CRICKET: Belvoir sizzle in the sun

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Grantham & Melton Association

Division Three

Barrowby 329-2

Melton Mowbray 126 all out

Barrowby produced a superb all-round performance to defeat Melton on a swelteringly hot day.

Having been put in to bat, Barrowby began at an alarming rate, with the returning C. Turner (55) biffing the strike bowlers to all parts. A. Barnes (137) and M. Veasey (95no) continued the early good progress as Barrowby reached 180-1 at the 20 over drinks break.

Barnes pulled, cut and swept his way towards a terrific ton, whilst Veasey murdered any over-pitched deliveries down the ground with alarming regularity. The pair produced a dominating 200 partnership, and set the home side a daunting target to chase.

Melton’s reply began poorly as T. McCartan (3-18) removed the openers with a fine demonstration of inswing bowling. S. Moore (47) was able to settle the innings down until L. Turner (4-23) and J. Creasey (2-19) began to take wickets at regular intervals, ensuring that Melton never threatened the target.

Division One

Sileby 202-6

Belvoir 157 all out

Sileby were asked to bat first on what appeared a green, seamer-friendly wicket. However, Sileby started confidently through Ruddle (22) and Charity, and were regularly finding the boundary.

But through the introduction of Lewis Dann, Sileby were reduced to 92-2 at drinks, with Ruddle and Gale (23) both falling victim to the off spinner. It was then the turn of Peter James (2-36) to get in to the action, who bowled particularly well, taking the wickets of Charity (45) and Hands inside the same over.

However, Sileby looked to rebuild through Dawson (50) and Preston (42), and managed to get themselves up to a respectable score.

In reply, Belvoir did not begin well with only two of the top five managing to reach double figures. Ryan Lewis (60) carried on his good form for the season, but was not supported for any length of time at the other end.

Harland (16), Ingram (21) and Gibson (19no) showed promise, but Belvoir were bowled out inside 33 overs.

South Notts League

Division B

Belvoir 210-8

Bottesford 159-8

Jack Copley (21) and Olly Clayfield (25) provided Belvoir with a good start until they both fell to the persistent Phil Irvine (2-68).

Their demise brought Lyndon James (70) and captain Tom Neville (46) together in a run-a-ball stand of 81. Both played clock golf with fours to all parts of the boundary taking it in turns to out-style each other.

The introduction of Danny Barrett (4-40) saw two wickets fall quickly but the bustling Chas Hubbard fed the strike to James who made 31 of a 41-run stand for the fifth wicket. James Ward (2-35) snapped up a couple of victims and keeper Dave Allen executed two very smart stumpings.

Danny Gibson (3-35) took wickets with consecutive balls in his third over to knock Bottesford back. James Ward (32), with demonstratively aggressive intent, fought back manfully but wickets fell around him and eventually he feathered a catch to keeper Danny Ross (4 catches).

At 59-5 after 20 overs, Bottesford were down. But they were not out. With Simon Claricoates (23) as the anchor, Phil Irvine (33) took the attack to Belvoir with some brutal hitting including one over of 18. Alas, for the visting team, he tried to go over the top once too often and was caught at mid-off by Fraser Fentem.

Jake Hutchinson (25 from 20 balls) then tried to out-bash Irvine before he fell to a fabulous catch at mid-off by Hubbard. Daniel Barrett and Lee Fazackerley saw Bottesford through the last 10 balls to secure the points for a losing draw, denying Belvoir their last bowling point.

Burrough & District League Cup

Semi-final

Barkby 171-4

Belvoir 123-8

Barkby won the toss and chose to bat first, hoping to put pressure on 10-man Belvoir.

Despite the early loss of Flowers, Barkby soon set about their work. Jack Berisford (55) and Ian Kirk (44) never let the bowlers settle, dispatching to all parts of the boundary to set up their innings for more of the same from the middle order. When both batsmen were dismissed inside the 13th over, the damage had been done, only for Wilkinson to rub salt in the wound, cantering to 41no.

In reply, , openers Lewis and Dann got off to a good start, giving Belvoir hope and keeping up with the rate until Lewis was run out for 11. Fellows and Dann continued the pursuit, putting on 76, before some very good bowling by Wilkinson restricted the flow and dismissed Fellows for 32 as a result.

With Lewis at the crease, Belvoir were always in with a shout, hitting some lusty blows, but an excellent spell by the experienced Flowers took the key wicket of Lewis (69), and closed the game out for the well deserved Barkby side,