CRICKET: Belvoir emerge as clear winners
South Notts League
Belvoir 1st XI 234-8
Hoveringham 1st XI 105
Put into bat on a drying pitch and with a heavy outfield, Belvoir were made to work hard for their runs, but showed plenty of application in first accumulating and latterly accelerating.
Jake Fisher and Olly Clayfield made a steady start until Fisher fell for 11. Clayfield pressed on, first with Tom Neville, then in a 50-run partnership with Dan Wilson (15), before finally playing a false shot to be caught on 42.
Lewis Dann was busy, scoring his runs quickly, but was out for 17 before really getting going. In the meantime, Greg Oldfield stood firm, hitting the ball hard and selecting his shots with care.
He enjoyed fruitful partnerships with Ryan Lewis, who reached 18 before being run out after some hesitation, and Joe Bottomley (18), who proved the perfect foil for Oldfield, pushing single after single to give his partner the strike.
On reaching 50, Oldfield began to open up and a partnership of 55 finally came to an end when he holed out to long on for 65. Dan Gibson (9no) and Andy Dann (3no) saw out the remaining overs.
In reply, Gibson and Bottomley opened the bowling to good effect, conceding few runs and applying constant pressure, and picked up a wicket apiece. At 43-2 after 14 overs, Hoveringham were reasonably placed, though needed to up the pace.
For a while they did so, only to be brought crashing back to earth by a vintage spell of slow left arm bowling from Andy Dann. Despite conceding 10 runs in one over, he held his nerve and ended up with 6-17.
Gibson came back to finish with 2-10 off eight overs and thanks to some reliable catching from Fisher, Wilson and Lewis Dann, and a wicket from Oldfield, Hoveringham’s resistance crumbled to leave Belvoir clear winners.