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Rhys gets the better of brother Rhodri as Berkshire defeat Middlesex by four wickets

Rhys and Rhodri Lewis

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BERKS CCC

The Lewis brothers were on opposing sides when Berkshire defeated Middlesex by four wickets at Henley on Sunday, writes Dave Wright.

Rhodri, 18, plays regularly for Middlesex Academy, while 15-year-old Rhys was making his first appearance for the Royal county.

A fine knock of 40 by Rhodri was the highest score of the match, helping Middlesex to reach151 all out in this 50/50 friendly.

However, Thatcham's Rhys claimed the family's bragging rights on the day, making an unbeaten 18 as Berkshire reached their target at 157-6 with more than six overs to spare. There was also a senior debut for Cookham Dean batsman Mohammed Ilyas with Stewart Davison leading out a much-changed Berkshire side.

A good-sized crowd witnessed an entertaining match which produced excellent cricket from both sides.

Rhodri's Wargrave club colleague Toby Greatwood, who also plays for Berkshire, hit 21 for Middlesex before producing an economical bowling spell of 1-12 from seven overs.

Pick of the home bowlers was paceman Tom Nugent with 3-18, while four wickets were shared by his Henley team-mates Andy Rishton (2-18) and Tom Scriven, who claimed 2-34. All six bowlers used finished with at least one wicket and were backed up by some sharp fielding, including two smart catches by Scriven.

Wicketkeeper Davison claimed two catches and a stumping and it was he who later clinched victory by bashing a mighty six over the long-on boundary to complete another good day's work by his team. They're set to play Oxfordshire at Falkland CC on Sunday.

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BUCKS CCC

Bucks suffered two narrow defeats in their T20 double-header against Oxfordshire at Aston Rowant on Sunday as their hosts captured the inaugural Nurton-York Cup.

This competition was hastily arranged following the cancellation of the full National Counties programme due to the COVID-19 pandemic and consisted of one 50- over clash and then two T20s at the same venue.

In a repeat of the 50-over game on August 9, which Oxon won by 13 runs, Bucks again threw away winning positions in both T20 matches.

In the first contest, Oxon were restricted to 122-6 after winning the toss thanks to spinners Conner Haddow (3-22 off 4 overs) and Uzair Amjaid (2-19 off 3 overs).

Bucks seemed certain to win when they sped to 54-2 in the eighth over. But then they lost three wickets for two runs in seven balls and were dismissed for 104 in 19.1 overs, despite Michael Payne's unbeaten 29. Left-arm spinners Ollie Clarke (3-14) and James Coles (2-16) did the damage.

With this victory having won the Cup for Oxon, Bucks were playing for pride in the second game, which followed a similar pattern.

Oxon again chose to bat first and made 135-6, led by James Coles, the 16-year-old son of former Bucks team manager Jon Coles. He again showed his outstanding promise with 73 not out from 66 balls. Michael Payne was the pick of the bowler with 2-13 from four overs.

Bucks again got off to a fine start, progressing to 80-2 after ten overs thanks to Alexei Kervezee's 38 from 41 balls. But they suffered yet another collapse, losing three wickets for seven runs in 13 balls, including Charlie Macdonell run out without facing a ball.

Bucks never recovered and finished on 124-8 to lose by 11 runs.

Oxfordshire included current Somerset seam bowler Jack Brooks in their side and he took 1-27 in his six overs over the two games.

Bucks have no more matches in this shortened season.

The scorecards for both games can be found on Bucks CCC Play Cricket.

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