CRICKET: Belvoir triumph by single run

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South Notts League

Division A

Belvoir 120 all out

Ellerslie 119 all out

IN a game of only 239 runs, every one is precious.

James Needle’s patient 28, Tony Dyer’s even more patient 14 and Sam Cliff’s vigorous 15 were all vital to Belvoir but it was number nine Scott Boswell’s powerful but flowing 30 from 31 balls) that made them competitive.

When Ellerslie replied, James Keywood had both openers back in the pavilion with the score at 12-2. Mierkalns and Holliday (14) then put on 47 for the third wicket before a Fraser Fentem wonder catch broke it up.

Sam Cliff (4-51) and Scott Boswell (3-31) then bowled to the end. Boswell’s spell of 14 straight overs was a highly disciplined effort regularly punctuated with unplayable balls. Cliff’s first spell had been parsimonious but his second was a highly intelligent, though still intensely aggressive, mixture of temptation and trap.

Division D

Bottesford 212-9

Long Whatton 132 all out

BOTTESFORD won the toss and did not hesitate to bat on a hot and humid day.

But Bottesford lost three early wickets, and at 40-3 skipper Andy Norris was left wondering if he had made the right decision.

Bottesford soon pulled the innings back round with opener Jake Fisher and James Ward putting a partnership of 98 together before Fisher was dismissed for 58. Ward continued his excellent form before being given out LBW to Alex Lester for 77.

Dave Allen continued to keep the scoreboard moving quickly with a quick-fire 24 and there were further solid contributions from the lower order.

In reply, Long Whatton made a steady start. Bottesford’s strike bowlers kept things tight

but were unable to get through to the middle order. Alisdair Culpin then bowled an excellent spell to finish with figures of 5-24 off his 12 overs, backed up well at the other end by Lee Fazackerly who beat the bat on countless occasions and finished with 3-30 off 10.

Division H

Ruddington 70 all out

Bottesford 71-5

ON a damp green track, Bottesford skipper Dan Robinson won the toss and inserted the 10-man opposition.

This proved fruitful as Ruddington were skittled out for 70, with all four of the bowlers used taking a share of the spoils.

Needing to knock the target off inside 18 overs to secure promotion, the Bottesford chase faltered as both openers departed for ducks.

Three further wickets fell before Mike Fowler (24no) and Dave Charlesworth (6no) put on a partnership of 32 to see the visitors home inside 22 overs.

Bottesford need only two points from their last two games to gain promotion.

South Lincs & Border League

Division Two

Baston 117 all out

Welby 118-3

A SEVEN-wicket win at lowly Baston ensured that Welby remained top to maintain their push for promotion.

Despite it being the hottest day of the year so far, skipper Whatton won the toss and elected to bowl, a decision made necessary by the dubious looking Baston track.

Despite the heat, Welby made early inroads through strike pair Whatton (2-20) and Durham (2-16). Once again the introduction of spin saw wickets fall quickly but unfortunately both Wilson (2-14) and Curran (1-24) proved expensive on a pitch where runs were hard to come by.

A Baston fightback saw them reach three figures, but by now tight bowling in a return spell from Whatton had given erstwhile number three spinner Youles the opportunity to strike, taking 3-9 to wrap up the Baston innings. Two good catches from Dave Sumner, a juggled one from Si Meadows, and tidy keeping in difficult conditions from Spence, helped to ensure that Welby spent no longer than necessary in the blistering heat. 

After tea the Welby side re-entered the furnace to watch Tickler and Youles grind out a steady start. Youles’s departure for 11 brought Si Meadows (31) to the crease and in company with Tickler (40), the run rate increased steadily.

Both men fell in quick succession, leaving Gilbert and Whatton to take Welby over the finish line.

Division Three

Grantham 137 all out

Friskney 138-0

AFTER fending off excellent swing bowling from Friskey’s experienced opener, Grantham’s batsmen progressed steadily, but once past the top order, wickets fell. Austen Imber hit 57, Jeff Nicholls 23 and Alex King 18.

Friskney reached the 137 total without loss of wicket, but Grantham’s young attack of Ryan Wilson-Law, Alex Hackney and debutant Jared Hackney, repeatedly saw aerial shots just fall short of catchers.

Grantham & Melton Association

Division One

Whissendine 103 all out

Bottesford 104-1

WHISSENDINE won the toss and decided to bat.

