Gunn and Moore South Notts Cricket League Report Saturday 20th July 2013.
By Phil Johnson
With just six games remaining, five title contenders in Belle & Jerome Division A became four after Calverton’s shocking away form continued with defeat at Belvoir.
Beginning at the top though and Radcliffe on Trent reacted swiftly to their pasting at Wollaton the previous week by axing under-performing professional Husnain Riaz. It is a bold move but Riaz wasn’t missed on Saturday following a 126 run thrashing of free falling Ellerslie.
The teenage duo of Jake Fish (43) and Luis Holliday (29) got the winners off to a sound start but wickets fell regularly after and at 130 for 6 the visitors held the upper hand. However, the experienced Rob Sutton (81*) came to the fore and together with Jordan Harbottle (24) and Jake’s father Mark (19) a total of 247 was assembled. For Ellerslie, Tariq Mahmood picked up his first five wicket haul of the season.
The chase was never a contest, especially after the dangerous Wakeling was dismissed in single figures. Kane Wilson passed fifty for the first time this year but the real star of the show was 15 year old off spinner Jacob Deavin – Baker (5 for 42) who spun the leaders to victory. Eddie Torr and Sutton both claimed two victims apiece and it could prove to be a thrilling climax to the season with Radcliffe travelling to in form Balderton next week and Hucknall on the final Saturday.
Talking of those two sides, the pair met on Saturday and Alan Jackson batted superbly to record a seasons best 123. He was helped along by Ian opener Sellars who recorded a second successive fifty and Tim Clipsham (51) in a huge total of 295.
Hucknall do have the ability to chase these totals but rely a little on the likes of Robin Maxwell to do so . He and Scott Harris recorded fifties and were well set before Harris was put down at long off by Ian Sellars off Akshu Fernando. However the ball rebounded kindly for Chris Dobbie who threw it in and claimed a direct hit to leave Maxwell out of his ground coming back for a second run. Chris Dobbie (4 for 36) continued his excellent run of form with the ball but couldn’t prise out the last pair of Nathan Thomas (21*) and Tom Walters as Hucknall clung on for the losing draw on 214 for 9.
Wollaton remain right in the challenge following a seventeen point winning draw at Notts Unity Casuals. Wollaton’s top three were bang on form with David Barr (76), James Godrich (58) and Max O’Dowd (56) all in the runs, although progress was hampered late on by Prabhdip Sidhu (2 for 67) and Ibby Asif (2 for 62).
Chasing 248 to win, Aiden Kerry (31) and Ammar Khan (40) made good progress before Kerry was ran out. A clutch of wickets followed, including that of top run scorer Dominic Terkowski for nought. However, Sidhu (42) and Tiger Dalby (41*) saw Casuals through to a losing draw on 204 for 7.
Relegation issues look far from certain after a disastrous day at the office for Gedling Colliery at bottom club Clifton Village II.
Colliery took first hit and a measure of their efforts is illustrated by the fact that extras top scored on 26. Chief tormentor was Kiwi Brad Moore who took 6 for 30 and was supported by both Alamgir Khan (2 for 5) and Dominic Robinson (2 for 24).
Defending a meagre 101, Colliery needed early wickets, but an opening stand of 66 between Richard Harrison (45) and Kyle Killingworth (22) put the final nail in the coffin. Craig Fairhall (18*) finished things off in his usual manner and the victory gives Clifton renewed hope of beating the drop.
Belvoir took full advantage of Gedling’s slip to move within a point of safety. Calverton were without leading run scorer Darren Wright but still posted a very competitive 238 thanks in the main to the father and son combination of Kevin (40) and Ryan Evans (41). For Belvoir, veteran Tony Wade was the pick of the bowlers with 4 for 49.
Belvoir lost star man Ollie Clayfield early on in the reply but finally other players came to the fore. James Fellows (62) and Charles Hubbard (93) batted really well and after a couple of wickets went down it was left to Sam Penfold (34*) who had been promoted from the second team, to give his team a priceless five wicket win in the penultimate over.
In 200 Degrees Coffee Division B, the top two of Attenborough and Long Eaton are looking hot favourites to return to the top flight.
Leaders Attenborough travelled to Gotham Village and bowled them out for 154 with Andy Simkiss (3 for 29) continuing his off spin with some success. Only Spencer Taylor (61) delayed the innings as Simkiss was supported with the ball by Sam Clulow (2 for 29) and Chris Allcoat (2 for 30).
Gotham’s slim chances were blown away in just twenty overs by arguably the best opening partnership in the division. After last week’s blip, Tom Murray (56) struck his way back to form but he was again overshadowed by Alec McKinlay (86*). Gotham unfortunately now require a miracle to survive.
Long Eaton recovered from 9 for 2 to post a daunting 285 at Kimberley II. Tom Pepper (70) recorded his best contribution of the season, Brett Scothern (48) looked well set before throwing his wicket away again whilst Alan Villiers (56 in 26 balls) made the home side pay for dropping him on one.
Vaughan Hamilton (38) had serious intentions of a run chase after tea before Danny Williams ran him out. Ben Savage (51) continued his recovery from injury with some late hits to enable Kimberley to claim a losing draw on 201 for 8. Incidentally Williams was perhaps enjoying an overdue recall to the seconds and he didn’t let anyone down with 30 and 4 for 95.
If two Bassetlaw sides are relegated from the Premier League then three teams should be promoted from each division (except A of course). This should make the final six weeks exciting and give more teams something to play for.
One of these teams could be Eastwood who totalled 226 at Collingham thanks to skipper Neil Gregory who top scored on 92. Collingham probably rely too much on David Pipes with the bat and it was a sorry tale to see the home side crumble to 83 all out with the home grown trio of Ryan Esson (4 for 15), James Longden (3 for 27) and Ryan Elliott (3 for 30) all starring with the ball.
Another team that seems to perform better at home are Southwell who comfortably overcame Hyson Green (153) by seven wickets.
