CRICKET: Weather is the only victor in Belvoir game

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South Notts League

Division A

Belvoir 176

Wollaton 161-5

Wollaton inserted Belvoir under a louring sky and Mustafa Iqbal soon had two wickets to his name in an accurate and guileful opening spell.

However, Tom Neville (24) and Greg Oldfield (48) added 58 with a mixture of hard-hit boundaries and excellent running between the wickets.

An hour’s break for rain livened up the pitch with Iqbal (4-39) garnering another two victims and James Cox (3-37) picking up a trio of late wickets.

Praise is also due to Belvoir’s top scorer ‘Eric Extra’ who contributed 56 runs to the all out total of 176.

After tea, Joe Bottomley (3-34) got Belvoir off to a good start by bowling a Wollaton opener with his fourth ball.

David Barr (24) and Nick Kirkwood (55no) added a steady 42 for the second wicket but tight bowling from Bottomley, Danny Gibson and Greg Oldfield saw the asking rate increase, so that 108 was needed from 15 overs.

Iqbal (31) joined Kirkwood in adding 73 for the fourth wicket in quick time before the former’s rush-of-blood saw him stumped off the nagging Andy Dann. Kirkwood was joined by brother Andy and they scampered another 25 from 19 balls before the latter was well run out by Sam Penford from point.

Now 28 runs were needed from 3.3 overs but it was already raining. Only two came from Dann’s next over – raining more heavily. Bottomley recalled, a no-ball, a Kirkwood boundary, captain Joe Fish scampering like crazy.

Now 16 were needed from 14 balls but the rain was too heavy and the umpires called a halt.

Players waited on the pavilion veranda for a re-start but it was too dark and too wet – match abandoned. And so Belvoir were denied a winning draw and Wollaton denied a win.