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Peploe spins the champs to another win

By Dave Wright

Chris stars as Berkshire extend unbeaten run to 21 games

It was being said after the game that Peploe had reached 200 championship wickets. But according to club historian Roy New. It's only 199. 176 at end of the 2017 season and 23 this season.

Berkshire 399 and 303-8dec beat Shropshire 287 and 93 by 322 runs.

Berkshire made it three wins out of three in the Western Division by winning their top-of-the-table clash with Shropshire at Finchampstead.
The defending champions cruised home by emphatic 322 runs after bowling out their visitors for just 93 in their second innings.
Berkshire have now opened up an 18-point gap over Shropshire at the halfway stage of the championship season, and they have now extended their remarkable run to 21 games in the three-day format.
Berkshire dominated the game from start to finish, despite an outstanding century from Alexei Kervezee in Shropshire's first innings.
They led by 112 runs on the first innings and another solid batting display second time around saw them declare on 303-8 to leave the visitors an improbable target of 416.
When they returned to the crease, Shropshire batted with the utmost caution and failed to take a run off Euan Woods until his seventh over. After conceding five runs, the Henley spinner bowled another six successive maidens before taking a wicket off the first ball of his 11th.
It took Shropshire 35 overs to score 50, by which time they had lost five wickets, including that of Kervezee, who scored three runs off the first ball before being dismissed to the first ball he faced from Chris Peploe.
Peploe went on to take four more wickets to finish with figures of 18-9-35-5 before Ali Raja cleaned up the tailenders with 3-6 off 3.1 overs to end Shropshire's innings on just 93.
Woods' final figures were 22-14-35-1 with the other wicket-taker being Waqas Hussain 7-2-31-1.
In the end, it was the spinners who took the glory, but Berkshire also owed much to the batsmen who had earlier played superbly to lay the foundations for another outstanding performance.
Richard Morris took the home batting honours with 116 in the first innings, with excellent support coming from Dan Lincoln with 66 and Andy Rishton 55. In the second knock, there were useful contributions throughout the order, headed by Hussain with 61, Woods 55, Richard Morris 39 and Stewart Davison 32.
The fielding was again of the highest order, so another thoroughly good performance by the whole team who on this evidence are going to take a great deal of stopping as they bid to retain the title.
Berkshire's next fixture is against Devon, still without a championship win this year, at Falkland CC on August 5-7 before away games against Cheshire and Dorset.

Updated 13:00 - 2 Jan 2019 by Dave Wright

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