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Shaun Udal

Former Hampshire and England spinner Shaun Udal picked up two wickets for Berkshire, but Michael Roberts was the star performer at Lord's

Michael Roberts cracked 97 not out to guide Berkshire to victory over Hertfordshire in a rain-reduced MCCA Knockout Trophy final at Lord’s.

Roberts struck 10 fours and three sixes to underpin a successful pursuit of 195 after the match had been reduced to 36 overs a side following morning showers in the capital.

Fellow opener David Barnes also chipped in with 52, while Chris Peploe claimed three wickets as Hertfordshire were restricted to 194 for nine after being put in to bat in seamer-friendly conditions.

Berkshire’s decision to field first was immediately justified as their opponents slipped to 30 for two inside the opening five overs.

Eddie Ballard, Daniel Blacktopp, Ben Frazer and number eight Jamie Southgate all made useful contributions with the bat, but the latter’s 36 proved to be the highest score of the innings.

Former England off-spinner Shaun Udal and Steven Naylor provided good support to Peploe with two wickets apiece.

Berkshire had few problems in chasing down their target after Roberts and Barnes put on 135 for the first wicket.

After Barnes departed to Southgate, Frazer removed Jonathan McLean and Carl Crowe in quick succession and Craig Crowe fell to Nick Walker.

However, Roberts remained to ease his side over the line with 16 deliveries to spare in the company of skipper Bjorn Mordt.