South Notts Cricket League round-up: Balderton fall to West Bridgfordians 1sts while Southwell duo inspire Lowdham win
Balderton 1sts (188 for eight) drew with West Bridgfordians 1sts (288 for six)
A MUCH-CHANGED Balderton missing several of their first team regulars took eight points from their losing draw with West Bridgfordians.
The result saw Balderton drop to seventh in the table, five points from the promotion places and 26 points from top spot.
Number five Rhys Hayes led the way for the visitors, taking 85 runs from 105 balls, an impressive stand following the work of openers Alex Winiarski (25) and Travis Holland (33).
Following the change after 44 overs, stand-in captain Chris Dobbie opted to open with Ben Ryder (21) and Ian Sellers (24) which was built upon by the middle order, including Dobbie himself, who was caught on 56 runs with Balderton at 173 for seven.
Despite the steady progress, Balderton needed to up their run rate to match that of West Bridgfordians.
However, the tail order failed to get going, mostly because of the strong bowling of Saad Naseem.
Numerous first teamers will return next week against a Calverton side who are one place below them.
Southwell 1sts (200 for one) beat Lowdham 1sts (197 for eight) by nine wickets
A SUPER partnership between James Johnston and Joe Fryer helped Southwell to a 19-point win on Saturday — their fourth victory in a row.
Having lost the loss, Southwell were forced to field which looked to have gone against them when Lowdham opener Gopal Thakker hit 84, before being bowled out with his side at 181 for four.
But a tail end collapse prevented the visitors from building on their score ahead of what proved to be one of Southwell’s most comfortable batting performances of the season.
Fryer opened alongside captain Tom Clarke, with the latter falling on eight runs while Fryer had 13.
Then number three Johnston stepped up, who hit 106 and cracked a ruthless partnership with Fryer (79 not out) as the hosts won inside 34 overs.