CRICKET: Relegated Belvoir win final league match

Notts Cricket Board

Premier League

Belvoir 206-7

Mansfield Hosiery Mills 187-9

HAVING decided to make first use of the Belvoir wicket, the home side’s opening partnership was broken on 30 when Gurpej Landa was adjudged LBW for 18 with the score on 30.

Former Nottinghamshire’s Darren Bicknell came to the crease and uncharacteristically struggled to get to grips with the slow pace of the wicket. With the score on 100, Bicknell fell LBW, tantalisingly seven runs short of 1,000 Premier League runs for the season, but still the league’s leading runs scorer and with the top average.

With their talisman gone, the middle order functioned well. James Needle top scored with 57 which included some exquisite drives, hitting the boundary nine times. Olly Clayfield (41) and Sam Cliff (22) were the main contributors to a total of 206.

With hopes held high, Belvoir took to the field with confidence that belied their league position. This was justified when the score hit 56-3.

However, it was not until the 100 mark that the wickets began to fall at more regular intervals. Despite the loss of six wickets after 40 overs, the “Hosieries” were only eight runs behind Belvoir at the same point.

But the progress could not be sustained and Phil Irvine continued his recent fine form, picking up four wickets. Strike bowler Lee Fazackerley took his 40th wicket of the Premier League campaign – the seventh best in the league.

Belvoir’s first excursion in the Premier League has now ended with relegation. But much has been learned from the experience with the realisation that hard work and a new organisation will have to be in place for the next time.

South Lincs & Border League

Division Two

Cavaliers 182 all out

Ropsley 89 all out

ROPSLEY skipper Angus Youles lost the toss and the visitors elected to bat.

Despite accurate bowling from Youles and Steve Cook Ropsley only had a single wicket to show from the first eighteen overs, Youles trapping opener Kennedy LBW.

Fourteen year old Josh Lord then took over at the pavillion end and aided by the outstanding Ralph Bradley behind the stumps, dismissed five Cavaliers batsmen, rounding off his maiden five for by taking the prize wicket of the experienced Robinson.

Fergus Myles picked up wicket number seven, Andrew Jones eight and nine before Youles dismissed the talented Jamie Hayes to close the visitors’ innings in the 44th over.

Ropsley’s response after tea got off to a stuttering start, and with the only four recognised batsmen in the side departing for a combined 23 runs (Jones getting 16 of those), the uphill struggle facing the tail end was now nigh on impossible.

After Dave Rohland pitched in with six runs and Bill Lord did not trouble the scorer, the tail started to wag. Ken Garner and Steve Cook smashed 19 runs apiece in an entertaining spell, then teenage duo Josh Lord (6) and Fergus Myles (10) pushed the score along to 89 before Myles was unluckily bowled by Lee Kennedy’s first ball.

Finally in came last minute sub Terry Myles still looking for his first run of 2011. Two defensive shots, a miss and a wide followed a mishit that soared into the air. Rather than run Myles chose to watch the opposition players deciding who was going to take the catch.

In the confusion, the easiest of catches was spilled and the chance to trouble the scorer was lost. The next ball demolished the wicket.