Keeper Suhail Ahmed made a fifty for the losers but it was a day for the vets with Dave Rimmer and Steve Wright picking up four wickets apiece. Southwell have sorely missed the likes of Matt Wookey with the bat with work commitments severely restricting his appearances. However, a rare outing on Saturday yielded an unbeaten 64 as the winners stay on the fringe of the promotion race.
West Bridgfordians currently hold third spot and Saturday saw Kwesi Spencer (69*) who has really come of age in the last couple of seasons and Alex Sheriston both striking fifties in a total of 229 for 5.
Visitors Keyworth, needing points for very different reasons, gave it their best shot in the form of Dale Collison (49), Geoff Baker (38) and Tom Randall (25). However, the strugglers could not get over the line and had to hang on for a draw on 209 for 9 with the Hiller brothers blocking out at the end.
Newark R&M, currently bottom of Rothera Dowson Division C, posted a decent 231 at Bottesford thanks to half centuries from Matt Leggett and Alex Hales. However, their Achilles heel this year has been their bowling as Nick Silverwood (85), Jim Ward (74*) and Phil Irvine (49*) flayed the attack to all parts. Victory was achieved in just 34 overs leaving the losers adrift at the bottom.
There was a twist in the promotion chase though with Hoveringham (126), usually renowned for their huge scores, failing to chase down 145 at Wollaton II. Hoveringham did recover from 33 for 4 and were favourites to win until South African Jon Christiansen caught and bowled Adam Hugill. The last five wickets fell rapidly, mainly to Sunil Shrestha (5 for 18) who gave his team’s survival hopes a massive shot in the arm.
Sam Cliff of Thurgarton recorded his third century of the season. This time it was 110 and father Colin (57) made it a good day for the Cliff’s in a total of 274 at home to Radcliffe II. After tea, the Singh brothers of Aaron (2 for 27) and Aaman (6 for 19) continued the family affair as Radcliffe fell way short on 162.
The division’s other game saw the unpredictable Kirkby Portland rack up 264 at Gedling Colliery II with Daniel Severn (58), Jonathan Williamson (50*), Brett Jones (41) and Richard Underhill (32) all contributing. Gedling were second best throughout the game and were all out for 188 with Williamson (3 for 44) and Tom Newcombe (3 for 38) the chief perpetrators.
Long Whatton (213) are the latest club to claim second place in Milward Print Division D knocking off opponents Wilsons (159) in the process. For the winners, Mark Lester (57 & 3 for 34) and Tom Freestone (4 for 26) played the leading roles.
Keep an eye on the form team of Thrumpton though. They lie just behind in third after Arslan Shah (53*), Mark Payne (44) and Frank Forman (5 for 21) saw their side through to an eight wicket win at home to Kinoulton (151). Skipper Joe Richardson was not to be overshadowed however as he struck 23 in 6 balls to win the game in the 31st over.
Down at the other end of the scale, hopes springs eternal for bottom side Gedling & Sherwood who claimed back to back wins for the first time in five years. They will have a decent chance of survival too if Matt Oliver is available. The opening bat followed up his 127 last week with 125 at Eastwood II (209) who fell 69 runs short.
It was a great day for Star Foundation Division E leaders Farndon (267) who won at Lenton Willoughby (188), but what they wouldn’t have reckoned for were defeats for their closest rivals Hickling and Attenborough II. Hickling (293) came mightily close though in overcoming the mammoth 302 set by Whatton & Aslockton. Incidentally the game included two centurions in Jamie Lambourne and John Chell.
Keep an eye on Beeston & Toton Sycamore (229) too who are coming into form at just the right time. Age is virtually no barrier in cricket as Dave Fawcett (4 for 23) proved for the winners at just six months short of 70. Incidentally opponents Ellerslie II (134) fielded Duncan Martindale who added to the list of ex Notts CCC players in the league.
In Trophy Master Division F, the player of the season to date has undoubtedly been Wymeswold skipper Rob Pitman. Saturday saw him add to his three centuries in June with another 112 at home to leaders Belvoir. Chasing 252 though Belvoir proved their title credentials with Jack Copley (127) and Matt Fenton (44) shining in a three wicket win.
Another player in form is Shakir Akhtar of Gotham Village II in GB Bookkeeping Division G. After surviving a confident stumping shout, the all rounder fired 107 to go with his two previous knocks of 77 in July. However, leaders Lambley made light work of the 206 target thanks to their player of the season Danny Greenhalgh (105*).
Still in G, in a season mirroring 2012, Collingham, bottom in May have now won six games on the spin to claim second place. Their latest success knocked Newark R&M II (188) off second and it was thanks to David Dakin (61) and Gary Clarke (4 for 51).
There is no change at the top in JR Estates Division H with wins for the top three of Kimberley III, Rolls Royce II and Bingham. Elsewhere, Gedling & Sherwood II and Bramcote II will need a swift turn around in fortunes to avoid the drop.
No change either in Carlton Car Centre Division J with Caunton (205) holding on to second after a captains performance from Malcolm Hawley (51* & 3 for 36) at home to Clifton Village III (174). Another batsman who is enjoying the dry wickets is Richard Drury of Keyworth II. Drury made 75 Saturday to go with scores of 102, 115 and 57 in the previous three weeks. It was a game winning knock too with Young Lions (164) falling just shy of the 173 needed.
After a quiet few weeks, Sam Ross (77*) of Balderton II (246) was back in the runs for the leaders who won comfortably at Lenton Willoughby II (120) in Sign Solutions Division K.
Second and third change place in King Stone Products Division L with Murray de Bank (132) the man of the match in his Hoveringham II’s 53 run success at home to Chilwell II (250).
Luke Tantum of Kimberley IV also joined the four century club on Saturday. Nuthall Park is obviously to his liking as Tantum fired 154* out of 269 which was more than sufficient to defeat Wymeswold II (171).
