South Notts League
Newark 159 all out
Belvoir 3rd 162-4
IT was a day to remember for Belvoir youngster Joe Bottomley as he starred with both bat and ball.
Belvoir won the toss and inserted Newark on a damp track. There was some movement early on as Penford and Taylor bowled well without much luck, but it was the introduction of Bottomley which tilted the game in Belvoir’s favour.
He bowled with aggression and pace and quickly removed both openers, as well as Newark stalwart Kennewell, who lasted only two balls. Belvoir were held up briefly by Fiddes who scored a quick half-century. Bottomley (6-16).
Belvoir’s reply got off to the worst possible start as Davies was trapped LBW early on and Ingram soon followed clean bowled. This brought Lewis to the crease who also surprisingly exited quickly with a suspect shot which was caught at slip.
During this flurry of wickets, Bottomley stood helpless at the non-striker’s end and was now joined by other Belvoir youngster Sam Penford. Between them they showed maturity beyond their years and manoeuvred the ball around for ones and twos as well as some lusty blows to produce a partnership of 70, before Penford was unluckily caught going for the boundary.
This brought another Belvoir youth team player, Josh Taylor, to the crease with instructions to stay with Bottomley and see the innings through. This is exactly what they did with a 50 partnership which saw the impressive Bottomley finish with 93no, a career best score, and Taylor ended unbeaten on 15.
This crucial win lifted Belvoir to third in the league as they seek their fifth successive promotion.
Bottesford 2nd 211-5
Gedling & Sherwood 2nd
192 all out
BOTTESFORD captain Dan Robinson won the toss and decided to bat first, and opener Nick Silverwood backed him up with a first class knock of 80 including 14 boundaries.
He was ably supported by Simon Rickett (13), Paul Claricoates (47), Dave Charlesworth (14) and Mike Fowler (21) to give Bottesford a healthy total.
Gedling and Sherwood started the chase well with useful contributions. Bottesford made top points again, with fine bowling figures again from Silverwood and Fowler, despite being a bowler short with Mike Haskins on loan to the first team.
South Lincs & Border League
Moulton Harrox 154 all out
AFTER losing the toss, Grantham were asked to bat and with the experience of Ady Wing and Stewart Mudie at the top of the order, went about building a strong platform for the middle order. Mudie (34) batted well before getting an inside edge on to his stumps.
Ady Wing was then joined by son Matty and the platform was built on yet further with Ady getting 41 and Matty chipping in with 24. The middle order then contributed quick runs with Rory Johnson getting 34, Danny Ashley 16 and Gaz Bennett 23no.
In reply, Moulton Harrox lost an early wicket via the first of three run outs but Barnett and Beale set about creating the same platform that Mudie and Wing had done earlier for Grantham.
This partnership was broken by the superb fielding of Adam Parker who ran out Beale, followed by the removal of Barnatt from the bowling of Danny Ashley.
The introduction of Neal Stevenson changed the game further in Grantham’s direction with some tight, threatening bowling, well supported by Ashley at the other end. This led to Grantham taking wickets at regular intervals and both bowlers ended up with three wickets apiece, seeing Grantham home by 33 runs for a much needed win.
Grantham 2nd 103-2
GRANTHAM’S second string enjoyed their first win of the season and having won the toss put Welby into bat.
Grantham bowlers Sheppard (1-14) and Stevens (1-16) got Grantham off to a great start. The middle order wickets were shared amongst the other bowlers until Tom McCartan came on to deliver a devastating spell of pace and aggression, finishing with four wickets for only three runs.
In reply, Grantham made a steady start with 13 from Stevens and 14 from Leadenham. It was down to opener Harry Nichols (38no) to steer Grantham to a comfortable win, with Alex King also chipping in an unbeaten 14.
BOTTESFORD continued their unbeaten run with a fourth consecutive win away at Belvoir.
Bottesford batted first and finished their innings strongly with Harry Legg (20no) and Dan Copley (26 no). For Belvoir, A. Hirst took 3-14.
Excellent fielding and difficult catches taken by Oli Walker and George Crowther restricted Belvoir to below 100. James Pye-Smith took 3-9, whilst A. Hirst completed a fine all-round performance, scoring 23.
ELLERSLIE batted first and were restricted thanks to tight bowling from R. Charlesworth (2-4) and A. Wilson (1-11).
Batting second in poor light, Bottesford’s A. Brooks and Charlesworth put on 32 for the first wicket. Charlesworth (28no) saw Bottesford home with four overs remaining.
J. Bottomley (Belvoir)............................................*93
N. Silverwood (Bottesford)...................................80
*denotes not out
J. Bottomley (Belvoir)..........................................6-16