This weekend consisted of only 4 out of the 6 games being completed due to the rain but there were a lot of positives to take out of each of the games! The 1st team were home to Farnsfield and captain Steve lost the toss and the 1sts were put into bat. It didn't start well with the top 3 being dismissed for only 27. There was a slight recovery but at 103 for 5, the opposition still had the upper hand. Paldip Sidhu and Craig Heiden were now at the crease and they put on a fantastic partnership of 68 to lead the home side to a good total. Paldip who is another new signing this year made 60 from 94 balls (5 fours, 1 six) and he showed great grit and determination to dig in especially with key batsmen around him getting out. Craig who came in at number 7 was fluent and scored a brilliant 55* (3 fours, 1 six) at the other end. The 1sts ended up on 208 for 7 from their 50 overs thanks to a little cameo at the end from Pete Bhabra (21* from 15 balls incl. 3 fours). The score was defended and the 1sts won by 32 runs picking up their 1st victory and a maximum 20 points! Big bro and opening bowler Ben Bhabra picked up 3 wickets (7.4-0-34-3) but Andrew 'Simmo' Simkiss spun a web and picked up 4 wickets for only 16 runs (8-0-16-4) including the prize wicket of the opposing captain who was set to spoil the party. A great team performance. Full scorecard here.
After a sizzling display last week, the 2nds were away to Clifton Village. The home side won the toss and elected to bat in batsman-friendly conditions. The 2nds picked up early wickets however there were a couple of partnerships which threatened to hurt. All-rounder Thom Murray was introduced and managed to pick up 2 wickets in a very short spell (2-0-10-2) which dented the away side's hopes of posting a mammoth score. In addition, opening bowler Ian 'Stone Cold' Stone picked up 4 wickets (14.2-1-48-4) including 2 batsmen who were set and scoring freely. Ian's versatility resulted in the away side being bowled out in the last over for 226. The 2nds came out to chase and it didn't start off well with the first wicket being lost for only 15 however Thom who was the top scorer from last week had different plans. Thom who was heavily tested by a combination of quick, aggressive and swing bowling fought very hard to neutralise their efforts and scored an outstanding 71* from 81 balls (11 fours, 2 sixes). He was very well supported by the calm and collected Burhan who looked very comfortable under the high levels of pressure to score 23* (1 four, 1 six). The 2nds were at 105 for 1 from 25 overs when the rain set in and abandoned play. Another great performance with the rain potentially ruining the chances of another 20 points. Scorecard here.
The 3rds were home to Hucknall and captain Sam Clulow lost the toss which led to the 3rds being put into bat. The 3rds managed to post a very competitive score of 219 from their 45 overs as Albert Gardiner top scored with a chanceless century (100*, 9 fours). This was the first ton of the season for the club and Albert's first in league cricket! He was well supported by the up and coming Alex Lawrence (34) and vice-captain Richard Henson (41) who both hit 5 boundaries each. Unfortunately the rain came and abandoned play. Just like the 2nds, it was looking like a positive result would be achieved. The opposition were 4 wickets down for 90 with Sam Henson standing out with the ball picking up 2 dismissals (5-0-22-2). Scorecard here.
To round up Saturday's action, the 4ths were away to Old Dalby looking to build on from their victory last week. Captain Sam Randall won the toss and put the opposition into bat. On the penultimate ball of the innings, the home side were bowled out for 210 with opening bowler Lucas Rhodes headlining. Lucas picked up 4 wickets (7.5-1-30-4) and he was backed up by fellow senior colt Lewis Caine (only 13 years old) who grabbed 2 wickets (12-2-56-2). The 4ths came out to bat and started off well with a partnership of 51 being put on the board for no loss by last week's top scorer Carl Knight (21, 3 fours) and Seth Puddy (32, 6 fours). However, there was a collapse with 5 wickets being lost for only 51 runs. Josh Knight (34, 3 fours and 1 six) led the fight back with Andy Waddle (27, 3 fours) but were later dismissed with the 4ths ending up 38 runs short from the target. On a positive note, 7 points were achieved and there were a lot of encouraging performances especially from the less experienced players. Full scorecard here.
Moving onto the Sunday fixtures, the T20 side were away to Nottingham Kings XI and batted first in another convincing performance. The T20 side scored 156 from their 20 overs with vice-captain and in-form Burhan top scoring with 39. Skipper Martin Rayner scored 27* and the young talented keeper batsman Lucas Stentiford (14 years old) made 32. The opposition were bowled out for 101 with youngsters Tauseef Kataria, Seth Puddy and Alex Lawrence picking up wickets. Moreover, Lucas kept well on a difficult, uncovered pitch and he managed to perform a sharp stumping. Top of the league and great strides being made in developing the skills for each of the ones involved.
Finally, the Sunday 2nds were home to Travellers in a competitive game. New captain Nick Gibson led the side for the first time and he won the toss and elected to bat. The 2nds were bowled out for 142 inside 39 overs with David Harris top scoring at the top of the order again with 27. There were notable scores from youth cricketers Morgan Jones (19, opened the batting), Mason Tolley (16), Zain Ali (16) and Tom Benton (18) too. The away side managed to chase down the total with only 3 wickets and 15 balls spare. Nevertheless, it was a great effort to contain the opposition with some great disciplined bowling. Mason was pick of the bowlers (7-1-22-2).