Fifteen-year-old Danny Barratt was handed the new ball to open the bowling for the first time for the Sunday XI eleven. This proved profitable as Whissendine lost early wickets, with Barratt finishing his spell with 3-18 off seven overs.

With the help of good fielding and contributions from all bolwers, including a debut wicket for George Crowther, Whissendine found it difficult to have an impact.

Bottesford openers Ian Hewson and Jake Fisher quickly set about chasing the total. Fisher was on 25 after just five scoring shots and with clean hitting from Hewson, a rate of more than seven an over was achieved.

Fisher managed a solid 59 before being stumped in the 14th over with the score on 99. The dismissal of Fisher gave way to a debut from 14-year-old James Moody who put in a solid performance whilst aiding Hewson to victory in 15.3 overs.

Barrowby 81 all out

Ashby Carington 83-0

BARROWBY skipper Barnes chose to bat on a green looking wicket and immediately found the Ashby strike bowlers difficult to score off.

Only Barrowby number three Green, put up any resistance with a breezy 37.

In reply, Taral Naik and Alan Smith saw Ashby home by 10 wickets with Smith unbeaten on 22 and Naik with a eye-watering 56 scored off only 22 balls.

Division Two

Harlaxton 217-8

Tilton & Lowesby 212

LOWLY Harlaxton ended Tilton’s three-and-a-half year unbeaten league record with a thrilling five-run victory in a game they seemed destined to lose.

Limping along at 62-6, the tide turned when Steve Averill (38) joined the excellent Chris Davidson (64no) to put on a fluent 73 for the seventh wicket.

Alex Kettle (18) helped add a further 35 for the eighth wicket and the score was made a more testing one when Neil Stevenson (28no) took 18 off the last over – including an audacious reverse sweep for four, and a towering six.

Tilton lost Snaith third ball to Davidson but the free-scoring home side still looked favourites at 159-4 with nine overs to go.

Miles (53), Voss (37) and Elliott (39) all batted well but Stevenson then returned to the attack and despite a brave late onslaught from Stimson (30) wrapped the game up with five wickets.

Grantham 226-4

Welby 147 all out

GRANTHAM won the toss and batted first but lost H. Nichols early for 12.

A. Shaw scored a breezy 32 but was merely the supporting role as Stewart Mudie stroked his was way to a second century in two games with an elegant 125no.

After tea, wickets fell regularly through Ashley (2), Markovic (2), Stevens and Wing. Grantham also fielded well and managed two run-outs.

At 130-8, youngster J. Hackney (1-6) came on and took his first wicket for the men’s Sunday team, and he was later awarded the match ball.

Chingy also weighed in with a wicket resulting in Welby falling 79 runs short in their run chase. The Welby runs came for Thompson 26 and Wilson 27.

Sholay 178 all out

Belton Park 181-5

BELTON took the field with seven players but were soon in the game with Tom Oates bowling Picher in the third over with one that moved off the seam. The Sholay batsmen consolidated against some tight bowling by Oates and Sharp, scoring at just over a run an over for the first 13 overs.

The runs kept on coming until A. Patel was caught by Abeyskera off the bowling of Dan Turner, his first of three wickets). With five overs to go, the miserly Tom Oates came back into the attack and completed his first adult hat-trick, and triple wicket maiden.

Belton’s openers set about the Sholay attack from the off. Sharp and Turner scored at a fierce pace before Sharp was out in the seventh over with the score on 49. Turner continued in the same way before being bowled by a Panchal yorker for 58.

Two more quick wickets fell but 100 years’ of experience, in the form of Abey and Doc Cocks, saw Belton to within 16 runs of victory before Abey was out LBW to Mistry. Doc saw Belton home with a trademark glance down to fine leg for four runs.

Division Three

Croxton 111 all out

Foston 116-4

FOSTON recorded a long overdue win over Croxton with overs to spare as Marris took a career best 5-32.

Croxton were ripped apart by Marris who stood up to the plate in the absence of Foston’s strike bowler Cockerton.

Foston feared the worst when their talisman bowler was unavailable but the second string attack performed well.

In reply, Foston’s openers reverted to form with just 26 runs between the first three, however old-timer Carpenter managed to forge a partnership with Warren and steered the visitors to a win with more than 13 overs to spare.