TEENAGER Jack Davies played the innings of his young life to inspire Berkshire CCC to history with victory in the Unicorns Championship.

James Morris’s side chased 287 to beat Lincolnshire by six wickets and become the first minor county to ever win the 50-over and four-day championships in the same season.

And at the end of a dramatic game between the two dominant forces in minor county cricket, it was a 153-run stand between Davies (127no) and Andy Rishton (76no) which proved decisive.

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Berkshire's Jack Davies with his man-of-the-match award.

Berks started well at Banbury and dismissed their opponents for 182, albeit that included a 61-run last-wicket stand between Andy Carter and Alex Willerton. Chris Peploe was the star with the ball, taking 5-71 in 23 overs.

In reply, Euan Woods just missed out on repeating his century in the previous year’s final, but his knock of 97 helped Berkshire to 215 and a first-innings lead of 33.

However, a wonderful innings of 148 from Matt Lineker put Lincolnshire in command as they made 330 second time round, Peploe bowling a mammoth 60 overs in taking 6-113 for match figures of 11-184. Rishton chipped in with 3-54.

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Berkshire skipper James Morris is presented with the Unicorns Championship trophy.

Chasing 287, rain halted play midway through the third afternoon, and forced a delayed start yesterday.

Berkshire slipped to 136-4 in the early afternoon, but Davies and Rishton were the heroes.