Belvoir fight for draw

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South Nottinghamshire Cricket League Division A

Ellerslie 1st 242-5, Belvoir 1st XI 175-7.

On an overcast day in Nottingham, Ellerslie openers Kane Wilson (60) and John Wakeling (26) made a steady start against some tight bowling from Belvoir’s Danny Gibson.

Wakeling ground out his runs in a dour captain’s innings supporting the more adventurous Kane.

The introduction of Greg Oldfield (3-39) brought about a neat stumping by Tom Neville to see end of Wakeling.

This was followed by a wonderful running and diving catch at long on by Gibson.

However, Guy Walker (73 from 48 balls) then joined Wilson and the score accelerated.

The closing stages saw an excitable innings of 22 from a scuttling Dan Footitt and 26 not out from Sam Miller amass 42 runs from the last five overs.

Throughout the innings Belvoir’s fielding had been determined with some fine stops from Alex Johnson, Lewis Dann and Greg Oldfield.

Josh Sharp (61 from 54 balls) got Belvoir’s reply off to a flying start.

A big stride down the wicket and a smooth but vicious flow of the bat saw seven fours and a six crash into and over long-on and long-off.

As wickets fell around him it required captain Dann (31) to provide stability at the other end.

Alas, Sharp went over the bowler’s head once too often and found himself caught in the deep.

To call Footitt’s spell a sterling effort (15-2- 39-2) is just in terms of tirelessness but understates his skill level.

Nevertheless, he was unable to break the hard-boiled obduracy of Belvoir’s Tony Wade (31 no from 77 balls) as he and Johnson (7 from 31) and Joe Bottomley (1 no from 19) guided Belvoir through the last 20 overs to a draw and secured an extra batting point from the last ball.