South Notts League
Clifton Village 187 all out
Belvoir 141 all out
CLIFTON’S initial progress was slow against tight bowling from Fazackerley and Cliff.
Hart however took the fight to Belvoir with a 35-ball 33 including five powerful boundaries.
The advent of Danny Gibson (3-32) saw the end of Hart and the successful Gunn in consecutive overs.
By this stage, James Hollingsworth had stuttered to 10 and the score to 87-5 in 27 overs.
But then, something clicked and he plundered another 59 from his remaining 60 balls.
Although they only made minor contributions, David McDermott, Snook and Barnett all stuck around at the other end, helping to build a defendable total.
Cliff (4-40) and Fazackerley (3-58) bowled with heart but little luck. Indeed they were let down by some poor fielding. Notable exceptions to this were a fine wicket keeping display from Ryan Lewis, with three catches, and two sharp slip catches by James Fleming.
Belvoir started very steadily reaching 100-2 with Needle (45) playing four straight drives.
Circumstances militated against Belvoir’s further success.
The first was the disastrous run-out of captain James Clayfield who was using a runner at the time. The second was a string of five maidens of devilish spin bowled by Bernard Kirk.
Then Needle, who seemed set and confident, was trapped LBW by David McDermott. Sam Cliff briefly looked likely to steal the game but was well run out by Robinson.
Lewis started aggressively but as wickets fell at the other end, he tried to bat for the draw. However, Dominic Robinson (3-31) came back to take the last two wickets with three balls to spare.
Belvoir 2nd 276-5
Ransome & Marles 59 all out
THIS was a comprehensive win for Belvoir by 217 runs and another maximum 20 points to continue their march up the league table.
After winning the toss and deciding to bat, Belvoir’s innings featured a third wicket partnership of 138 between Jack Copley, who went on to amass 129, and Danny Ross with a well made 38.
Good contributions from Euan Coulthard (22no), Matt Harland (27) and skipper John Copley’s quick 36no ensured a large total to defend.
The highlight was undoubtedly the classy stroke play of Jack Copley who plundered 14 fours and five sixes off the depleted visitor’s attack, for whom only 15-year-old James Evans threatened.
Belvoir then bowled and fielded superbly to deny Ransome and Marles any hope of chasing victory. Opening the attack, Alex Forbes (1-14) and Paul Adams (1-12) restricted the visitors’ top order to only 27-3 after 17 overs.
They were replaced by Fraser Fentem (2-15), who had already run out the opener with an accurate throw, and George Tebbutt who bowled with great gusto to return figures of 5-17. He quickly finished off the Ransome and Marles innings, including the wicket of the talented Evans.