|Dominic Harvey in action on Saturday - photography by Karen Barker.|
The 2nds started their campaign at home to Notts Unity Casuals and won by 6 wickets! Will Shields who is the new 2nd team captain won the toss and put the opposition into bat. The away team were bowled out for 137 inside 48 overs with some brilliant bowling upfront by Tom Shields (8-2-19-2) who picked up a wicket in the very first ball of the game! The remainder of the wickets were shared out incl. 2 wickets each for debutants Siddhant Jhurani who has played for the UAE 1st team (8-2-21-2) and Will Such (4-0-17-2). The target was chased down inside 39 overs with an opening partnership of 79 from Thom Murray (39, 5 fours and 1 six) and Will Such (25, 3 fours). Burhan Alam was not out with 21 at the end taking the 2nds over the line. Full scorecard here.
|Thom Murray in action on Saturday - photography by Karen Barker.|
The 3rds started their season away to Chilwell in another close game. New captain Sam Clulow like Steve and Will put the opposition into bat and did really well again. Chilwell were restricted to 156 for 9 from their 45 overs with some fantastic bowling from the opening pair and good friends George Barker (12-5-30-3) and Alistair Lee (9-1-35-3). The 3rds then came to bat and were 25 runs short with wickets coming at regular intervals. Colin McConnell (26) and Richard Henson (28) got the team close but there were 4 points were picked up which is a positive. Full scorecard here.
|Richard Henson in action on Saturday - photography by Karen Barker.|
To round up Saturday's action, the 4ths were home at one of their 2 new venues (Highfields, University ground) and beat East Bridgford by 7 wickets with a few notable performances. New captain Sam Randall stuck with the running theme and put the opposition into bat. East Bridgford managed to score 162 off their 45 overs losing 9 wickets in the process. Matt Ahluwalia was the standout bowler picking up 4 wickets for 36 from 11 overs. Lucas Rhodes bowled well upfront (8-2-25-2) and 12 year old Oliver Mee who made his first senior appearance for the club picked up 2 wickets (3-0-13-2). The 4ths came into bat and chased down the total inside 39 overs with 'Mr.Consistency' Carl Knight leading the way at the top of the order with a smooth 66 (7 fours). Opening partner Seth Puddy scored 24 with Lakshay Sharma (21) and the returning Mark Bateman (20*) contributing to the victory too. Full scorecard here.
Sunday... there were wins for both teams! Martin Rayner who is in charge of the new T20 development side led his team to victory at Keyworth. Attenborough batted first and scored 162 from their allotted 20 overs with a terrific opening partnership by Siddhant Jhurani (47, 4 fours and 1 six) and Neil Thurlow (41, 4 fours and 1 six). Keyworth then batted and were 53 runs short ending up on 109 from their 20 overs with Alistair Lee starring with the ball again taking 3 wickets for 22 (4-0-22-3). Not to forget, there was an amazing catch taken by the skipper 'Raino' running back, diving and catching the pink ball with his weaker left hand.
Finally, the friendly XI (2nd team) were home to Sutton on the Hill and won by 63 runs. The 2nds batted first and scored 176 for 5 from their 40 overs with David Harris top scoring with 64. He was well backed up by Phil Wort who scored a dazzling quick fire 35. Sutton on the Hill were then bowled out inside 35 overs for 113 with Mason Tolley (13 years old) picking up 4 for 21 in an impressive spell of bowling.
|Alistair Lee in action on Saturday - photography by Karen Barker.|