BERKSHIRE made it five wins out of six games in Group Five of the ECB 50+ County Championship by defeating Buckinghamshire by four wickets at Farnham Royal last Wednesday.

Having lost the toss, they took the first three wickets for 66 runs with John Macdonald claiming two catches and a wicket.

A stand of 96 put Bucks in a strong position with Shehzad Ramzan making 76, but the Berks attack kept plugging away and managed to restrict their hosts to 221-7 in 45 overs.

Berks made a poor start to their reply with David Shaw out for three and skipper Gary Loveday for one.

But Gordon Morgan came to the rescue with a fine knock of 88 from 105 balls, while sharing a stand of 69 with Simon Myles (37) and then 95 with Jeremy Wing (41).

Morgan and Wing departed in quick succession, followed by Steve Clarke (8), but Mark Shepherd (6no) and Andrew Davies (26no off 17 balls) saw Berkshire home at 224-6 with two and half overs to spare.

The county are joint top of Group Five with Essex and Sussex, all with 20 points from six games.

Berkshire 50+ 2nds managed to hold out for a draw with Essex 2nds at Hulton last Thursday.

The home county posted 269-5 in their 45 overs with Paul Keaney making 116 and Neale Dakin 62, the pair putting on 141 for the first wicket.

Dave Goodman was the most successful bowler, taking 3-46 off seven overs.

Despite 45 from opener Nigel Trumper, Berkshire’s reply never really took off and they closed on 142-8.

An excellent knock of 87 not out (off 109 balls) by Ronnie Brock (pictured) guided Berkshire Over-60s to a six-wicket victory over Middlesex at Winchmore Hill on Tuesday last week.

Earlier, Richard West had turned the game in Berkshire’s favour, taking 5-27 off five overs as Middlesex collapsed from 156-4 (Simon Battersby 101) to 188 all out.

Berkshire lost two wickets for 23 before Brock, Phil Ridgeway (38) and Ian Harvey (22no) got their side home.