CRICKET: Belvoir storm trooper sets a winning pattern
South Notts League
Storm trooper Danny Gibson bowled Josh Downie first ball and then caught a steepler off Joe Bottomley (2-17) in the second over to reduce Thurgarton to 2-2 and establish a pattern for the next couple of hours.
Greg Oldfield took a fine catch running in from point and proceeded to elicit an edge to the keeper in his first over. At the other end, in a penetrative spell, Phil Irvine (3-29) forced Thurgarton’s obdurate skipper Colin Cliffe (30) into a false shot that looped to mid-on.
Jacob Styles (22) tried to be aggressive and plonked one huge six over the boundary before he was first tied down and then bowled by Oldfield in a miserly spell of 11-5-24-4.
Styles was supported by a steadfast Will Crowder in an eighth wicket partnership of 32 as Thurgarton just made three figures.
Jack Copley (52no) and Olly Clayfield set about the 101 run target driving, cutting and pulling almost at will; with the 50 coming up from 47 balls before Sam Cliffe had Clayfield neatly pouched by his father Colin behind the stumps.
Copley just carried on, imperiously flicking the ball through mid-wicket and cutting a couple past backward point brining up his own 50 with a mighty six from his 42nd ball.
For the finale, Copley was joined by Oldfield (18 from 13 balls) who delighted the spectators with three imperious fours driven past mid-off. The last of these being the winning runs.