Berkshire CCC looking to keep unbeaten run going

Berkshire will be looking to maintain their unbeaten run when they take on Cheshire at Finchampstead in a three-day championship game starting on Sunday (11am).

The defending national champions won all six of their Western Division fixtures last year and are two out of two so far this season.

Skipper James Morris commented: "Obviously,  we are pleased to be on top of the table, but we are only just coming to the half-way point of the championship, so there is still a long way to go.

"Our aim is to reach the final again and retain the title, but for now we are not looking beyond our next game."

Berkshire will be looking to continue their outstanding home record against a Cheshire side who are not the best of teams on the road, having managed to win just one of their last 10 Championship away games, which was against Wiltshire at Devizes in 2017.

Last week they slumped to a 174-run defeat to Dorset at Bournemouth after being bowled out in the second innings for 254.

Berkshire have beaten Cheshire in each of their last three meetings and have not lost a game at Finchampstead since 2014.

Henley's Richard Morris is set to miss the game due to work commitments, while spinner Ali Raja is still recovering from his hand injury,

Head coach Tom Lambert and skipper James Morris could face a difficult task in deciding who will be at the top of the batting order.

Archie Carter and Michael Williams, both 18, put on 97 for the first wicket in the second innings against Wales with Carter going to score 126, or bring back Savin Perera and Jack Davies, who opened the innings in the win over Herefordshire at Colwall, where 20-year-old Perera made a century on his championship debut.

Euan Woods warmed up for the Cheshire game by making 102 off 101 balls when skippering Berkshire 2nds (200 all out) to an 89-run win over Wiltshire (111 all out) at Swindon on Monday. The Henley allrounder also took 2-8 off five overs.


Bucks make one change to their squad for their Unicorns Counties Championship Eastern Division match against Northumberland at Chesham, starting on Sunday.

Tring Park batsman Shelvin Gumbs comes in for High Wycombe's Dan Marles as Bucks try to recover from their 246-run hammering by Suffolk in their last match.

Bucks squad: T Hampton (High Wycombe) capt, M Khan (Clevedon), A Woodland, M Payne, S Gumbs (Tring Park), G Park (Wickersley Old Village), R Pritchard (Chesham), C Haddow, C Parsons, J Burden), S Croft (Harefield), M Choudhry (Tring Park).

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