Berkshire met with mixed fortunes as they began their defence of the MCCA Twenty20 competition away to Shropshire at Whitchurch. Game one brought about an 11-run defeat. The hosts were bowled out for 163 with Luke Beaven (pictured) taking the last three wickets with successive deliveries, two of his victims being stumped off wides. Despite the efforts of James Morris and Joe Thomas, Berkshire's reply fell just short at 152. The second game was equally as close. Berkshire posted 164-9, thanks largely to Richard Morris, who hit 50 off 31 balls, and Jack Davies with 41 from 27 deliveries on a pitch that favoured the slow bowlers. The hosts reached 100-2 in the 14th over with Alex Phillips making 42 (36 balls) and Alexei Kervezee 40 (28), but Euan Woods turned the game Berkshire's way with excellent figures of 4-0-23-4 and Shropshire were restricted to 152-9, leaving the champions victorious by 12 runs. The other Group 2 fixture between Oxfordshire and Herefordshire at Brockhampton also ended with a win apiece.