However, Tantum’s innings wasn’t the highest, that honour went to John Shaw of West Bridgford Legion II (255) who struck a career best 161 in his teams Division P win at Collingham III (141)
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Gunn and Moore South Notts Cricket League Report Saturday 13th July 2013
By Phil Johnson
With just seven games remaining, the Belle & Jerome Division A could have its closest finish for years with four possibly five teams in with a good shout of the title.
Radcliffe on Trent held a 21 point lead at the start of the day, but come 6pm this was down to just 5 following an inexplicable 208 run reversal at Wollaton who climb back into second.
Karl Glendenning set the tone for the game with a century opening up, earlier in the day, incidentally the popular Glendenning announced before the game that he was retiring at the end of the season. Tim Young (85) upped the ante at number 4. Wollaton were also helped on their way with 44 extras. For Radcliffe, Tom Crosse (4 for 72) was again the standout bowler.
True, 288 is a formidable target but surely that does not warrant a miserly 79 all out in reply. There was a total of six ducks, including out of form professional Husnain Riaz with Rob Sutton (30) and Kunil Jogia the only players to reach double figures. Josh Bembridge (5 for 26) and Max O’Dowd (4 for 4) caused the carnage.
Despite a winning draw with fighting Clifton Village, Hucknall drop down a place to third. Robin Maxwell is amongst the top players in the league, as his sublime 161 off 140 balls illustrated. Aaron Lee scored 45 and Jake Wright 21 as an imposing 321 was set.
Bottom club Clifton decided they weren’t going to die trying and set off positively and at 201 for 2 there would have been some nervous twitches in the home camp. However the introduction of Wright into the attack accounted for Anthony Hart (59) and Brad Moore (83) in quick succession.
Alamgir Khan (72*) kept up the chase but 25 off 2 and 17 off the final over provide too big a hurdle and Clifton ended on 312 for 7.
Balderton skipper Alan Jackson will be pleased with his side fourth place at present after victory at a Charlie Shreckless Ellerslie, however he will be now wondering what might have been had Luke Endley been available all season.
Only Matt Footitt (37) and Kane Wilson (27) put up any resistance for the home side who were shot out for 97 by Endley (3 for 25), John Esam (3 for 14) and Chris Dobbie (2 for 16).
Balderton made a mockery of the recent Ellerslie pitch reports by knocking off the runs in just sixteen overs. David Lynn was the only man out with Jurgen Charlesworth picking up the wicket. There was a first fifty of the season for Ian Sellars and he was undefeated alongside Jackson (24*).
Calverton rise into fifth following another good home performance, this time against Notts Unity Casuals.
Darren Wright has had a resurgence since moving to the club and struck a superb 128 out of 264. Supporting the veteran were Scott Andrew (32), Ryan Evans (26) and Callum Jayes (21). It was a day for the Unity spinners with Prabhdip Sidhu (4 for 38) the pick.
Unity were going well early on through skipper James Marshall (47) and Dominic Terkowski (39) and were up with the required rate, but both fell at crucial times. Prabhdip Sidhu (28) did well at number nine but with 58 required off 7 overs, Sidhu miscued an ambitious pull off Ollie Taylor (3 for 31) straight to Billie Armstrong (2 for 28) at mid-wicket to gift the victory to Calverton.
We are used to great escapes and resistance from the Belvoir lower order, Saturday probably topped it all with the last pair holding out for an astonishing 17 overs.
Home team Gedling Colliery made a good start through the opening pair of Jeff Burton (42) and Lee Gomersall (32) but the highlight came with 64 from Eddie Storr as a target of 255.
Even without the Clayfield brothers, a total at one stage in reply of 123 for 9 on Gedling’s track is unacceptable. Spinner Danny O’Brien (4 for 43) was impressive and the only exception to the batting was keeper Ryan Lewis (55) who had been promoted up the order. Saving the game looked a hopeless cause but Sri Lankan Ruhan Pitigala (36*) and Danny Gibson (13*) defied everything that Colliery threw at them to claim a losing draw on 180 for 9. Even so Belvoir will need to start turning things around quickly to avoid slipping through the relegation trap door.
Things are looking a little more clear cut in 200 Degrees Division B with Attenborough stretching their lead at the top to five points and more decisively 34 points over third place West Bridgfordians (134) who they defeated on Saturday.
The losers started off well enough with Andy Jeffrey (24) and Henry Straw (22) opening up, but things went swiftly downhill after that at the hands of the wily Martin Rayner (4 for 29) and Andy Simkiss (3 for 28) who was attempting off spin for the first time in a decade.
The main news after tea was that Tom Murray’s run deluge came to a halt, for this week anyway. The opener was dismissed for 6 but it mattered little with Alec McKinlay (24), Jack Harrison (26) and Ben Sheppard (36*) seeing the winners home with twenty overs remaining.
Second place Long Eaton recovered from a farcical run out in the first over to post 195 at home to mid table Southwell. Brett Scothern made 51 before giving his wicket away but Lee Cuthbert (31) carried on to give the team maximum batting points. For the visitors, Steve Wright and Jim Hemstock took three wickets each.
The run chase was low on entertainment with Southwell seemingly content to bat out for the losing draw. This they did comfortably on 120 for 6 with Chris Miller top scoring on 36. John Pack (3 for 47) was the pick of the home bowlers.
Collingham still have an outside chance of promotion after winning at Keyworth (130) who are in danger of continuing their roller coaster ride up and down the leagues.
For once, skipper David Pipes could take a back seat as left armer Harry Shepherd (4 for 30) and Oliver Dyson (5 for 38) bowled out the home team for 130. Pipes did top score with 40 though after tea and despite two wickets each for Andy Hiller and Rob Baker, Collingham secured victory with five wickets intact.
One team breathing slightly easier will be Kimberley II after an unlikely victory in the local derby at Eastwood.
