Minor Counties: Shropshire held to draw by Berkshire

Shropshire CCC 2015
Shropshire are eight points off top spot in the Western Division table
Minor Counties Championship, Newbury
Shropshire 330-9 dec (Aucott 74 no, Omar Ali 61, Ralph 50, Peploe 5-117) and 288-7 (Ralph 72, Clarke 41, Peploe 3-116)
Berkshire 289 (Stephens 102, J Morris 67, Ralph 5-50, Randhawa 3-86) and 155-4 (Stephens 43, Macey 41, Morris 3-26)
Match Drawn
Shropshire 12 pts, Berkshire 11 pts

Shropshire are now unbeaten in three Minor Counties Championship Western Division matches this summer after drawing with Berkshire at Newbury.

Having made 330-9 in the first innings, Shropshire declared again on 288-7 just after lunch on day two to set the hosts 330 to win in a minimum of 58 overs.

Shrewsbury's Charlie Morris took 3-26 off 11 overs, but Shropshire only managed to take one more wicket.

Berkshire saw out time to reach 155-4 before the two captains shook hands.

Shropshire's Minor Counties Championship 2015
7-8 June: Shropshire beat Cheshire by an innings & 150 runs (Whitchurch)
21-23 June: Herefordshire v Shropshire. Match Drawn (Eastnor Castle)
5-7 July: Berkshire v Shropshire. Match Drawn (Falkland, Newbury)
19-21 July: Dorset v Shropshire (Dean Park, Bournemouth)
2-4 August: Shropshire v Wales (High Town, Bridgnorth)
16-18 August: Shropshire v Devon (Priorslee Road, Shifnal)

Shropshire skipper James Ralph had great personal success, hitting two half centuries, as well as taking a county-best 5-50 with his leg spin.

Shropshire stand in fourth place in the Western Division table, eight points off top spot, ahead of their next game against bottom side Dorset at Dean Park, Bournemouth (19/20/21 July).

Ralph's side suffered a sluggish start to 2015, losing all four 50-over Knockout Trophy qualifying group games before exiting the inaugural Minor Counties Twenty20 competition at the first hurdle.

But they bounced back from that to win their opening Championship game inside two days against Cheshire at Whitchurch before drawing with neighbours Herefordshire at Eastnor.

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