Sunday, 29 June 2014

Royal London Cup: Berkshire v Middlesex

Heather Knight made her first real "score" of the county season as Berkshire beat Middlesex by 5 wickets on a sunny Sunday in Wokingham.

Put into bat, Middlesex started strongly, with openers Helena Stolle (29) and Natasha Miles (41) putting on 83 for the first wicket; but Berkshire's bowlers were on top from then on, with Fi Morris taking 3/17, as Middlesex ended all out on 173, with only Beth Morgan (22) putting up much resistance in the later overs.

In reply, Berkshire's captain Heather Knight took a long time to get going - she was still on just 10 when Corinne Hall became the second of Maia Bouchier's 3 victims, with The Beavers looking perhaps in a little trouble at 36/3.

However, with Middlesex's attack depleted by the loss of Izzy Westbury to a shoulder injury, sustained whilst batting earlier in the day, Knight and Amanda Potgieter (38) took Berkshire to 120 before Potgieter was well bowled by Sophia Dunkley. But with Knight looking increasingly confident, playing largely straight down the ground as is her wont, Berkshire got home by 5 wickets, with 8 overs to spare - Knight finishing on 66*.

It is worth noting one other significant contributor to the day's affairs - Ms Extras, who made a whopping 69 runs over the two innings, 52 of them coming in wides, including a couple of 4s. I'm not sure I'd go quite so far as to say that the 35 wides Middlesex conceded cost them the game, but they certainly didn't help!

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