Fixtures this weekend: Sat 1st XI @ Radcliffe-on-Trent, 2nd XI home to Hucknall, 3rd XI home @ Gedling Colliery, 4th XI home to Newark Ransome & Marles, Sun Charity Match.

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Saturday Results

With the 1st XI game at Long eaton being called off due to the weather and the 2nd XI not having a game the focus fell onto the 3rds and 4ths.

At Woodborough the 3rds were in search of just their second win of the season in order to prevent themselves slipping further behind at the nether regions of Division H.  Asked to bat first the team showed great resolve on a green wicket to score 139 for 8 off a reduced 40 overs.  There was a 53 run second wicket partnership between Pete Bateman 32 and Finlay Meakin 18 showing the necessary patience interspersed with aggression.  Once this pair were out and another wicket fell within the space of 5 balls the innings could have fallen apart.  However, in the context of the game, significant contributions came from all further down the order and the innings closed at 139, just one short of a third batting point.  A great effort on a wicket where 100 was deemed to be a good score.  In reply Woodborough were soon in trouble as Charlie Simkiss claimed the first 3.  Wickets then fell between the showers and there was a real doubt that an excellent game would be concluded.  The fielding was always very good, there was tight bowling from George Barker with 8 overs for 10 runs but the final word went to Ali Lee who took his second diving catch of the match to add to a direct hit run out from the mid wicket boundary, took 2 wickets and scored 7 important unbeaten runs at the end of our innings. A much needed win by 37 runs - well done lads.

At Long Lane there was a resounding win for the 4ths by 7 wickets over Lowdham.  Asked to bat first Lowdham were bowled out for a challenging 161 with skipper Gordon Airey claiming three wickets.  Our reply started very slowly with Carl Knight and Gordon Airey (36) getting accustomed to the wicket but then Carl took the game by the scruff of the neck hitting 3 sixes and four 4s on his way to 78 runs. An excellent win was duly secured with two overs to spare. 

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