CRICKET: Belvoir recover from loss of openers

Sam Penford batting for Belvoir. Photo: Toby Roberts

Sam Penford batting for Belvoir. Photo: Toby Roberts

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South Notts League

Division A

Belvoir 212

Ellerslie 174-9

A team needs time to recover from the loss of both openers for seven runs.

But neither Tom Neville (57) nor Greg Oldfield (62) felt like taking any time as they plundered 124 runs in 18 overs for the second wicket and turned the start on its head.

Both took a particular delight in thumping the ball through mid-wicket and mid-on as each Ellerslie bowler in turn was unceremoniously mauled by these twin tigers. Three hundred looked to be a probability until Dan Footitt and Kane Wilson paired up to gradually strangle the batting and chip away at the middle order.

Footitt (5-61) in particular showed prolonged grit and increasing penetration with only 21 runs coming from his last 10 overs. Nevertheless, Joe Bottomley played well for his 29 and both Gibson and Forbes battled their way to the final bonus point.

Dan Wilson took a stunning one-hander at gully from the first ball of Ellerslie’s innings. Ryan Lewis completed a neat stumping and so the visitors were also quickly two down.

Their recovery was led by captain John Wakeling (55) whose protracted effort was a model in determination. However, the required run rate rapidly increased and Belvoir’s bowlers made steady inroads.

Bottomley nicked 2-28 and Alex Forbes captured another 2-17, including top scorer Wakeling. Sunil Shrestha 22 still seemed intent on winning but was one of three late victims to a pumped-up Danny Gibson (3-31).

There was an entertaining final flurry of 28 from Taimoor Tasnim, as Belvoir were unable to spring the last wicket and had to settle for an 18 point winning draw.

Division E

Belvoir 2nd 115

Newark R&M 76

Batting first in a low-scoring game, Belvoir started well.

The score was moving along nicely at three an over, with the batsmen in no trouble at all, when Paul Chadwick (17) fell to a fine catch behind square. Fellow opener Matthew Fentem pressed on, playing a fine, unhurried knock, driving straight for a number of boundaries and reaching 41 before falling with the score on 76.

After drinks, batting became more difficult and while Olly Elson and Henry Wood had a long stay at the crease together, they were unable to gain any momentum. With the score on 104, Elson was caught and the next four overs saw Belvoir’s last six wickets fall for the addition of just 11 runs.

The innings was suddenly over with just 115 on the board, Newark’s slow bowlers taking the honours. The total looked well short of par.

Newark began their innings in a similar vein, scoring slowly but steadily, but without dominating the bowling, led by a frugal Fraser Fentem.

Boundaries were again in short supply, but Newark reached 59 with only two wickets down and seemed to be on course to score the runs required.

Belvoir needed some inspiration and this was where Fentem found his second wind; in the final four overs of his spell he took six wickets for just four runs as Newark’s batting buckled. Three times he had the chance of a hat-trick and three times the batsmen held firm, but nonetheless he finished with the very impressive figures of 7-17.

Newark’s collapse was complete when the last man was well taken on the boundary by Matthew Fentem off Joe Creasey’s single delivery. Other fine catches from Henry Wood, Nick Bottomley, Olly Elson and Joe Creasey emphasised Belvoir’s sharpness in the field, but this time it was the quicker bowlers, Fentem and Ben Robinson (1-28), who led the way.

Olly Elson chipped in with one for 22 from his seven overs and Belvoir had unexpectedly won by 39 runs.

Grantham & Melton Association

Division Three

Wakerley & Barrowden 113

Croxton Kerrial 135-2

Croxton Kerrial won the toss and elected to field.

The visitors began well and despite losing White early, Green and Wilkins started to build a decent partnership. Wilkins, though, was undone by Barney Gott and after Green was caught by Parkman, the innings began to unravel.

Gott and Jack Dilloway ripped through the lower order, backed up by some excellent catching, especially from debutant Alex Robinson, reducing Wakerley to 133. Both bowlers also returned season best figures, Gott 4-18 and Dilloway 3-36.

In reply, the visitors soon had both openers back in the pavilion but an unbroken 108-run partnership between Chris Jeary (47no) and Leon Aylin (45no) saw Croxton home comfortably in the 32nd over.