CRICKET: Belvoir win old fashioned battle of bat and ball

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South Notts League

Division A

Thurgarton 199

Belvoir 200-6

There was a good old fashioned cricket battle between bat and ball as Thurgarton’s top order garnered 111 in the first 20 overs.

Josh Downie (36) was going well when he gloved a ball to Josh Sharpe at gully.

James Taylor (30) was playing in a more measured style when he suddenly skied a ball to Joe Bottomley at deep square leg, and captain Sam Cliffe helped himself to three successive boundaries before edging a catch to slip, where Tom Neville did well to get down low to his right.

The middle order were unable to keep up the run rate as Belvoir’s Sultan of Spin Olly Elson put the brakes on with a fine spell (13-5-21-2). It was he who had the obdurate Mansoor Khan (36)out, eventually lbw to a beautiful delivery.

Some lusty blows from Jacob Styles edged Thurgarton towards a fourth batting bonus point, but he was brilliantly caught at point by Greg Oldfield and the innings closed on 199.

Aaman Singh (2-44) took two wickets in the ninth over to set Belvoir’s chase back at 22-2.

However, this saw Oldfield march out to join Jack Copley (38). This pair righted the listing ship with a stand of 64, before Copley fell to Matt Brown’s aggressive seamers.

Downie (2-32) picked up a couple of cheap wickets and all of a sudden Belvoir were 118-5.

Fortunately, Ryan Lewis (23) stood up to be counted with a typical display of batting grit as he and Oldfield added 46 hard fought runs, before the ferocious but unlucky Styles had him caught behind.

It was then Phil Irvine’s turn to show some bottle with a sensible occupation of the crease that allowed Oldfield not only to dash and smash the runs for the win, but also to complete his own ton with a huge six to mid-wicket.