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Lincolnshire green for go from Berkshire

Royal County seeks overall Minor Counties title over three days

Malcolm Howe



Lincolnshire green for go from Berkshire

Berkshire celebrate another wicket

BERKSHIRE will be hoping that history repeats itself when they take on Lincolnshire in the final of the MCCA Unicorns Counties Championship at the Wormsley cricket ground on Sunday.

The Royal county defeated Lincolnshire when winning the 2008 final by eight wickets over the four days in a final staged at Falkland.

That saw the first and third days washed out without a ball bowled, but two days were enough for Berkshire to win by eight wickets after posting 356-6 in their first innings and dismissing the visitors for 105 and 311, before knocking off the remaining runs in 8.1 overs.

That Berkshire side included James Morris and Tom Lambert, current first team captain and head coach respectively.

Berkshire's Western Division title hopes had looked to be in tatters when their game in Cornwall was washed out at a time when they had their hosts on the ropes, allowing Shropshire to go top of the table with their win over Cheshire.

But the tables turned when Shropshire were deducted all 24 points they secured after fielding an ineligible player, returning Berkshire to the top of the table.

“That is where we deserve to be,” said coach Lambert. "We defeated Shropshire very convincingly and we are definitely the best side in the Western Division. Now we want to show we are the best team in the country at our level of cricket.”

Lambert's men have remained unbeaten in their past two championship campaigns, their last defeat coming at the hands of Devon in 2014.

Berkshire are expected to keep the same side that hammered Dorset by 327 runs in under two days at Finchampstead last week.

The probable squad is: Ollie Wilkin (Ealing), Waqas Hussain (Slough), James Morris (capt, Datchet), Richard Morris (Henley), Billy Rogers (Finchampstead), Andy Rishton (Finchampstead), Euan Woods (Henley), Stewart Davison (wkt, Henley), Chris Peploe (Datchet), Matt Carter (Finchampstead), Tom Nugent (Henley), Martin Andersson (Reading), Ali Raja (Slough).

The Wormsley ground is situated just off junction 5 of the M40 at Stokenchurch. There is no public tranport to the estate.

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