Vaughan Hamilton made 32 at the top before hitting his wicket and then we saw the future of Kimberley with numbers 2 to 5 all under the age of seventeen. Jack Blatherwick made 39 and Harry Radcliffe 31 but Kimberley will be slightly disappointed with 189 after being 153 for 4. Eastwood had two bowlers impressing with Steve Dockerell and Luke Esson taking four wickets apiece.
Shaun Stocks (78) , AJ Marsh (28) and Neil Gregory (31) all got runs in the top order but Gregory could only watch on in disbelief as for the second time in three weeks there was a collapse of catastrophic proportions. At 161 for 3 and then 172 for 5 the odds were stacked in Eastwood’s favour but they reckoned without Elliott Bowles (3 for 28) and Liam Webb (4 for 45) who took five wickets for one run between them to secure a 16 run win.
Hyson Green are another team to edge away from the drop zone after piling up 301 at home to bottom club Gotham Village. Suhail Ahmed made 87, Mumtab Ahmed 67 and Waheed Khan an entertaining 56. Paul Blatherwick (4 for 87) was the pick of a tired attack.
Credit Gotham who scored 200 for the first time this season, 254 in fact with a delightful 87 not out for Steve Haworth the highlight. However, losing draws will not save Gotham in the future.
Plumtree II (247 for 9) march on in Rothera Dowson Division C. They have a myriad of experience in the batting line up and this time it was Nigel Finney (64) and Justin Stockdale (60) to make the runs at home to Thurgarton.
Finney wasn’t done yet either as his five wickets went a long way to his sides 77 run success against a team whose promotion hopes are fading.
Hoveringham though are still right in the mix, particularly so after beating second place Bottesford (262). Nick Silverwood scored an impressive 122 for the losers but they were undone by Stuart Walton (90*), Ben Lee (45) and Shaun Polley (49) with victory being claimed with more than six overs remaining.
No such joy though for Wollaton II who need to win a couple more games to be safe. Defending 195, Jordan Harbottle (69*) was the match winner at number six for Radcliffe II who earlier in the day had Chris Owen – Jones taking 4 for 38.
There’s still a slight hope for Newark R&M who had Alex Hales making a brilliant 103 at home to Gedling Colliery II. Chasing 252 to win, Colliery settled for a draw on 182 for 6.
The league table in Milward Print Division D was turned on its head with a first win since opening day for Gedling & Sherwood over table toppers Hucknall II.
It was no surprise to see Matt Oliver at the heart of the success. The Guernsey all rounder struck 127 and took three late wickets at Hucknall fell 60 short of the 244 set.
Long Whatton remain in the promotion hunt following a six wicket win at West Bridgfordians II (134) with captain Alex Lester (56* & 2 for 20) pulling some strings. Time is almost up on Risley’s chances though after another shocking batting display. Captain Marc Addison must be tearing his hair out after his team couldn’t chase 89 with Mohammed Aleem (6 for 8) the man of the match for winners Thrumpton.
Another week and another leader in Star Foundation Division E. It was the turn of Farndon (223) to return to the top and dispose Hickling (175) in the process. The major surprise though was Fiskerton’s demolition of Underwood (87). For the winners, teenager Daniel Jones (5 for 14) was the leading light, together with Richard Drinkwater who scored an unbeaten 75 out of a partnership of 80!
Elsewhere in E, for the second time this month, Lashaune Weir hit a six to win the game for Beeston & Toton, this time at home to Whatton & Aslockton (215). Also, Simon George almost eclipsed Maxwell’s 161 as the highest individual total of the day. However his 156 was more than enough for his Ellerslie II team (296) to defeat winless Southwell II (147).
It was a good day for Trophy Master F leaders Belvoir II (228) and chiefly the Penfold family. Sam struck 118 at home to Calverton II and sister Rosie claimed two wickets in a comfortable 93 run success.
It is all to play for in GB Bookkeeping Division G with another defeat for Lambley (176). This time at Collingham (252) who had the old boys in Adrian Kitchen (74) and Charlie Lucas (67) right in form.
Gotham II (291) are the perennial slow starters but Saturdays win over Chilwell (242) saw them climb out the bottom two for the first time this season. Heroes of the day were James Burton (103), Shakir Akhtar (77) and Hashan Iftikhar (61).
JR Estates Division H leaders Rolls Royce II were set a tricky 201 for victory by winless Gedling & Sherwood II, however this they accomplished in 34 overs thanks to Hasnain Nazir (63*) and Abdul Sultan Khan (37). Kimberley III gained 19 points though in their game and now share top spot with Rolls. Not too far behind are Bingham who successfully defended 108 at home to Plumtree III (99) thanks in the main to Jack Teague (6 for 20).
Beeston & Toton II were heaved off the top in Carlton Car Centre Division J by Young Lions who took just 23 overs to overhaul a target of 141. At the forefront of the run chase was Aneel Bottiwal (93*). Meanwhile, despite six wickets for Josh Armstrong, Oxton (158) went down by four wickets at home to Caunton and remain deep in trouble.
The top of the table clash in Sign Solutions Division K was ruined by those isolated yet torrential thunderstorms on Saturday. Balderton II had made 191 with Tim Clipsham top scoring on 45 and Hucknall III were 10 for 1 in reply before the clouds burst.
No such worries for Chilwell II in King Stone Products Division L, they made light work of Underwood II (73) with David Sells and Mohammed Khan bagging three wickets each.
Kinoulton II set a record in Division M, this being the lowest total successfully defended. The winners managed just 42 yet bowled out Stapleford for 29 thanks to the day’s best return from Raza Ul Haq (7 for 18).
The local derby in Division N was a one sided affair with Kirkby Portland III hammering Newstead A&V III (106) by seven wickets. Man of the match for the winners was Jack Giles (60*).
Finally in Division P, nine men overcame ten with Lambley II just about overcoming Burton Joyce II (86). For the winners there were pivotal performances from Mitchell Frost (32* & 3 for 27) and 13 year old debutant Ryan McMillan (2 for 8).
