South Notts Cricking League: Balderton’s bowlers show their class against Calverton
Balderton (92 for one) beat Calverton (91 all out) by nine wickets
Balerton bounced up the Division A table with a flawless win at Calverton.
Captain Tim Clipsham applauded his bowlers for their efforts and congratulated Chris Morris for taking one of the best catches he had ever seen.
“I said in the team talk before we went out that the bowlers had been doing the business for us all season, and that it was up to the batsman to do a job and set a score that would hopefully be good enough to win,” said Clipsham.
But Balderton were forced to field first, which gave their bowlers a chance to get the business done.
“Scott Barnsdale came out all guns’ blazing and again proved why he is such an underrated player for us,” Clipsham said.
“He doesn’t come in and sling it down as quick as he can, he puts in the spot and he is consistent with it, week-in, week-out.
“I am chuffed that he is starting to get the wickets he deserved after coming back (from a cracked rib).
“Tom Shephard, again at the top, was exceptional and Chris Morris took a catch (on Yohance McKenzie) that was unbelievable — it was one of the best I have ever seen in amateur cricket.
“Standing deep square leg, the ball came down with snow on it and he took it like a pro — it was unbelievable.
“Billy Smart (club coach) has been working us hard and putting the hours in and it is thanks to him that we are seeing improvements,”
Barnsdale and Shephard each finished with three wickets, while Ryan and Aaron Charlesworth took one and two apiece respectively.
Ben Ryder (32 not out) and Ryan Charlesworth (18) opened, putting together 46 runs before Chris Morris (36 not out) helped Balderton over the line in the 19th over.
“With four games to go it is one of those where we could either win it, or finish seventh,” said Clipsham.
“We need to win them all and that starts with another big game against third place (Ellerslie) on Saturday.