South Notts League
Ellerslie 2nd 83 all out
BOTTESFORD needed a total of six points to confirm their promotion, having been in second place for a number of weeks.
They lost the toss and were put in to bat on a slightly damp and bowler-friendly wicket. Bottesford made slow progress but opener Simon Claricoates hung in for 37, assisted by Jim Ward (23) and solid contributions from the middle and lower order.
Lee Fazackerley hit a six in the last over to give Bottesford an extra batting point.
Ellerslie began their run chase steadily and Bottesford were unable to take early wickets.
After 13 overs, Alisdair Culpin was tossed the ball and continued his excellent form with a match-winning spell of 5-25 from his 12 overs. He was well supported at the castle end by Ward (2-17-8) and Fazackerley who gave nothing away with (1-9-6). Culpin ran out of overs and it was left to strike bowlers Jake Hutchinson and Phil Irvine to grab a wicket apiece to wrap the Ellerslie innings up well short of Bottesford’s total.
The victory gave Bottesford a total of 19 points, more than enough to confirm their promotion, and other results crowned them champions.
West Bridgford Legion 144-6
Bottesford 2nd 145-7
BOTTESFORD 2nd went into the final game of the season with promotion already secured thanks to a resounding home win versus Gedling and Sherwood 2nd the previous Saturday.
Once again skipper Dan Robinson won the toss and elected to bowl. This looked to be a good decision when the opposition were restricted 56-2 from the first 31 overs, despite many missed chances in the field, but a middle order fight back pushed the total somewhat higher.
In reply, a reshuffled batting order got off to a poor start, leaving Bottesford 52-5 from 20 overs. The innings got back on track thanks to a 73-run partnership between Mike Fowler (67) and Dave Charlesworth (22), which the tail managed to capitalise on to take their side over the line with one ball to spare.
Bottesford finished as runners-up in Division H.
South Lincs & Border League
Grantham 147 all out
Moulton Harrox 148-6
GRANTHAM lost wickets at regular intervals but thanks to an excellent batting performance by Stewart Mudie (72) and a cameo by Danny Ashley (35), they managed a modest total .
In reply, Moulton Harrox got of to a shaky start with the loss of two early wickets thanks to excellent bowling by Ashley and Adam Parker. Jack Barnatt (95no) steadied the ship to ensure victory for Moulton.
Spalding 2nd 72 all out
A FANTASTIC unbeaten century from Darren Bradbury and a ruthless performance in the field secured the title for Welby.
Batting first against their closest rivals, Welby amassed a healthy total that, despite the previous weeks good weather, offered plenty of encouragement for the bowlers.
The innings revolved around a knock of 102 not out from Darren Bradbury and his second-wicket partnership of 140 with James Tickler (44).
In reply, Spalding came out fighting but this only contributed to their swift demise as first Orrey (2-21), then Sloss (2-20) and finally Whatton (4-6) helped to round off a faultless performance in the field.
Welby will be seeking to maintain their record as the only unbeaten side in the Lincolnshire leagues system.
A MAGNIFICENT 132 from Angus Youles vindicated Welby’s decision to bat first against lowly Sholay.
Further contributions from Meadows, Whatton and Myles, plus some unexpected late-order hitting from diminutive skipper Sloss (44no), saw Welby post an imposing total. Star of the show was undoubtedly Youles whose knock included 24 fours and three sixes.
In reply, Sholay stayed in touch through most of their innings but thanks to some superb fielding by teenage boundary riders Josh Lord and James Handley, they needed a massive 114 from their last 10 overs.
The final nail in the Sholay coffin came when Whatton returned for the penultimate over to claim an unlikely hat trick. Further wickets fell in the last over to Fraser Sloss (4-36).
Grantham 2nd 96 all out
BOSTON batted steadily throughout their innings on a good Gorse Lane wicket and quick outfield.
On his return to the Grantham side after 30 years, Simon Clark took 3-51 off 10 overs, supported by Tom McCartan’s 2-41 and 11 overs from Harvey Stevens at only two per over. Grantham’s batsman struggled to turn starts into sufficient scores, reaching only 96 all out, including Austen Imber (17), Alex Hackney (16) and Stevens (15).
Grantham & Melton Association
Kinoulton 158 all out
BARROWBY made it two on the trot in another close finish at Kinoulton.
Bowling first, Barrowby made decent early inroads and reduced Kinoulton to 90-8, with G. Green (3-41) and A. Barnes (3-30) producing some good figures.
Kinoulton rallied late on and managed to scratch their way to 158 thanks to N. Oxby (31).
Barrowby’s reply started shakily as they lost regular wickets.
However, a well-paced knock from Barnes (79) enabled Barrowby to inch their way to the target, with help from all-rounder P. Green (19).
Woolsthorpe 63 all out
THE only Whissendine batsman to bother the bowlers early on was Matt Winn who went on to score 52 until caught on the boundary by Ian Whatton off the bowling of Woolsthorpe skipper Jim Ward.
After 32 overs, Whissendine were nine wickets with only 115 runs on the board, but Johnny Bingham 23no and Brian Bates 9no stayed standing till the end.
Whissendine went out to defend their total and with tight bowling and with good fielding from all, they dismissed Woolsthorpe easily. Pick of the Whissendine bowlers was Andrew Bates (6-13) who took a hat trick.
Foston 128 all out
Croxton Kerrial 131-8
CROXTON gained revenge for a narrow defeat two weeks ago at the hands of Foston.
The decision to bowl was soon vindicated as Foston had no answer to the bowling of Dave Crossland (2-9) and Anthony Richardson (3-32). The second string maintained the pressure through Durrant (1-25), Dowse (1-14) and Aylin (3/32), with only Warren (30) for Foston managing to make a score of real note.
In reply, Croxton were always ahead of the run rate, punishing any wayward bowling, with all batsmen making valuable contributions. Cockerton removed the first three batsmen and R. Marris picked up 3-17.
In the end, it was the evergreen Chris Jeary (25no) that saw Croxton home with eight overs to spare.