In response Carl Knight (47) and Seth Puddy got the side off to a flyer and the 4ths never looked back with Josh Knight seeing us home with a fluent 60* featuring 11 fours which propelled the side to 3rd in the league. Full scorecard here.
Next, we will now take our attention to the 3rds who were away to Long Eaton. Captain 'Clubber' Clulow won the toss and put the opposition into bat. It was a great decision as Long Eaton were bowled out for 136 in 42 overs with the 'Wildman' Charlie Simkiss leading the way yet again with 4 wickets (10-4-30-4). He was backed up well by the club's current leading wicket taker, Alistair Lee (12-0-36-3). The 3rds came out to bat and unfortunately ended up 12 runs short as the returning Matt Shaw was the main contributor with 28*. However, 5 points were achieved as the Squirrels are currently positioned mid-table in a competitive division. Scorecard here.
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The 1sts were away to Plumtree and looking to build on a great team performance last week. Skipper Steve won the toss and put the home side into bat. Plumtree managed to rack up a score of 279 for 8 from their 50 overs. Pete Bhabra was pick of the bowlers grabbing 3 wickets (12-0-53-3). The home side's total proved too much for the Squirrels as the 1sts were bowled out for 130 inside 44 overs as Paldip Sidhu top scored with 30. Full scorecard here.
Lastly (on Saturday!), the 2nds were home to Ellerslie. Will won the toss and elected to field and it started off well as the opposition's openers were dismissed quickly by fan favourite George 'GB' Barker (10-1-51-2) and Tom 'Lego' Shields (10-3-31-1). However, an unbeaten century by Ellerslie's number 3 catapulted their score to 227 from their 50 overs. Sadly, the 2nds came out to bat and lost their first 3 wickets for only 24. Despite that, William Buckfield (43, 5 fours) batted very well and formed a great fifth wicket partnership of 72 with 'Mr. Wagon Wheel' Neil Thurlow who was very fluent and explosive! Neil hit several lusty blows including 3 huge sixes in his 57 (6 fours too!) as he led a brilliant counter-attack. Despite William and Neil's great efforts, the 2nds were 49 runs short but 7 points were picked up in the process. Full scorecard here.
|Neil Thurlow in action last Saturday - photography by Karen Barker.|
Now for Sunday, there were 3 games and I will start off with a little report from captain of the 2nd team, Nick 'Gibbo' Gibson... I won the toss and elected to bat at Chilwell. Our batters struggled with extremely inconsistent bounce (to put it politely!) as Tolley Sr (47) seeing us through to 101. Chris was supported by Alex Lawrence (19) and Lakshay 'Dhoni' Sharma (13). The home side coped better with the surface passing our total with 2 of their batsmen retiring out. Only wickets were taken by myself (4.4-2-10-2) and Alex (4-0-12-1). Full scorecard here.
Next, the 1sts entertained Kimberley in the quarter final of the NPL Twenty20 Cup. T20 captain Ian 'Stoney' Stone won the toss and stuck the away side into bat. Kimberley were restricted to 103 for 8 from their 20 overs due to some magnificent bowling from 2 members of the 'Spin Quartet', Martin 'Raino' Rayner (3-0-19-3) and Tom 'Muzz' Murray (4-0-12-3). The Squirrels came out to bat and struggled as wickets went down on regular intervals with Ben Bhabra showing some resistance (26, 4 fours and 1 six). The 1sts found themselves at 73 for 9 still needing 31 more runs. The game went down to wire but unluckily Stoney (19*, 1 four and a six) and his side were bowled out in the last over as the away side won by 4 runs in the game of the weekend. Full scorecard here.
Finally, the unbeaten T20 side led by vice-captain Burhan 'Baz' Alam hosted Cavaliers and Carrington at The Strand straight after the quarter final. The away side batted first scoring 121 as 'proper' all-rounder Peter Bateman led the way with 4 wickets. This score was knocked off only losing 2 wickets in the process. Ben Bhabra top scoring again with 32 and he was assisted well by Thurlow (28), Baz (28*) and Lucas Stentiford (19*).
Thanks go to Sam Randall, Karen Barker and Nick Gibson for their contributions :)