South Notts League
Gedling Colliery 104
Belvoir restricted Gedling to 104 by good fielding, excellent catching and surgical spin bowling.
Debutant Christo Botma took three good catches to get things going, but the pick was taken by Tom Neville who leapt high to grab a bullet one-handed at slip.
As for the bowling, Greg Oldfield’s 16-9-27-5 was a precision display. Yes, the ball was turning, but Oldfield’s mastery of flight and variations in the degree of rip were as subtle as the flavours produced by a cordon bleu chef. He was ably supported by a pumped-up Joe Bottomley (3-28).
Gedling’s batting was erratic with only Geoff Curtis (22no) able to deal with the bowling as he edged them past three figures. However, 104 did not seem enough.
Well it nearly was! Rhys Hayes (4-33) and Liam Brown (2-26) bowled with a purpose and reduced Belvoir to 6-59.
They were aided by a fine display of wicket-keeping by Curtis who took three catches). Then, Phil Irvine walked out to bat in his usual unassuming manner and promptly crashed seven exhilarating fours in a run-a-ball 34 not out.
However, it was not the fours but his attitude that really made the difference – gutsy and determined with no thought of failure. He joined Ryan Lewis (15) in a stand of 31 to bring Belvoir within 15 of victory and then punched three quick fours to complete it.