South Notts Cricket League: Collingham edged out by Ellerslie
Collingham (194 for seven) lost by three wickets to Ellerslie (195 for seven)
Collingham lost narrowly at Ellerslie on Saturday to end a miserable July in which they failed to collect a win in four straight weeks.
Having started the month on top of South Notts Division A, they now find themselves down in seventh place (of 10) although only five points adrift of a promotion position.
Despite defeat, captain Oli Dyson remained optimistic.
“I think it’s fair to say that the last few weeks haven’t quite gone to plan, but we are still very much in the hunt for top five and promotion,” said Dyson.
“Everyone is beating everyone else so it’s up to us to take matters into our own hands by winning the next four games.”
Collingham were asked to bat first and progressed at more than four runs per over for most of the innings, managing to keep wickets in hand until deep into their allocation.
Opener Jacob Fisher top-scored for the visitors with 54 from 118 deliveries including six fours and a six right out of the meat of the bat. Pro Mohammad Mohsin, coming in at three, registered a brisk 30 at a run a ball and stand-in keeper Harry Webster added 45 not out to see Collingham to a defendable total.
Ellerslie began in unhurried style, reaching 48 in 16 overs before the 1st wicket, that of Ryan Duggan, fell, bowled, to Wilf Wright.
Wickets then fell fairly regularly as the hosts struggled to keep their scoring rate above three an over.
It was only with the loss of the 5th wicket, with 57 still needed from 64 balls, that Ellerslie opener and skipper John Wakeling injected just enough urgency to see his side home with two balls and three wickets to spare.
The game remained in the balance until late in the 2nd innings, but the fact that Wakeling batted through for 80 not out from 131 balls, meant that Ellerslie always looked in control and would have needed to be bowled out for Collingham to prevail.
Defeat came with only two balls remaining, but this was attributable to a timely maiden in the 49th over from Ravi Yarwood-Paintal, when only four runs were needed.
Collingham look to bounce back against West Bridgfordians on Saturday.