Gunn & Moore South Nottinghamshire Cricket League
Belvoir 1st XI 173 - 6
Notts Unity Casuals 1st XI 171-4
BROTHERS Olly and James Clayfield combined for 116 runs as Belvoir came back from the brink to record a remarkable victory.
Notts Unity Casuals batted first but Belvoir bowler James Keywood (2-20) swiftly saw both opening batsmen back in the clubhouse before he tweaked his knee.
The second was courtesy of a fabulous, acrobatic catch at point by Olly Clayfield - one of the best catches in Belvoir cricket history according to those who witnessed it.
James Fellows kept the wickets coming with figures of 3-4 at one point.
Sam Cliff executed a brilliant run out from long on and Notts Unity were down to 7-71.
What followed was an example of the joy of English cricket. Dominic Terkowski (66) played an innings which was both gritty and swashbuckling at the same time.
His magnificent straight six was the shot of the day.
His sidekick, Dave Farmer (25no), played a supporting innings of calm tenacity. Their 99 run partnership had turned catastrophe into a very competitive score.
Captain James Marshall took 3 quick wickets and the naggingly accurate Tayyab Khan took a fourth as Belvoir endured an early collapse, stumbling to 4-31.
Then up stepped the Clayfield brothers, Olly (58) and James (58no). They accelerated gradually by simply knocking the ball around with pushes, flicks and glides - their joint 116 featured a solitary boundary.
The pair were parted at 112-5 and another wicket fell quickly.
But Sam Cliff hit 28 from 19 balls including two fours and two identical sixes over deep mid-wicket to seal the Belvoir win.
Belvoir’s late-season winning form has ensured safety in Division A and the club can now look to build for a strong run next season.
Club captain James Clayfield said: “I’m so proud of the guys. The team spirt, fight and character shown in these last five weeks has been outstanding.”