South Notts Cricket League: Collingham continue to pressure Division A leaders Balderton
Collingham 1sts (138 for one) beat Belvoir (134 all out) by nine wickets
A convincing 20-point win ensured Collingham kept pace with South Notts A leaders Balderton.
Oli Dyson said he couldn’t have asked for a stronger team performance.
“It was another really good and convincing win from us — I can’t ask for much more,” said the Collingham captain.
“We won the toss and bowled first on a wicket that we thought would have quite a bit in it.
“Our bowlers really stuck to the task and we managed to keep taking wickets.
“They had a decent partnership to get them to 60 for one, but then we took wicket after wicket to take them to 99 for eight, so they lost 39 for seven, which really put us in the game.
“They had a small partnership at the end, but we were confident with the score.”
Mohammad Mohsin bowled Belvoir opener Jack Copley after three balls as Collingham got off to a strong start.
Copley’s replacement, Olly Clayfield, managed 16 in his partnership with Jamie Morgan, but the latter was caught on 38 by Dyson, which started the Belvoir collapse.
Clayfield managed a further two runs before he was bowled by Mohsin — the second of his three wickets.
From there, only Akmal Hassan and Ryan Lewis managed double digits as the hosts were all out in the 38th over.
Dyson said he stressed the game was not won before the chase had begun.
“We knew the wicket would be a problem so it was a case of going out and batting well,” he said. “But then Jacob Fisher played the best he had all year — he looked outstanding.”
Andrew Laughton (12 runs from 30 balls) and Fisher opened, and Mohsin joined when the former fell with Fisher on 32.
Mohsin (49 from 43) and Fisher (53 from 79) put on a partnership of 80 to win the game inside 26 overs.
“Those two (Fisher and Mohsin) never gave them a chance so it was really pleasing to watch,” said Dyson, who talked down chances of the title.
“Next week is another tough game against Calverton who have nothing to play which can make them even more dangerous.
“We know if we play near to our best then nobody can beat us, and that is all we can do. The rest will take care of itself.”
Dyson also addressed his side’s return to form, claiming it was a matter of finding consistency.
“Looking at the season as a whole we have have competed in every game and we have won 70 to 80 of the 90 to 100 overs in every game, but small periods in games have really hurt us,” he said.
“Against Cavaliers and Balderton there was five to six overs that killed us and against Gedling Sherwood we drifted off for nine or ten overs, but it was about being consistent.”