Gunn and Moore South Notts Cricket League Report Saturday 6th July 2013
By Phil Johnson
The table at just past the midway point in the Belle & Jerome Division A makes pleasant reading for Radcliffe on Trent as Rob Sutton’s side increased their lead at the top to twenty one points.
Visitors Clifton Village II would have been looking to build on their first victory of the season but with the exception of opener Richard Harrison (26) the top order lacked the necessary application to build an innings.
Indeed at 78 for 8 an early finish looked on the cards but number 10 Craig Fairhall had other ideas. The tail ender blasted five gigantic sixes on his way to his way to 73. Credit to Alex Turner (21) and last man Dominic Robinson (12*) for their support but you still felt that 195 was way too short in the conditions. For the home side, Eddie Torr (4 for 37) and Tom Crosse (3 for 47) once again caught the eye.
The future looks extremely bright for Radcliffe with their top three all under the age of eighteen. After Jake Fish (33) and Luis Holliday (14) got the side running it fell to 15 year old Connor Marshall (82) to effortlessly stroke his team towards victory.
Radcliffe’s lead at the summit increased due to a second successive defeat for Wollaton, this time at Calverton who seem to save their best form for home games.
Calverton’s innings was a good all round effort with Ryan Evans (43), Darren Wright (34), Scott Andrew (21) and Eddie Lee (21) all contributing in the top order. However towards the end, the game winning partnership came between Callum Jayes (48) and Billie Armstrong (63).
Chasing 276 to win, Wollaton got off to a faultless start through David Barr (72) and Karl Glendenning (48) but the breakthrough finally occurred when Billie Bennett got Glendenning to edge through to Jayes. James Godrich (34) and Tim Young (21) both got out when set and it was now 25 to win off 19 balls but with only one wicket remaining.
Matt Dean (4 for 25) sent down a wide but in doing so dragged Richard Adams’ feet out the crease and Jayes took the crucial stumping.
Wollaton are replaced in second by Hucknall and it was a relief for home skipper Robin Maxwell to see the batsmen produce some form at home to Ellerslie.
Aaron Lee (42) and Tim Buckthorpe (44) got proceedings going nicely, Robin Maxwell (58) looked odds on for a century before he too was stumped off a wide, whilst Lee Smith (45*) and Jake Wright (50*) batted really well at the end. For Wright, his maiden fifty for the first team came off just 31 balls. Not such a good day with the ball this time round for Kent CC bowler Charlie Shreck whose 16 overs were dispatched for 87.
298 is a tough yet surmountable challenge at the New Gatehouse yet Ellerslie will be rueing the loss of early wickets including pinch-hitter Jurgen Carlesworth. Their challenge pretty much died the moment skipper Jonathan Wakeling (49) fell leg before to Adam Scott (4 for 47). At 190 for 8, Hucknall sniffed a victory but Shreck (43*) and Kris Barfield (8*) held on at 217 for 8.
Balderton change places with Ellerslie in fourth with an almost carbon copy of their game with Gedling Colliery in May.
Dominic Wiffin made a very good 71 in the top order for Balderton but the game was taken away from the home side by the in form pair of Akshu Fernando (72*) and Chris Dobbie (51), the latter’s coming in 27 deliveries. 292 represents a day of toil for bowlers so Connor Scott’s figures of 3 for 40 off 10 overs were impressive to say the least.
Gedling’s intentions were to chase but Dobbie removed danger men Lee Gomersall and Sam Darling cheaply. More setbacks followed with the run outs of Hayes and Storr and Colliery felt they had no choice but to settle for a draw. The game petered out on 225 for 4 with Jeff Burton defiant on an excellent 117.
The final game was a crucial “fourty pointer” between Belvoir and Notts Unity Casuals with both clubs needing wins to move away from the relegation zone.
Unity posted 238 with Dominic Terkowski (47) carrying on from last week but the highlight was undoubtedly a captains innings from James Marshall (71). For Belvoir, there were career best first team figures for 14 year old Lyndon James (5 for 24).
Belvoir (174) looked well set for victory on 128 for 2 with James (54) putting his more experienced team mates to shame. Tom Neville (68) was also going well but sometimes it is just your day and todays was Marshall’s with the captain running through the Belvoir team to return figures of 6 for 31.
The lead has changed hands in 200 Degrees Coffee Division B with a surprise defeat for Long Eaton at home to Eastwood.
Highlights of the losers innings were a fluent but all too brief 34 from Kieran Cooke, an obdurate 54 form captain Andy Edge and a well paced 83 form Tim Taylor, his highest to date this season. For Eastwood, Steven Dockerell and Ryan Elliott took four and three wickets respectively.
The visitors lost to Woolliscroft early on but the game was then treated to a superbly paced innings from AJ Marsh (130). Adam Leigh (27) and Dockerell (25*) simply stood and supported when needed as the acceleration came at the right time to keep alive Eastwood’s hope of returning to the elite.
Marsh though, was overshadowed yet again by that man Murray at Attenborough. Tom struck a third successive century, 118 to be exact in just 61 balls. A century exactly came in boundaries and it was more than sufficient to chase down the 150 set by struggling Keyworth.
Earlier in the day, Dave Strong had struck 59 for the losers but they were undone by the medium pace of Andy Simkiss (5 for 20). With this victory, Attenborough take over at the summit by just a point.
Two clubs needing points for altogether different reasons were Hyson Green and Kimberley II, both hoping to halt a run of horrendous results.
Kimberley received an early setback when teenage star Jack Blatherwick was given out handled ball yet it just had to be fifteen year old Elliott Bowles (72) that would top score against the team he left last month. Harry Radcliffe (39) and Steve Bennett (35) also impressed yet 182 was only a par total.
However, that score looked more than sufficient when Hyson Green slumped to 40 for 3 and 117 for 8 against the bowling of Alex Beale (3 for 31) and Charlie Walters (2 for 38). Yet all was not lost and Ikram Ul Haq (49*) and Jalil Ahmed (29*) saw the home side through to an unlikely victory.
