CRICKET: Belvoir put on back foot after promising start

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South Notts League

Division A

Ellerslie 245-9

Belvoir 128

Danny Gibson and Joe Bottomley knocked over the Ellerslie openers for four runs before Hamish Moore (78) settled in to play a cerebral and well-judged innings.

He dominated stands of 41, 41 and 38 with Ellerslie’s middle order before being joined by Dan Footitt (65).

The latter’s innings was, in contrast, a lightning storm of fours and sixes. He, at last, fell to a good catch in the deep by Josh Sharpe to end a spree of 20 runs in four balls.

Belvoir’s bowling was, as usual, rugged and persevering. Greg Oldfield (4-45) bowled his 16 overs straight through, including a splendid caught and bowled to dismiss Moore.

Bottomley also took a return catch of miraculous proportions. Fourteen late runs came from the uber-scamperer Mohammed Raza who stole several ridiculous singles before being well run out by Jack Copley.

In reply, Belvoir came up against an accurate and vigorous Ellerslie attack.

Sharpe, Oldfield and Copley got in and got out in the teens while, at the other end, Dan Wilson grafted for his 18 before being seventh out at 74.

Much of the damage was done by Footitt (3-33) who bowled, as he had batted; and Suman Shrestha (3-36) whose spinners were delivered with nagging intelligence.

However, there was stubborn resistance from Ryan Lewis (35) and Phil Irvine (23) who added 48 for the eighth wicket. Neither was capable of meekly yielding the field to an enemy, but the return of the miserly Moore with a second spell of 3-4 four wrapped things up.

Also of note were three good catches behind the stumps by the Ellerslie captain, John Wakeling.