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Belvoir CC pushed to last three balls of the day




Chas Hubbard racking up 35 runs for Belvoir on Saturday. Photo: Toby Roberts (2860665)
Chas Hubbard racking up 35 runs for Belvoir on Saturday. Photo: Toby Roberts (2860665)

South Notts League

Division A

Belvoir 280-7

Kimberley 2nd 270

Another day’s engrossing cricket at Belvoir saw the home side’s second win of the season.

This time the opponents were a doughty Kimberley team who pushed them to the last three balls of the day.

Belvoir batted first and started calmly against some tight bowling. Chas Hubbard (35) mixed exemplary patience with moments of bravado. At 48-2, he was joined by Lewis Dann in a stand of 59. Dann, at this stage, was batting with measured aggression.

Hubbard’s wicket, the first of two taken by a dogged John Terry, heralded a series in which batsmen got in and got out at regular intervals. Dann, playing some delightful strokes round the clock, stood firm and passed his 50 from 65 balls.

The advent of Belvoir’s own buccaneer Joe Bottomley (34) brought about a rapid acceleration in the run rate. Dann joined in with gusto, taking liberties with even the good balls and bring up a wonderful unbeaten 112 from a further 41 balls.

In reply, Kimberley raced along at five per over, largely thanks to Buhadur Singh Digwa (39) who looked as if he would take the game away from Belvoir single-handedly until he was stumped by Ryan Lewis in one of the seminal moments of the game.

Bottomley and Fraser Fentem (2-30) took two wickets apiece but at 116-4, Kimberley’s run rate was approaching 5.5 per over and Danny Williams (66) and John Terry (57) set about upping it.

However, in the middle of the ensuing run maelstrom, there was a passage of six overs from Danny Gibson and Bottomley that conceded only 20 runs, pushing the asking rate up to six. This may have seemed minor, but the extra pressure told as both batsmen fell, caught behind by Lewis off the lively Phil Irvine (3-54).

Kruthar Dave and Adam Majid tried to keep up the chase but back came Bottomley (5-70) to take an unassisted hat-trick, and Kimberley were 242-9 needing 39 from five overs.

The redoubtable Khan and number 11 Sukdeep Sidhu could have settled for the losing draw but, instead, displayed admirable fight, thumping their way to within 11 of a win before Irvine clean bowled Khan to win the game for Belvoir.



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