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Mixed results for Balderton and Collingham in Nottinghamshire Premier League Division Two cricket

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Balderton’s cricketers chased down 236 runs for another successful Saturday in the Nottinghamshire Premier League Division Two.

But there were more struggles for Collingham, who lost to Caythorpe by six wickets thanks to devastating bowling by former first-class player Mark Footitt.

Balderton were at home to Thoresby, whose opener Ximus Du Plooy is the highest run-scorer in the division.

Scott Barnsdale bowling for Balderton.
Scott Barnsdale bowling for Balderton.

He put on 67 before being bowled by Christopher Dobbie as Thoresby set the target of 236.

Ryan Charlesworth ended with three for 45 and continues a great season for his club, having taken the most wickets so far with 19.

It looked like an uphill battle for the home side, but they reached the target comfortably in under 42 overs and with the loss of only five wickets.

Tom Shepherd bowling for Balderton.
Tom Shepherd bowling for Balderton.

Balderton captain Tim Clipsham was delighted with the result.

“It was a great effort, they are a good batting side and started quickly,” he said.

“We did well by managing to lower their scoring in the last 25 overs.

“Our fielding was brilliant. It is something we have been practising. We knew the wicket would spin, our bowlers did well.”

Balderton wicket keeper Shalith Fernando.
Balderton wicket keeper Shalith Fernando.

Clipsham said everyone chipped in with the batting. He highlighted the partnership between Dobbie and Alfie Morley as stand-out with Dobbie top scoring on 57 runs.

Several players scored 30 runs or more, with the captain (36) Shalith Fernando (37) Aaron Keverne-Onyon (39) and Alfie Morley (39) all having good innings.

“Young Alfie Moore did really well but it was a great performance all around,” said Clipsham.

The Balderton club still sit in fourth place in the table but are now only two points below Mansfield Hosiery Mills Cricket Club.

Balderton play at home against Cuckney 2nds on Saturday.

Collingham suffered disappointment at mid-table Caythorpe, who won by six wickets.

On a bowler-friendly wicket, Caythorpe elected to field first and deployed former Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Surrey player Footitt to devastating effect.

The left-arm fast-medium bowler took three wickets for 14 runs, including two ducks.

“The result was disappointing but the match was closer than indicated,” said Collingham captain Oliver Dyson.

Collingham’s middle order young guns Ben Jones and Liam Tew put up a valiant effort with scores of 23 and 40 respectively.

Captain Oliver Dyson had hoped his team would make 150 to 160 runs but on a difficult day were all out for 111.

The tail order collapsed with the last four batsmen adding only 15 to the team total.

To their credit, Collingham did not give up and came out to bowl tenaciously.

Sixteen-year-old Liam Tew almost attained his hat-trick taking two wickets with the first two balls of Collingham’s innings.

This offered an initial scare for Caythorpe but they soon settled into a rhythm and reached the target with wickets to spare.

Dyson said 14-year-old Ben Jones and fellow teenager Liam Tew were part of the cricketing present and future at Collingham.

“It is mind-blowing how good these guys are,” he said.

“They are already playing at a high level for their age and doing very well.”

Jones has impressed with three half centuries and a top score of 59. His best bowling figures for the season are currently one for 22.

Fellow teenager Tew has a top score of 52 with the one half century under his belt and an average score of 23.67. His bowling is impressive with best figures of four for 22 and 23 wickets for his club in the season so far.

Dyson said the team was looking forward to the fixture at home against Clipstone Cricket Club next week and wanted to get the top-five batters firing in that match.

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