South Notts League
The devilishly accurate Belvoir strike bowlers Danny Gibson (5-38) and Joe Bottomley (2-29) had seven Balderton batsmen back in their barracks for 35 runs in the 15th ove, six of whom were clean bowled.
However, with Chris Dobbie (62not out) still at the wicket, there was no guarantee of an early finish.
The Balderton captain was steadfast but not shy to hit the odd bad ball with authoritative aplomb. Indeed he dispatched the crafty Andy Dann (2-24) for a bruising six over long off.
But there had to be grit at the other end. Scott Barnsdale (11) was magnificently obdurate for 61 balls. Daniel Pinfold was less cautious for his 35 but seemed to be reining himself in at times in order to eke out as large a stand as possible (61 for the ninth wicket).
Belvoir’s fielding was always enthusiastic, the highlights being a direct hit run out by Gibson from long off, and an exemplary performance behind the stumps by Ryan Lewis (two catches and a stumping).
Chasing 146 to win, Belvoir’s one and two went along steadily at four-an-over. Lewis (41) was the more cavalier and managed a brace of consecutive fours straight down the ground which were a delight to behold.
Danny Wilson battled hard against some aggressive bowling and his 18 made no mean contribution to Belvoir’s platform for victory.
A twist – three wickets fell quickly giving cause for concern. Pinfold showed his all-round prowess with a nagging and, at times dangerous, spell of 10-1-28-2.
Belvoir needed steadying; enter vice-captain Lewis Dann. His 49no out was typical Dann – there is an electricity to his batting and his running between the wickets that lifts the whole game, not just the side for which he is playing. It is just a pity that he missed a well-deserved half-century.