CRICKET: Murdoch hacks ‘Bucky’ to league title with maiden century

Buckminster's maiden century man Jonny Murdoch.

Buckminster's maiden century man Jonny Murdoch.

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Grantham & Melton Association

Division One

Buckminster 252-6

Bottesford 135 all out

BUCKMINSTER confirmed themselves as champions with this victory following another big effort from their batsmen.

It was Jonny Murdoch’s turn to take the plaudits with an unbeaten 147, his maiden century.

Murdoch received solid support from Jack Berry (22) and Tim Gadsby (24no). Dan Robinson took the best figures for Bottesford with 2-3.

Andrew Staveley top scored with 35 for Bottesford as Ian Garrett (3-57) and Berry (3-18) saw Buckminster home and to the GMCA Division One title.

Barkby 93-1

Belton Park 89 all out

BATTING first, Belton were soon in trouble, losing opener R. Cocks in the seventh over and the wickets of N. Law, D. Turner and M. Cocks in the eighth.

Abeysekera had a useful knock of 20 and A. Sharpe reached 17 after hitting four fours. A. Ward (7no) finally ran out of partners.

and the innings closed on 89.

Barkby’s reply opened with two of their promising juniors in Conor Percy and Jack Wilkinson, this partnership almost seeing them home.

Percy fell for 25 leaving Wilkinson (54no) and and Ben Hinchcliffe (9no) to see Barkby home in 17.3 overs, with T. Oates taking the only wicket.

Harlaxton 44 all out

Kinoulton 46-0

KINOULTON made the trip to Harlaxton with several players still missing, but still proved far too strong for the hosts.

Stand-in captain Shaun Campbell won the toss and the hosts were asked to bat on a green wicket. Will Minchin and Campbell opened the attack and used the new ball and conditions to their advantage, backed by some sharp fielding.

Minchin soon trapped Davidson (4) lbw to a ball which kept low and the same bowler had Sharp caught behind by stand-in keeper Tariq. Campbell had Chalk caught by Mohammed at wide mid-on, and the same combination dismissed Stevenson (11).

After Minchin had bowled Averill and Leadenham was run out, both for nought, Harlaxton were 30-6 as the openers finished their spells. Holmes joined Ashraf and it was the former who ended the innings, having Parker (6) caught in the deep by Minchin before bowling Geeson as the hosts were skittled for 44.

With regular openers Richards and Fix missing, Tariq and Singlehurst stood in and were soon in their stride, punishing the bad ball and sealing victory in the 11th over.

Division Two

Whissendine 230-7

Barrowby 189-8

WHISSENDINE came out on top in a hard fought contest with Barrowby

Bowling first on a flat track, Barrowby toiled as the home side began at a fast pace with skipper M. Winn (70) in an aggressive mood. Whissendine were pegged back by decent spells by S. Sackey (2-40) and A. Barnes (2-33), as runs became harder to come by with the ball becoming older.

Some late blows by the tail ensured that Whissendine produced an impressive total, but with a quick outfield and the pitch still good, Barrowby still fancied their chances.

The reply began strongly with a partnership of 79 between Barnes and L. Oates (16) as Barrowby kept up with the rate early on. Barnes was ably supported by A. Green who scored a brutal 44 and positioned his side as favourites with 10 overs remaining.

The fall of Barnes (88) signalled the end of Barrowby’s chances as M. Starkey (5-44) bowled his side towards victory. Some fine stroke play late on from S. Jepson (24no) could not prevent Barrowby from sliding to defeat.

Notts Cricket Board

Premier League

Wollaton 210 all out

Belvoir 184 all out

ASKED to bat, Wollaton were up against some top bowling from Sam Cliff and Lee Fazackerley. Cliff hit the stumps twice and then caught Elliott off Fazackerley.

With a couple of wickets by Scott Boswell and Matt Irvine snaring Elliott, the drinks break arrived with the score on 80-6. King and Owen dug in to exasperate the Belvoir bowlers and frustration at the mounting score became evident. Boswell (3-29) was the pick of the bowlers.

Belvoir’s batsmen struggled to see off the Wollaton strike bowlers, and once Landa was bowled for 10, the wickets fell at all too regular intervals.

Darren Bicknell stood tall against the onslaught, but no one could stay with him. Excitement began on the boundary edge as first Matt Irvine with 20 and then Ryan Lewis lasted for a while, enabling Bicknell to close in on the target.

With last man Fazackerley accompanying him, Bicknell went for broke with boundary shots. But it came to an end with 11 balls left, Bicknell scoring 97 from 102 balls.

South Notts League

Division G

Oxton 123 all out

Belvoir 2nd 124-4

BELVOIR became league champions with two games to spare.

With Belvoir losing the toss again, relegated Oxton decided to bat first. Belvoir’s bowlers were in fine form, taking wickets at regular intervals with Keyword taking 3-42, Elson 2-24, Irvine 2-33 and leading league wicket taker 16-year-old Dan Gibson 2-21.

Two fine catches by Pat Dyer behind the stumps helped the cause and restricted Oxton to 123 all out.

In reply, Belvoir set off at a rapid pace with Jack Copley scoring a quick fire 33 before being caught and bowled. The loss of another cheap wicket brought in Tony Dyer who bludgeoned a top score of 61no for Belvoir to reach target in only 19 overs.

Division M

Belvoir 3rd 204-6

Farndon 102 all out

BELVOIR’S 11th win of the season guaranteed them their fourth consecutive promotion.

A depleted Belvoir side were asked to bat and raced to 71 before Alex Forbes went for 19, the main contributor of this partnership being Sam Penford who made a very good 54 before being stumped. The ever reliable Steve Cartledge (33) came to the crease and increased his tally as the divisions leading run scorer.

Some late order hitting from 15-year-old Josh Taylor (25no) and some inventive reverse stroke play from keeper Harry Beckett (26no) pushed Belvoir over the 200 mark.

In reply, Josh Taylor and Luke Holdsworth bowled a fantastic first 10 overs, removing the Farndon top three before the score reached 30. Gary Fellows then came into the attack and bowled his 12 overs straight through to finish with figures of 12-4-33-4. Alex Forbes (1-23) was unlucky not to end with more wickets. John Gulson finished things off with two quick wickets.

South Lincs & Border League

Division Two

Ropsley 67 all out

Heckington 68-7

ROPSLEY lost the toss and were put into bat by Heckington. A steady start by Andrew Jones (10) and Angus Youles (10), followed by a useful innings from Adrian Sleaford (18), was followed by another collapse.

Only Ted Bloodworth (8) and Fraser Sloss (8) and James Longden (1) added runs as the home team posted a target of 67 runs for the visitors to chase after tea. In hindsight 100 would probably have been a reasonable score.

To their credit, Ropsley gave it their best shot and when Heckington hit the winning run their first seven batsmen had already been dismissed. Angus Youles took 4-28 and Fergus Myles 3-18. The home side gave very little away and all three difficult catches were held, two by Youles and one by Bloodworth.