CRICKET: Battling Belvoir crumble to Caribs late on

Belvoir 1st XI. Photo: Toby Roberts
Belvoir 1st XI. Photo: Toby Roberts
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SNCL Division A

Carrington Caribs 177-9

Belvoir 1st XI 132

For three-quarters of this game Belvoir were on top only for Umar Zaman (4-15) and Liaqat Ali (4-19) to steal the win in six unplayable overs – the last five wickets falling for no runs in 15 balls.

The day had started with some penetrating seam bowling from Danny Gibson and Joe Bottomley, and crafty slower stuff from Greg Oldfield. At the other end, Kamran Afzaal grafted his way to 44 and Umar Zaman to 66; two gritty and thoughtful innings by a pair of stubborn batters.

Excellent field placement, backed by the fielding itself, saw several fine catches and two excellent run outs, Gibson to Olly Elson and Ryan Lewis to Phil Irvine. The Caribs’ run rate never got out of hand despite some exciting hitting by their later batsmen, whilst Irvine wrapped up the bowling with 3-34.

In reply, Olly Clayfield (49) batted with growing confidence – his driving being especially crisp. Unfortunately, there was a steady stream of wickets at the other end, culminating with the dismissal of Tom Neville for a typically pugnacious 24. The later middle-order and tail-end were no match to Zaman’s and Ali’s amazing spell and Belvoir finished 45 runs short.

Division E

Belvoir 2nd 265-7

Notts Unity Casuals 2nd 31

Put in to bat, Belvoir posted a competitive total, taking full advantage of, at times, indifferent fielding.

There were half-centuries for Paul Chadwick (50), James Hawkes (69) and Fraser Fentem (59no off 35 balls), while Sam Penford (32) helped Chadwick put on 84 for the first wicket.

Tom Copley added a useful 23 in a partnership of 65 with Hawkes just as the momentum was threatening to swing away from Belvoir. Arun Johal bowled particularly well for Notts, taking 6-56 on his debut.

Strike bowler Paul Gadd then enjoyed a real champagne Saturday as he ripped the heart out of the Notts Unity Casuals batting, with four wickets in four balls. By the end of Gadd’s second over, he had figures of 5-2 and the home side were floundering at 3-5.

Finishing with figures of 5-21, Gadd left it to Fentem to mop up the tail. Fentem completed his own impressive all-round performance with 5-9.

Belvoir’s catching was exemplary as the team wrapped up their first league win of the season with aplomb.