Bottom club Gotham Village had failed to build on their victory a fortnight ago and could only manage 134 at home to West Bridgfordians who are hitting form after a slow start. Steve Haworth made 47 and Spencer Taylor 32 but the bowling of Oliver Straw (4 for 33) and Kulvern Kandola (3 for 27) ensured the visitors were on top throughout the innings.
After tea 16 year old Ben Shaw (97*) carried on his golden season and together with Andy Jeffrey (30*) the total chased down in only 24 overs.
In Rothera Dowson Division C, Kirkby Portland won the toss and elected to bat and that’s where their good fortune ended. A woeful batting display saw Portland succumb to just 78 all out at home to second place Bottesford who had Lee Fazackerley (4 for 35), Alisdair Culpin (3 for 6) and Phil Irvine (2 for 18).
Things did reach a new low though after the interval with Bottesford taking just 9 overs to clinch victory thanks to Nick Silverwood (33*) and Simon Claricoates (37).
Newark R&M got it together with the bat and posted 201 with Simon Vickery (56) again at the forefront. This total proved a testing one for Hoveringham but it was a successful run chase with Dan North hitting the winning runs with five balls remaining. Man of the match was Stuart Walton who hit 41 to go with his 4 for 25 in the first innings.
Wollaton II are steadily climbing out of trouble and 58 for veteran Andy Crossley followed up with 75 for Sunil Sharma as Gedling Colliery II were set a daunting 294 for victory.
Survival was the name of the game for the visitors and they managed it, just on 160 for 9 with Baz Bailey (47*) standing firm.
Milward Print Division D Leaders Hucknall II, after their setback last week, soon got back to winning ways at Eastwood II. Skipper Jack Pates made 48 at number 4 but the game swung to the winners with an undefeated 61 from Joel Wright.
Eastwood needed an early response but the top order fialed and despite 38 from third team skipper Rob Brentnall and 27 from Andrew Pearson against his former club it was too little too late. For the winners, Will Spray took the bowling honours with 4 for 47.
Wilsons are the latest club to go second after a five wicket win at home to Bramcote (207) but not too far behind are Kinoulton (254) who had Tom Richards (98) and Shaun Campbell (57) starring in a ten run success at West Bridgfordians II.
Hickling hold on to top spot in Star Foundation Division E, but only just after an unbeaten 61 from Yogesh Patel clinched a two wicket win at Beeston & Toton (146). Earlier in the day, Peter Playle (7 for 61) had recorded the day’s best bowling figures.
There was controversy for Whatton & Aslockton (93) after an internal fall out before the start left them with just nine men to face Ellerslie II. Not surprisingly, there was little resistance as Ellerslie bowled another team out for under three figures. Whatton’s day was complete with the home team knocking the runs off in just 13 overs thanks in part to Simon George (41*) whose brother Eddie had taken four wickets earlier in the game.
Sutton Bonington are the new leaders In Trophy Master Division F, knocking off Belvoir II (198) from their perch in an eight wicket triumph. After a quiet few weeks, James Wilkes (86) was back in form as was Keith Hammond (55*).
Keep an eye on Wymeswold though who took just 16 overs to chase down Kirkby Portland II (102). After tea, Rob Pitman (36*) continued his excellent run of form.
Bottom club Gotham II desperately needed some inspiration in GB Bookkeeping Division G, and Mohammed Niazi (123*) and Shakir Akhtar (77 & 6 for 48) provided it in a 64 run win at Notts Unity II (186).
Newark R&M II have crept almost unnoticed into second place, although it was a close run thing at East Leake on Saturday.
The losers required six off the final over but last man Mike Lynch was caught off the fourth ball by Tim McKay to give Newark victory by four runs.
The game of the day in JR Estates Division H lived up to its billing and fitting on Newdigate Street with Rolls Royce II taking over from Kimberley III at the top.
It has been quite a while since Liaqat Ali (62) was asked to open an innings yet the veteran was in his element making 62, Dane Straw also made fifty as a challenging 214 was set. Kimberley’s Danny Williams (88 & 4 for 43) must surely be knocking on the second team door after another impressive display but Williams lacked support and Kimberley fell to 188 all out. Incidentally Saleem Karim’s first game back from suspension began badly after he was run out without scoring, yet the all-rounder bounced back with a couple of crucial wickets.
In Carlton Car Centre Division J, Thrumpton looked well in command on 91 for 2 in pursuit of 125 at Attenborough III. Yet nerves were torn to shreds after a collapse at the hands of Colin McConnell (3 for 44) and Matt Aluwalia (3 for 28). However, Usair Naveed just squeezed the winners home with only one wicket remaining.
Richard Drury of Keyworth II (218) is another player bang in form, the batsman hit back to back centuries but his team came up just short at home to Caunton (225) who had their own centurion in Jamie McIntyre (101).
Hucknall III recovered well from a defeat last week in Sign Solutions Division K, chasing down 160 at Lenton Willoughby II thanks to Graham Cauldwell (57) and Ross Brown (41).
Another team to recover well from a setback were Hoveringham II in King Stone Products Division L. Ian Hart and Mark Melbourn both took five wickets apiece and Paul Lewis fired an unbeaten 55 as Underwood II’s total of 90 was overhauled in just 13 overs.
Kinoulton II must be the sick of the sight of Kimberley’s Luke Tantum (137). The skipper has two centuries to his name in Division M, both against Kinoulton with the losers falling 83 short of the 259 required.
In Division P, 58 year old Martin Huffer bowled eight successive maidens for Beeston & Toton Sycamore III. In fact he conceded just two runs from his 9 and was instrumental in a five wicket success at Burton Joyce II (73).
