Fixtures this weekend: Sat 1st XI @ Plumtree, 2nd XI home to Plumtree, 3rd XI @ Gedling & Sherwood, 4th XI home to Oxton, Sun T20 Finals Day @ Caythorpe, 2nd XI home to Wanderers.

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Saturday Results Round Up

The 3rds maintained their unbeaten record with another win whilst the 4ths were the only other winners from our teams.

After being robbed of maximum points  by the weather in the corresponding home fixture the 1sts travelled to Clifton Village hoping to outplay them once again.  However, it was not to be on this occasion as we were beaten by 62 runs.  Some tight bowling restricted Clifton to 209 for 5 in their 50 overs with Muhammed Usman being the pick with 2 for 39 from 10 overs bowled at the back end of the innings.  In our reply a number of top and leading edges saw us collapse to 87 for 7 before Muhammed Usman with a mixture of sound defence and aggressive hitting in an innings of 46 took us to some respectability with the innings closing at 147.

The 2nds went to Plumtree hoping to dent the division leaders title aspirations. Asked to bat first we struggled to 160 all out in 43 overs with Saad Ashraf, a new recruit from Plumtree, top scoring with 36 supported by a run a ball 30 from Jack Harrison.  Plumtree relied heavily on 81 from their opener in reaching the target with 3 wickets in hand.  The 2nds slip to fourth in Division C albeit with a game in hand, although even a win in that game would only raise them to third.

The 3rds went to second placed Chilwell in a top of the table clash and took the honours in a low scoring affair by 4 wickets.  The win takes them 54 points clear at the top of Division J.  After an aggressive opening blast the hosts lost wickets regularly and posted 123 on a difficult track following heavy overnight rain.  Sam Henson 3 for 16 and Pete Bateman 3 for 41 were the top wicket takers but there were also economical spells from Arjun Sandhu and George Barker.  In our reply early wickets put us on the back foot with only Pete Bateman making inroads with 32 and at 77 for 6 the game could have slipped away from us.  However skipper Sam Randall with 38* and a typically stalwart innings from Matt Shaw put on the necessary 47 runs to see us home.

On Long Lane the 4ths were in a similar low scoring scrap as they bowled out Whatton & Aslockton for 97 with Ciaran Doherty taking his first 5 wicket haul for the club with 5 for 13 and Finlay Meakin 2 for 4.  Finlay also had a large part to play with the bat in the reply with an unbeaten 28 to see us home by 5 wickets.  The 4ths continue to put pressure on the top two teams in Division M.

The 4ths before their game with Whatton & Aslockton

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