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We're on our way to Wormsley - again!

We're on our way to Wormsley - again!

By Dave Wright
11th August
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Four-wicket semi-final win at Finchampstead


Berkshire are through to the final of the Unicorns Trophy after defeating Wiltshire by four wickets in the semi-final played at Finchampstead on August 11th.
They will now play Cumberland at the Wormsley Trust ground, near Stokenchurch, on Wednesday, August 28th when they will be looking to regain the title they last won in 2017.
Wiltshire, electing to bat first on what looked a good batting wicket, were dismissed for 199 in 49.1 overs, with Berkshire reaching their target with six and a half overs to spare following half-centuries for both Archie Carter and Tom Scriven.
Yet, it wasn't always comfortable for the hosts, with an opening stand of 61 inside 12 overs suggesting Wiltshire might just be capable of posting a 250 plus total which would have put real pressure on their opponents.
However, Berkshire's trustworthy spin department then got to work, slowing down the run rate quite considerably whilst also chipping their way through the Wiltshire order.
By the mid-point of their 50 overs the visitors had lost five wickets with 113 runs on the board. Skipper Ed Young worked hard to improve matters but on 48 he was bowled by off-spinner Euan Woods and, despite a spirited knock of 35 from Tahir Afridi, Wiltshire's total was probably 50 to 60 runs short of what they had targeted.
Woods took the bowling honours with 4-40 off 10 overs, while Chris Peploe claimed 3-29, also off his full quota of overs, Scriven 2-23 from 9.1 overs and fellow paceman Andy Rishton 1-31 off 8.
The Berkshire reply ticked along nicely despite losing Jack Davies for 15 (23-1) and Dan Lincoln also for 15, making it 63-2 in the 15th over.
Richard Morris was next to depart for 19 with the total on 109, two runs later teenager Carter was bowled for a nicely-constructed 55, making it 111-4 and skipper James Morris (11) was next to go, 143-5 in the 34th over. Had another wicket gone quickly, Berkshire might have started to look a bit anxious.
However, Scriven put them back in the driving seat with an attractive innings of 52 from 56 balls. He holed out in the 43rd over and this left Henley teammates Woods (20) and Rishton (4) to guide their side across the line, Berkshire finishing on 202-6 from 43.3 overs.
Berkshire will be bidding to win the trophy for the fifth time since 2004.
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