CRICKET: Welby stretch lead at top of table

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South Lincs and Border League

Division Two

Welby 151 all out

Cavaliers 34 all out

WELBY’S formidable first XI made it six straight wins for the season and opened up a 25-point lead at the top of the table.

Having lost the toss and been put in by the visitors, they worked hard with good early contributions from James Tickler (20) and Angus Youles (16). Michael Whatton (40) and Mike Gilbert (30) kept the scoreboard ticking over and when David Curran added an unbeaten 17 it looked like the home side were the happier team at tea.

Any fears of an away win evaporated almost immediately. Cavaliers’ batsmen were no match for Welby’s bowlers. Strikes Matt Orrey (4-8) and Fraser Sloss (1-6) demoralised the top order, with no more than a single scored from 19 overs.

There was no respite for Cavaliers with the introduction of spinners Curran (4-11) and Fergus Myles (1-5).

The visitors’ innings ended in the 28th over in as comprehensive a win for Welby as the score suggests.

South Notts League

Division D

Bottesford 173-6

Thrumpton 113 all out

WINNING the toss, Bottesford skipper Andy Norris decided to bat first in a game reduced to 40 overs per side due to inclement weather conditions.

On a difficult wicket Simon Claricoates (88) batted well and was supported by Jim Ward (27).

The Thrumpton reply never got of the ground and the pick of the Bottesford bowlers, Jake Hutchinson, finished with figures of 4-10 runs to seal another good win to help take his side to third in the league.

Belvoir 2nd 172-8

Kirkby Portland 118 all out

BELVOIR returned to winning ways with a good home win by 54 runs, despite losing the toss and being put in to bat with conditions favouring the bowlers.

New opener Matt Harland (20) and Lyndon James (17) set the tone with a 32-run partnership. This was carried on positively by top scorer Harry Adams who made 35, containing some fine straight drives amongst his six fours, and skipper John Copley with a quickfire 17.

All-rounders Ollie Elson (15), Paul Adams (29) and George Tebbutt (9no) increased the tempo to ensure a decent total was achieved.

Belvoir put in an excellent bowling performance, led by strike bowlers Fraser Fentem (1-16) and Alex Forbes (1-31) who restricted the scoring to well under three an over. Paul Adams’ (3-36) came on and bowled the threatening Jonathan Williamson for 27 and Ollie Elson (2-20) then bowled opener Luke Gregory (47) with his canny off-spin.

Two good catches off the accurate Adams then gave Belvoir complete control. George Tebbutt wrapped up the innings in fine style by bowling out three batsmen in two overs with full straight balls.

Division H

Thrumpton 2nd 107 all out

Bottesford 2nd 109-2

BOTTESFORD skipper Dan Robinson decided to put Thrumpton in to bat on what was a dampish wicket.

Their only got going in the middle order with Samir Ahmed scoring 33 before he to was stumped by the ever vigilant Dave Charlesworth. Nick Proverbs (19) and Gary Miller(15) also contributed but Simon Silverwood (2-10), Dan Barratt (2-23), Dan Robinson (3-44) and Mike Haskins (3-29) reduced Thrumpton to from the agreed reduced 36 overs.

The target was never going to be enough for Bottesford who won comfortably by eight wickets in 21.2 overs. Nick Silverwood (14), Simon Rickett (24), Paul Claricoats (29no) and Ian Seymour (34no) helped take Bottesford to second in the league.

Newark Colts Youth League

Under-15

Flintham 48 all out

Bottesford 49-6

BATTING first in difficult batting conditions in the rain Flintham struggled to score and some effective bowling saw Dan Barratt take 2-5 and Dan Copley 2-10 off their three overs.

Harry Legg swept up the tail taking 2-1 off the final over.

In reply, the Bottesford had to grind out a result with Harry Legg (10) and Will Seymour (10) the only batsmen in the game to reach double figures in a score of 49-6.

Bottesford 48 all out

Keyworth 50-2

BOTTESFORD’S unbeaten record came to an emphatic end with a home defeat to Keyworth, the league’s only other undefeated side.

Batting first on a good surface, Bottesford side collapsed with only Will Seymour (10) showing any real resistance.

Bottesford managed to regain some pride with a good performance in the field, including debutant Tom Marshall.

However, Keyworth cruised to victory in just 11 overs.