Flying Farndon kick-start season with convincing win in South Notts Cricket League
Farndon 1sts (128 for four) defeated Bottesford 1sts (127 for nine) by six wickets
TOP-SCORER Martyn Hill said it was comfortable opener for Farndon, as he praised a great team performance.
Farndon’s first-team were one of the first in the district to register a post-lockdown win as Collingham 1sts, Newark R&M 1sts, Southwell 1sts and Balderton 1sts all fell to opening day defeats.
It was a strong start as the visitors quickly rattled through the Bottesford batting order.
Only Alfie Morley (28) Morgan Mullens (21) and Jonathan Hines (29) managed to reach double figures.
Farndon’s new signing Dan Collington took three wickets, while Dave Adwick and John Esam each took two.
Ashveer Gill also took a wicket from his six overs.
Hill said: “”It was a good first game for the club (referring to debutant Collington).
“He got three wickets, a catch, and a run out.
“He definitely made an impact on his debut, but everyone chipped in.”
Farndon, chasing 127, started strongly in bat.
“I went out in the eighth over on 44, and we were already a third of the way there by then,” said Hill.
“Again, it was a case of everyone chipping in.
“Everybody managed double figures apart from Luke McGuiness, who faced two balls.
“And from a batting point of view that is always a good thing.”
The two-point win moved Farndon joint-top of Division E North alongside East Bridgford 1sts and Lowdham 1sts.
Hill said the club were aiming for a top two finish as it would secure them a play-off spot.
In Division H (North), Farndon 2nds (93 all out) fell 13 runs short against Midlands 1sts (106 all out).
Collingham 1sts (187 for nine) lost by 108 runs against Belvoir 1sts (295 for seven)
A PERSISTENT Belvoir caused problems for Collingham’s first teamers as Division A returned for its first round of fixtures.
Captain Oliver Dyson said his side lacked match practice, in what was their first competitive fixture of the year.
However, he welcomed the challenge ahead as Collingham plan to field a young side for the short season.
“It was great to get back out there and I speak for the whole club when I say that,” said Dyson.
“We have all missed playing cricket and it was nice to give the young lads a go.
“The coming six or seven games will be a good chance to see what our younger players can do, and what they can bring to the party moving forward.”
On the day, Belvoir were too strong for the visitors.
The opening partnership of Sam Nightingale (86 from 101) and Lewis Dann (52 for 64) managed to reach 149 runs before the latter fell, with Nightingale on 70.
“They were a very impressive side,” said Dyson.
“They played a lot better and we were still a little bit rusty.
“You could tell that they had played the week before, and on the day it showed.”
Belvoir tallied 295 from their 40 overs, and Dyson said the game was all but over at halfway.
“We were going to struggle to match that, so it was about going out and getting some tough practice in the middle,” said Dyson.
Harrison Allen top-scored for Collingham with 44 runs from 71 balls, giving him a strike rate of 61.97.
Dyson managed 40 runs from the 30 balls he faced.
East Bridgford 2nds (149 for four) defeated Collingham 3rds (145 all out) by six wickets in well-fought Division H (North) fixture.
Southwell 1sts (161 for nine) lost by 55 runs against Hickling 1sts (216 for six)
NEWLY-APPOINTED South-well captain Tom Clarke said his side bowled well for 32 overs, but were outdone by Hickling’s number six Edward Sidebottom (51 not out).
“We bowled really well until he (Sidebottom) came in,” said Clarke.
“We were smashed out of the park and he took the game away from us.”
Captain Clarke opened for Southwell and fell on 14, and that score proved to be the best score of the opening order as Joe Fryer (six) Adam Gell (nine) Chris Miller (three) and Max Collins (five) struggled to get going.
“We fell away, but number nine and ten, Greg Behl and David Bates, pulled it back for us and made it a respectable score,” said Clarke.
The captain highlighted the performance of Dan Stokes, a young player who managed to hit two sixes and bowled well, despite not taking a wicket.
“We have netted throughout lockdown, but when you get out there it is always a bit different, but they were a good side so I’m hopeful the wins will come.”
Southwell 2nds (121 for four) won by six wickets against Lambley Village (120 all out).
Tim Green’s 70 not out put the game out of reach.
Bingham 1sts (211 for nine) defeated Newark Ransome & Marles 1sts (108 for nine) by 103 runs
A STRONG middle order helped a buoyant Bingham side comeback from an early setback as they hit 211 in 40 overs.
Despite the Bingham win, it was 15-year-old Newark bowler Jack Edwards who took centre stage as he claimed five wickets from his eight overs.
Edwards bowled the Bingham openers in quick succession, and it looked like a positive start from Newark at 39 for three.
However, Morgan Smith’s 56 and Stuart Mills’ 30 helped the hosts reach a respectable 211.
Dave Morris proved to be ruthless as he took four wickets and conceded just 19 runs at the turnaround, while Stuart Mills (2-16) and Nigel Porter (2-22) also boasted economy rates under 2.75.
Newark opener Carl Squires top-scored with 32.
Newark R&M 2nds, of Division H (169 for four) were 109 run winners against Lowdham 2nds (60 all out).
In Division J (South) Newark R&M 3rds managed a victory, in what was a good weekend for the club.
They were four wicket winners against Radcliffe 3rds (138 all out).
Balderton 1sts (179 for nine) lost by four wickets against Cavaliers and Carrington 2nds (183 for five)
CHRIS DOBBIE’S 44 helped Balderton to a strong 179 runs after 40 overs, but a strong middle order batting display from the hosts proved to be too much his side.
Aaron Charlesworth (36) and Ian Sellars (25) put up notable scores for the visitors, however, Shaharyar Aslam (59) and Muhammad Yasar (58 not out) formed a partnership too strong for Balderton’s bowlers.
Balderton 2nds (188 all out) were 48 runs short at Kirkby 2nds (238 for six) as they fell to a four wicket loss.