CRICKET: Belvoir lose to a side that clicked

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South Notts League

Division A

Wollaton 298-5

Belvoir 100

Sometimes you run up against a side that just clicks.

Wollaton openers Matt Schofield (84) and captain David Barr (73) simply ran away with the initiative and hid it somewhere beyond the reach of the Belvoir bowlers.

Schofield’s innings was riddled with 12 hard-hit fours coming at a rate of one every eight deliveries.

Barr’s innings started as one of sensible support as he was outscored two-to-one in the 148-run first wicket partnership.

At this point he took over the dominant role, taking 31 from his last 20 balls.

Ian Dodd (25), Mustafa Iqbal (30), Matt Young (15) and Nicky Kirkwood (28no) all added quick runs as Belvoir’s attack continued to suffer. Only Olly Elson (1-23) and Greg Oldfield (3-74) were able to exert any control.

Jack Copley and Josh Sharpe took 14 from the first over in Belvoir’s response and the chase was on.

But Tom Naylor’ first four overs saw him bowl two of the top order and trap another three lbw, conceding but a single run in the process.

However, Oldfield (41) took a liking to this bowling and picked up four sweet boundaries from his next three overs. But Naylor still managed to pocket two more wickets and finish with 7-22.

Xanti Xipu batted well and Joe Bottomley was his usual expansive self as Belvoir scrambled to triple figures before the last wicket fell to Sunil Sharma (2-23).