CRICKET: Belton Park reply is an uphill struggle

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South Lincs & Border League

Division Two

Claypole 206-8

Belton Park 2nd 130

On a difficult wicket, the division’s front runners Claypole found runs difficult to come by early on, as Belton’s bowlers restricted them to 65-2 by the half way stage of their innings, with Dean Revill having to retire hurt on 21.

The game then changed as James King smashed a quickfire 56 in 39 balls, supported by opener Chris Wharmby with a patient 44.

The pick of Belton’s bowlers was Tom Oates with 4-55 in his first game for more than a year, supported by the promising 14-year-old James Ward (2-46 off nine overs) as Claypole ran up a competitive score of 206-8.

As the wicket continued to deteriorate, Belton faced an uphill task.

Excellent bowling by Adam Clarke (5-9) helped reduce Belton to 58-5, including the dangerous Simon Martin who was adjudged LBW for 12.

There then followed a recovery as opener Richard Cocks (35) and Jonathan O’Shea-Pilkington, with an aggressive 33 in 34 balls, took the score to 111 before the innings subsided to 130 all out, giving Claypole a comfortable victory.