Finally, Charlie Shreck is not the only ex Notts CCC player plying his trade in the South Notts League. There is also Kevin Evans at Calverton and in Division R, Andy Pick is playing for his first club Thrumpton III. In fact, his 76 on Saturday was the pivotal contribution in a twenty run win at Young Lions II (197).
Gunn and Moore South Notts Cricket League Report Saturday 29th June 2013 By Phil Johnson
After a couple of indifferent displays, Radcliffe on Trent climbed back to the summit in Belle & Jerome Division A by beating fellow title contenders Hucknall (189). The winners took first knock and made 215, though they would have been expecting more after being 173 for 4 at one stage. Seventeen year old Jake Fish (56) and Eddie Torr (61) shared a century stand for the fifth wicket, but wickets tumbled late on to Adam Scott (4 for 73) and Jake Wright (4 for 50). Hucknall have made remarkable strides under Robin Maxwell but he will be the first to admit that his team is one possibly two stellar batsman short of a title winning side. Too often this season the top order has failed and at this level there is no hiding place. The visitors were 48 for 5 but a first fifty of the season for Scott Harris and 44 from Tim Buckthorpe gave them hope. However, seamer Tom Crosse (7 for 69) removed both in quick succession and Hucknall’s last hope faded with the dismissal of Max Thompson. Radcliffe swop places with Wollaton who fell to a two wicket defeat at Ellerslie whose wicket is becoming slightly notorious. Ellerslie were boosted by the presence of Kent and Ex Notts bowler Charlie Shreck (3 for 33) but the other bowlers did their job too with two wickets apiece for Peter Vladev, Dan Footitt and Tariq Mahmood. Needing 100 to win, Ellerslie started badly with Richard Adams picking up both openers cheaply including the prize wicket of Jonathan Wakeling. Along came Josh Bembridge (5 for 46) and the leaders were certainly favourites with Ellerslie on 79 for 8. But Shreck’s day was not done and his resistance, couple with three boundaries for Jurgen Charlesworth (16*) saw the home side through in the 37th over. Staying in the top half and Balderton maintained their impressive home record by comfortably seeing off Calverton who could not build on their victory over Radcliffe the previous week. The winners made a sluggish start with only 14 runs coming off the same number of overs. But veteran Peter Lambert (81) got moving aided by Akshu Fernando (35) and Alan Jackson (27) and at the death Tim Clipsham made 21 on a sadly rare appearance. Calverton needed 217 and seemed to have the batting line up to do it but implausibly they could only manage 76. Chris Dobbie took four wickets for the second week in succession whilst John Esam (2 for 21) and Paul Colcombe (2 for 11) both played their part. Another team who have problems in their top order are Belvoir who found themselves in all sorts of trouble on 84 for 7 at bottom club Clifton Village. Danny Ross (43) and Matt Irvine (37) then batted very well to set the home side 183 to win. For Clifton, Kiwi Brad Moore (4 for 48) turned in his best performance since joining the club this season. A good start was vital after tea and Richard Harrison (50) and Kyle Killingworth (31) provided it. Luke Gunn (29) kept up the good work and Alamgir Khan (28* off 23 balls) finished things off with five wickets intact to complete a first win of the season. It looked a spinner’s paradise at Notts Unity who were set 191 by Gedling Colliery. Tom Coffey (60) and Rhys Hayes (26) looked to have given Colliery the upper hand early on but they lost their way until Zaheer Rehman made 30 at number 8. For Unity leg spinner Bobby Bannerjee (3 for 52) was the pick of the bowlers whilst ex Kimberley man Prabhdip Sidhu (2 for 35) impressed on his home debut. At 75 for 4, the game hung in the balance but a marvellous 81 from Dominic Terkowksi, aided and abetted by Academy product Tiger Dalby (28) gave Unity the edge. When both players were dismissed, keeper Dave Farmer and Bannerjee got the team over the line in the penultimate over. In 200 Degrees Coffee Division B you will find the player of the season to date. A second successive century for the prolific Tom Murray took his tally to over 550 for Attenborough. His knock of 132 went a long way to securing his team a winning draw at struggling Kimberley II. Skipper Ben Sheppard (62) was also in the runs as the hosts were set an improbable 272 to win. Kimberley were never really in the hunt but the injured Dominic Wheatley (86) and Vaughan Hamilton (30) ensured maximum batting points on 193 for 5. Attenborough still trail Long Eaton after the latter saw off Collingham who just can’t put together a consistent run. Long Eaton have their own man in form in Andy Edge. However, despite 76 from the left hander and 26 from Chris Pack, the score (175) seemed well short of a winning total, given the short boundary on one side. Yet Alan Villiers (6 for 26 off 18 overs) gave out a magnificent exhibition of medium pace bowling, coupled with first team best figures of 3 for 37 from John Pack. Collingham never got going and were all out for 94 and this was with Long Eaton putting down five catches. West Bridgfordians are coming into a bit of form and there was a century for keeper Henry Straw and 75 for 16 year old Ben Shaw at home to Hyson Green. Jon Sheard was run out one short of a half century late on but surely 291 would be more than sufficient. Entertaining as it was, Hyson Green’s reply lacked any real sort of plan and the losers fell to 184 all out with more than 11 overs remaining. Shahid Khan made 63 and Ajaz Ahmed 38 but the inevitable finally transpired after five late wickets for captain Oliver Straw. Bottom club Gotham would have been hopeful of climbing the table after restricting Southwell to 167 for 6. Alistiar Haynes made a good fifty and Tim Green 41 after being given a test by Rob Goddard (2 for 47) and Paul Blatherwick (2 for 48). With the exception of Brad North (40), Gotham’s batting was poor until Jeremy Hale offered resistance late on. The visitors just about held on at 109 for 9 with three wickets each for Ted Behl and Dave Rimmer. The day got worse for Gotham with news of a win for fellow strugglers Keyworth. 