The 2nds hosted Gedling Colliery in another Survival Saturday special! The 2nds won the toss in the last game of their season and elected to field. Gedling Colliery reached a score of 193 for 8 from their allocated 50 overs with Ian 'Stone Cold' Stone taking 5 wickets for 46. Stone's wickets were crucial as they helped the 2nds nearly achieve maximum bowling points. The response from the 2nds wasn't great as at one stage it was 37 for 5 with captain Martin 'Shoey' Shoemaker still at the crease. However, Peter Bateman came in next and with 'Shoey', an amazing partnership of 94 was built which led to more points being achieved. The 2nds did finish 24 runs short of Gedling Colliery's total but were not bowled out and this was due to the efforts from Peter (39) and a very determined Shoemaker in his last game as captain (79* from 123 balls including 12 fours and 1 six), full scorecard here. 7 points were picked up here and based on the other results in the league, the 2nds managed to scrape out of the relegation zone, view table here. However... the 1sts will need to avoid relegation for the 2nds to stay in Division A so this gives you another incentive to come and watch on Saturday at The Strand!
The 3rds hosted top of the league Madni in their last game of the season. Madni won the toss and elected to bat. The 3rds struggled to restrict them as they put 208 on the board from their 45 overs. James Binnie and Colin McConnell managed to pick up 2 wickets each. The 3rds never got going in the second half of the game with Madni proving why they are at the summit, full scorecard here. On a postive note, Sam Randall and his troops managed to regain Division H status for next season comfortably finishing mid-table in a very competitive league. A massive well done!
To sum up the Saturday games, the 4ths were away to Wollaton in their last game of the season too. This was a nail-biter! Wollaton batted first and were bowled out for 90 inside 34 overs with opening bowler Ciaran Doherty (12-3-29-3) and upcoming off spinner Seth Puddy (7.3-2-22-3) doing the damage. Ciaran and Seth were backed up by senior colts Reece Caine and Dilip Krishanand who picked up 2 wickets each. The 4ths came into bat and it didn't go to plan at all! Wollaton restricted the 4ths to 35 for 6 but a fantastic partnership by captain Gordon Airey (27) and MoTM Reece (20) brought them over the line with Seth hitting the winning runs, full scorecard here. Just like the 3rds, the 4ths have had a great season and will continue to play their cricket in Division K next season, view full table here.
Finally, the Sunday 1sts aka Firby's Warriors hosted West Bridgfordians in their final game of the 2017. In a reduced over game (30 overs), the 1sts batted first scoring 123 with Peter Bhabra top scoring with 43 at the top of the order again. West Bridgfordians came into the bat and the rain got the best of both sides with the game eventually being abandoned, view scorecard here. Firby's Warriors have managed to secure promotion to Division 1 by finishing 2nd to Rainbow, view full table here. Congratulations to Martin Firbank and his team.