Belvoir victory goes down the final over
SNCL Division A
Belvoir 1st XI 308-2, Wollaton 1st XI 306-9.
Belvoir secured a majority of two over Wollaton in a batsmen’s match of 614 runs.
Olly Clayfield (retired hurt 69) and Lewis Dann (35) provided a solid start of 82 elegantly stroked runs, the pick of which was a silky Clayfield on drive.
Greg Oldfield’s century (102no) was pure enjoyment for the spectators.
Four of his six sixes peppered the mid-wicket boundary as he pull-drove with impunity.
The other feature of his innings were the 28 singles he manufactured to cleverly rotate the strike with Clayfield.
Tom Neville’s 28 continued to hurry the score along before he was stumped.
With eight overs to go, Jake Fisher, who ambled to 13 from his first 10 deliveries, crashed home 32 from his next 14.
This onslaught included two magnificent straight sixes.
Dan Andrew (39) and David Barr (37) took the shine off the ball in a punchy first wicket stand of 80, but the asking rate was increasing.
Tim Young (104) set about addressing that problem with a strike rate of 135.
This was a fantastic innings.
He didn’t have a choice - he had to score at over seven-per-over and that, against the nagging bowling of Oldfield and Andy Dann.
The contest was a delight and with 16 overs left, 133 were still required.
Phil Irvine then provided afine spell of bowling.
Wollaton debutant Hamish Llewelyn (43) had added 106 with Young for the third wicket when he became Irvine’s first victim - an excellent catch by Oldfield.
Another corker of a catch by Clayfield saw the end of Young and Nicky Kirkwood (34) took over as the main run-getter.
Irvine himself took a fine running catch in the deep of his brother Matt (2-32).
Then it was Oldfield again, catching brilliantly to dismiss Kirkwood.
James Cox (16) required yet another outstanding catch to see him off.
This time captain Lewis Dann provided the sticky mitts, leaving three balls and nine runs needed.
Callum Brown swiped a four, but Irvine held his nerve and only two singles were accrued from the remaining balls.
SLBL Division Two
Claypole 198-9, Belton Park 2nds 132.
Undefeated Claypole matrched on following a 66 run victory over Belton Park Seconds.
Claypole reached the 100 mark after just 15 overs, before skipper Andy Sheardown introduced himself into the attack and started to make inroads, returning excellent figures of 4-33 from 12 overs, including the key wicket of James King (67).
Reduced to 115-4, Claypole’s run rate was stifled as they took a more conservative approach to the rest of their innings.
Simon Martin (3-35) with his occasional spin, supported by a great team effort in the field, restricted Claypole to a total below 200 with Daniel Sullivan (22) and Rob Pealing (20) contributing to the total.
Belton made a cautious start against Chris Wharmby (2-22) and Adam Clarke (3-35) before the aggressive Simon Martin (36) threatened an upset before holing out with the score at 56-3.
With wickets then falling at regular intervals, Justin Helliwell with a quick fire 34 from 23 balls, supported by his son Tom (13), allowed Belton to reach a respectable reply.