63 for Ian Graham was the highlight of their 190 at Eastwood who had Ryan Elliott (4 for 39) and James Longden (3 for 50) impressing with the ball. Eastwood were looking well set at 124 for 1, but the quick fire dismissals of AJ Marsh (79) and Neil Gregory (35) sparked a collapse to leave Keyworth winners by 24 runs. Dave Hiller stole the show with 4 for 26 and the seamer was backed up by left arm spinner Rob Baker (2 for 57). The top of the table clash in Rothera Dowson Division C certainly lived up to its billing. Bottesford lost star man Nick Silverwood for a duck and it was a struggle throughout with only the promoted Phil Irvine (53) digging in. Star of the show for leaders Plumtree II was Barney Carter (4 for 14) with Rob Smith (3 for 38) providing support. A total of 136 wasn’t much but it was certainly game on with Gamble, James and Mortimer back in the hutch cheaply after tea. Rob Tapp (24) and Smith (19) closer but the game swung again from 78 for 5 to 90 for 9 at the hands of Jim Ward (4 for 37). Surely now it was an impossible task for the visitors but the Carter brothers of Barney (14*) and Stanley (15*) batted sensibly and superbly to see the team through to victory. Hoveringham remain in the promotion hunt after bowling out Radcliffe on Trent II for 188. After the interval Shaun Polley (77) and undefeated contributions from Stuart Walton (39) and dad Nick (30) concluded in a seven wicket success. Thurgarton’s Sam Cliff recorded the day’s highest individual score at home to Kirkby Portland. After losing two early wickets, Cliff blasted a tremendous 148, an innings that included 16 fours and 5 sixes. Ben Powell (56) and Josh Downie (45) played support roles in the top score of the day (331). Kirkby, without Rob Shead, batted well enough to close out on a losing draw on 212 for 6 with opener Jack Ellis (57) top scoring. Winless Newark R&M made 197 at Wollaton II with Rob Taylor making 54, however this total was chased down with two overs and five wickets intact to leave the losers adrift at the bottom. It wasn’t a good day for leaders Hucknall II in Millward Print Division D. The home team let Wilsons recover from 44 to 4 to register 202 with Zaheer Ahmed (75) and James Guthrie (5 for 51) sharing the highlights. Try as they might, Hucknall could never get ahead after tea and fell 20 runs short despite 43 late on from Pete Hudson. Hucknall’s new challengers are West Bridgfordians II who came out on top in a Thrumpton thriller. Bridgford set 201 to win and the last over began with five runs required but just one wicket intact. The target became two in two balls before Mark Sampson missed the fifth but attempted a run to the keeper. Credit stopper Steve Boothright for keeping a cool head and throwing to the bowler’s end where Sampson was run out. Elsewhere in D there was a battle at the bottom and Bramcote recorded a six wicket win (their first this season) at home to Gedling & Sherwood (89) who were undone by Khalid Rehman (5 for 23). The lead in Star Foundation Division E has changed hands once again with previous inhabitants Farndon (88) being soundly thrashed by Underwood. True, a stag do did not help the losers availability but full credit to Underwood who have put themselves in the promotion frame. It wasn’t all doom and gloom for Farndon as news came through of a last gasp defeat for rivals Attenborough II. The losers made 200 in the local derby at home to Beeston & Toton Sycamore and looked in charge in the evening with the visitors on 174 for 8. Yet still at the crease was Andy Burrell (80*) who kept up with the required rate. Burrell found a willing partner in Lashaune Weir who with five balls remaining finished the game in style with a six. Sutton Bonington missed chance to take over at the top of Trophy Master Division F with Wymeswold and Rob Pitman (105*) securing a two wicket win with only three balls to spare. Pitman’s century was his second of the season. Down at the other end of the scale there was another final over finish and it was Numan Shafiq of Ravenshead (160) who grabbed a priceless win by bowling Kirkby Portland II’s Tom Dallison (32) with just eight runs required. After a couple of rare slip ups, Lambley climbed back to the top in GB Bookkeeping Division G. The leaders successfully chased down 156 at home to Notts Unity thanks to ex Newstead man Dan Greenhalgh (62), Jordan Whitehead (35*) and Karl Oakden (31). Kimberley III regained top spot in JR Estates Division H, but it was a close thing with Plumtree III falling just short of the 152 needed. No joy still for Gedling & Sherwood II (173) who were beaten by fellow strugglers Bramcote II. There was a surprise defeat for table topping Beeston & Toton Sycamore II in Carlton Car Centre Division J. A five wicket haul for Attenborough III’s James Grenfell sealed their fate with 84 proving indefensible. Better news for Keyworth II (194) though and in particular Richard Drury who made a century in their home game against Oxton. Despite a very good 80 from Simon Widdison, who is looking more at home at this level the losers fell 15 runs short. Balderton II march on in Sign Solutions Division K with Cotgrave (102) offering minimal resistance to Sam Ross (3 for 22), Chuck Tansley (2 for 11) and Matthew Smart (2 for 22). Balderton increase their lead as Hucknall III (90) came a poor second at Long Whatton II (171) with Richard Stanton (66 & 3 for 33) claiming the honours. The top of the table clash in Division in King Stone Products Division L was a one sided affair with Caythorpe IV recording over 300 for the third time this season. There were two century makers in the 317, them being Andy Coles and Steve Truman and after the interval Hoveringham II (142) came a very distant second. Elsewhere in L, Underwood needed just 8 overs to past the 62 set by West Bridgfordians IV. Earlier in the day, Rob Flowerdew had bowled beautifully to take 5 for 4 whilst 15 year old Ed Carlton (3 for 11) was again in the wickets. Ruddington were another side in a hurry in Oracle Property Finance Division N with Greg Jacques (4 for 2) taking a hat trick as poor Newark R&M IV were skittled out for 27, the same number of balls it took Ruddington to win the game. Finally in Division P, 14 year old Joe Searson of Burton Joyce II was again in the runs with his undefeated 42 helping to clinch a four wicket win at home to West Bridgford Legion II (197).