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CRICKET: Belvoir take fight to Casuals before rain stops play

South Notts League

Division A

Belvoir 164

Notts Unity Casuals 79-6

(match abandoned – rain)

Coming in at the early fall of the first wicket, an aggressive Olly Elson (21) was obviously keen to get on with it and smacked three excellent fours before Nadim Ghani (2-20) bowled him with a Jaffa.

The elegant Olly Clayfield (23) carried on the good work until he became one of three victims of wicket-keeper Jawad Burney.

Clayfield’s departure coincided with the introduction of Tayyab Khan (3-43) who wreaked havoc with Belvoir’s middle order.

However, a pumped-up Phil Irvine (46) took the fight to the bowlers with a counter-punching performance that include two huge sixes, tonked over wide long-on.

His eighth wicket partnership with a dogged Jamie Gilbertson added 40 invaluable runs and a second bonus point before he fell to the tricky Wasim Karim (3-22).

When the Casuals batted, Danny Gibson and Joe Bottomley shared the first two wickets for not many before the Karim brothers, Wasim and Rahim, mounted a fightback.

This was short lived thanks to second change Irvine who took 2-12 in five miserly overs.

Bottomley (3-37) then reduced Notts Unity Casuals to 63-6, aided by a fabulous one-handed catch by Olly Clayfield, diving well to his right at point.

Rahul Saggar and Shahzad Ahmed blocked out another seven overs before it started to rain. It didn’t stop – match abandoned.

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