Premier Division One Review 8th June

Written by: Nick Archer
Date: 08/06/2019

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A powerful batting performance from Premier Division One leaders Berkswell extended their lead at the top of the table to 33 points on a day when three games in this division were abandoned without a ball being bowled. Batting first, following an uncontested toss, in a match reduced to 21 overs per side, Berkswell raced to an imposing 230 for five at more than 10 runs per over. Leicestershire opening batsman Ateeq Javid hit 94 from 65 balls, while Warwickshire youngster Daniel Mousley was even more brutal, striking 56 from 23 balls. Chris Whittock chipped in with an unbeaten 39 from 17 balls as the Kidderminster attack suffered a battering and, unsurprisingly, the visitors declined to chase this daunting target, closing on 64 for five from their 21 overs. 

In a match reduced to 29 overs per side, Shrewsbury batted first at London Road, following an uncontested toss. With three current Worcestershire and one current Warwickshire player in their line-up, they had reached 147 for eight by the close of their innings, George Panayi top scoring with 42 and overseas player Asharn Hodge adding 40. Staffordshire’s Brinder Phagura took the bowling honours for Moseley with 4 for 37 from his allocation of nine overs. Against a Shrewsbury attack that included Joe Leach, Dillon Pennington, Ed Barnard and Panayi, Moseley finished on 122 for seven after wicket-keeper Ben Griffin scored 32. Leach and Ed Barnard took two wickets apiece for the home side. 

The performance of the day in the top tier came from bottom of the table Kenilworth Wardens, who thumped Dorridge by nine wickets, after inviting the home side to bat first after an uncontested toss. Dorridge opening batsman Gary Hawkins carried his bat for 75 from a total of 154 for seven, in 28 overs, with former Leicestershire left-arm spinner Jamie Sykes picking up 4 for 55 from eight overs. After losing Tom Brammer (27) at 49, an unbeaten second wicket stand of 107 between Nick Seager (72 not out) and Nathan Edwards (44 not out) eased Wardens to a comfortable victory with six overs to spare, a result that sees them close the gap, at the foot of the table, to 13 points. 

The matches between Barnt Green and Walsall, Smethwick and Knowle & Dorridge and the clash between West Bromwich Dartmouth, at Sandwell Park, were abandoned without a ball being bowled and there are, now, only 17 points between Knowle & Dorridge in third place, and Moseley, in seventh place.