CRICKET: 606 runs make for great day’s entertainment and a winning draw for Belvoir
South Notts League
After Wollaton had inserted Belvoir, Richard Adams (4-101) soon had the home team two wickets down.
From then on, it was all about the bat. Well, two bats in fact. One belonged to a vigorous Josh Sharpe (88) who took single after single through the offside, while punctuating those with seven of his 11 fours fairly thumped through mid-wicket.
The other bat belonged to Greg Oldfield (188 from 128 balls) who was simply imperious. (His final 88 came off just 36 balls). The principal victims were Adams and Mustafa Iqbal (2-113) who both showed immense fortitude and stamina under this merciless barrage.
Oldfield was a latter day Samson. Ten times he cleared the boundary between mid-wicket and deep mid-on. Things nearly became worse for Wollaton when skipper Tom Neville came in and immediately kicked off. However, he was neatly pouched after scoring 29 from 16 balls.
In reply, Wollaton captain David Barr (100) set about securing as many points for his team as he could. Not that he was particularly cautious, as his tally of 16 fours showed. Many of these had a distinct element of class about them.
However, after completing his ton, he must have lost concentration and holed out to a good catch in the deep by Phil Irvine.
His partner in a second wicket spree of 165 runs was a dashing Ian Dodd (67), some of whose boundaries were especially pleasing to watch.
In a vain sally to tempt Wollaton into chasing the target, Belvoir put on a selection of part-time bowlers and, in the end, all 11 of the team had a go.
However, with five overs left, Wollaton were still only two wickets down. Enter Oldfield again, coming back on to win a couple of bowling bonus points for Belvoir with a spell of 3-16.
Six-hundred-and-six runs, 72 fours and 13 sixes added up a great day’s entertainment at Knipton, and a winning draw for Belvoir.