CRICKET: Batting plaudits go to Oldfield in Belvoir win

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South Notts League

Division A

Plumtree 2nd 152

Belvoir 158-4

Belvoir’s bowlers squeezed Plumtree, keeping them down to 2.5 runs per over for the first half of the innings.

Phil Irvine (2-27) took the first two wickets quickly while Danny Gibson (12 overs for 21 runs) tied up the other end. First change Joe Bottomley kept up the pressure, conceding less than two runs per over.

Meanwhile, Nigel Filley (29) batted with some grit before he became one of a guileful Greg Oldfield’s four victims. Some more determined batting came later from Mark Davis (36). Aided by flashy knocks from Mark Dring and Declan Marks, he steered Plumtree towards a defendable score.

However, Oldfield continued to turn the screw and, with Olly Elson who chipped in with a couple of vital wickets, ensured that Belvoir’s target was manageable.

The reply was dominated by an 86-run partnership for the second wicket. Tom Neville (34) made a cautious start but reverted to his usual belligerent mode with three towering sixes.

However, the batting plaudits go to Oldfield for an unbeaten 98 including a wide variety of shots, 16 of which found or ignored the boundary rope. Sometimes he was cheeky, sometimes brutal and sometimes classy – three batsmen for the price of one. He even finished the game with a monstrous six back past the bowler. All-in-all, a good day for Belvoir.