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Minor Counties Cricket: Berkshire line up four more friendly fixtures


Berkshire have confirmed four more 'friendly' fixtures for the remainder of this truncated cricket season, writes Dave Wright.

They will play a Glamorgan XI at Falkland CC near Newbury on Sunday, August 23rd.

That will be followed by a two-day game with Middlesex at the Old Merchant Taylors School in Northwood on Wednesday and Thursday, August 26th-27th.

Berkshire and Middlesex - two counties with close links to each other - will meet again at Henley CC on Sunday, August 30th.

A week later, Sunday September 6th, will see Berkshire host neighbours Oxfordshire at Falkland.

The one-day games will be played on a 50/50 format, starting at 11am.

Left-arm spinner John McDonald produced outstanding figures of 8-1-21-5 as Berkshire Over-50s beat Sussex by 28 runs at his home club, Wokingham.

Club colleague Simon Myles top-scored with 48 while Boyne Hill's Dave Goodman made 18 not out in Berkshire's total of 171.

The visitors replied with 143-9, being left a man short by an injury to one of their players.

Phil Ridgeway took 5-23 in eight overs when Berkshire defeated Buckinghamshire in an Over-60s match last week.

Bucks were restricted to 140-8 in their 40 overs and Berkshire reached their target for the loss of just two wickets with skipper Dave Tooze left unbeaten on 86.



Bucks snatched defeat from the jaws of victory as they lost by 13 runs to Oxfordshire in their 50-over contest at Aston Rowant on Sunday, writes Michael Knox.

Chasing 214 for victory, Bucks seemed home and dry at 186-5 with plenty of time left, but a series of injudicious strokes saw them crash to 200 all out.

So Oxon edged home in the first of three hastily-arranged matches for the Nurton-York Cup.

After winning the toss, Oxon's innings was dominated by 16-year-old James Coles, who scored a superb 101 from 132 balls with 11 fours. But tight bowling, backed by some superb fielding which led to two run-outs, restricted the hosts to 213 all out in 48.5 overs.

Left-arm spinner Conner Haddow claimed 3-34, while Michael Payne took 2-30.

AJ Woodland (36) and debutant, former Worcestershire played Alexei Kervezee (31) put Bucks on the path to apparent victory.

Then a fourth-wicket stand of 70 between Charlie Macdonell (46) and Dan Ogden (35) strengthened their position.

At 186-5, a Bucks victory seemed assured, but a series of injudicious shots saw them lose four wickets for three runs in 13 balls.

Michael Payne (23no) tried to steer Bucks home, but lost No 11 Stephen Croft to Coles at 200 with 21 balls left.

There were also Bucks senior debuts for Eliot Callis (High Wycombe) and wicket-keeper Ross Richardson (Camberley).

The two counties will meet again in two T20 games at the same venue on August 30 to decide the destination of the cup.

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