with 49, followed by Andy Rishton (28), Euan Woods 26 and Joe Cracknell 23 on his debut. They then restricted their hosts to 139-6 with Ollie Birts taking 4-27, with two wickets coming off successive deliveries in the first of his four overs, so completing a 24-run victory.
The second game proved a much closer affair. Berkshire looked in serious trouble at 32-6 in the eighth over, but Richard Morris (pictured) led a tremendous recovery, cracking an outstanding 79 off just 49 balls with three maximums and five fours. He was well supported by Sukhi Kang, who contributed 30 from 33 deliveries, the pair putting on 106 for the seventh wicket in 12.2 overs, leaving Berkshire on 138-6. Two wickets from spinner Birts and one by Peploe left Herefordshire 36-3 off 6.1 overs but a fourth-wicket stand of 40 in four overs improved their position. Peploe took two wickets in as many deliveries to leave the game in the balance, but Hage scored a useful 35 off 27 balls before Peploe caught him off the bowling of Tom Nugent. It was building towards a nervy finish with the hosts requiring 11 off two overs. Rishton run out Bullock (128-8) and eight runs were required from the final over bowled by Nugent. The paceman dismissed Wilkinson for 12 off his fourth ball, but Conway scampered two off the next to earn his side a one-wicket win with a ball to spare. Tom finished with 2-35, Peploe 2-16, Birts 2-31 and Woods 1-28.
The Finals Day is on August 26th, with Berkshire being joined at the Buckinghamshire venue by Devon and Norfolk, pkus the winners of Group 1, which will probably be Cheshire though won't be confirmed until July 15.
Updated 19:44 - 18 Jun 2018 by Dave Wright