South Nottinghamshire Cricket League Division A
Collingham & District 210
Belvoir Firsts earned an eight-wicket victory at Collingham on Saturday - skipper Tom Neville settling the contest with a super six.
Collingham’s captain Oliver Dyson (40) and Jonathan Todd (40) were exemplary in their approach as they pulled their side back from the loss of two early wickets.
However, it was the arrival of Ben Dixon (87 not out from 55 balls) that occasioned an acceleration in the run rate.
He was little short of savage in blasting eight sixes, many of which rained down on the score box at long on.
The Belvoir attack, which had been stingy for 33 overs (3-80), continued to bowl well but that did not seem to bother Dixon.
Length and line were all the same to him as he clubbed six after six.
A brilliant throw from deep third man Greg Oldfield) ran out Todd as he started to make free with is bat.
This brought Ben’s brother Chas to the crease.
His contribution to the unbroken 82 for the sixth wicket was a totally unselfish four.
Collingham finished on a good 210, their last two batting points due solely to the Dixon brothers.
Five overs into their reply Belvoir were on 2-24.
What followed was eight-runs-per-over carnage.
Skipper Tom Neville was already in his stride, and that was generally onto the front foot, driving through the covers with aplomb or powering the ball past mid-on with his familiar pull-drive.
After completing his 50 he went berserk – there was no more finesse, simply one pounded boundary after another.
At the other end, Oldfield (89 not out) played second fiddle but with a strike rate of 139.
Once again the pick of his shots was a hyper-elegant cover drive for four.
These two added 192 runs for the third wicket to tie the scores when Neville faced the 149th ball.
He simply knelt down on one knee and flat-batted an enormous straight six.
The perfect finale to a hard-fought season.