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Division C teams Newark R and M and Southwell lose against West Bridgfordians and Flintham respectively in the South Notts Cricket League.

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There was disappointment for Newark R&M and Southwell at the weekend as both lost their matches in Division C of the South Notts Cricket League.

Both were at home with Newark playing top-of-the-table West Bridgfordians and Southwell taking on mid-table Flintham.

Newark R and M. Image by Rob Currell (57897131)
Newark R and M. Image by Rob Currell (57897131)
Southwell waiting to bat. Image by Rob Currell (57897134)
Southwell waiting to bat. Image by Rob Currell (57897134)

Southwell were in the relegation zone before the game and were hoping to fight their way out, but it wasn’t to be, though, as they lost by 52 runs.

Newark R&M fielded first against a strong West Bridgfordian side and ended up losing the match by 91 runs.

The visitors set about building a solid total with the openers alone getting their side over 100 runs between them.

Newark went into the game missing leading batsman Rob Matchett, who has already hit 306 runs for the season.

Bowler Matthew Evans was also away for the home side and Newark missed him dearly as the Bridgfordian openers went to work effectively.

Jon Sheard was finally bowled by Michael Stackhouse for 62 with his partner Thomas Pritchard falling for 40 off a Charlie Hauton delivery.

John Croasdale was the number three batsman for West Bridgfordians and managed a strong 45 before being caught by Dan Gregorick off a K. B. Alex ball.

It didn’t help the home side that they suffered an injury to Rob Buckley and had to field around 25 overs with only ten men.

Newark battled on though and the captain of West Bridgfordians fell for a duck thanks to the bowling of Stackhouse who ended up with four for 57 runs.

Tom Hardman ran out Mir Abdullah for 24 runs and Antony Freeman finished on 34 not out.
Charlie Hauton finished on one wicket for 34 runs and K. B. Alex also took a single wicket for 55.

West Bridgfordians accumulated a total of 247 for seven by the end of their allocated overs.

Thomas Gregorick fell for seven runs as he was caught by Matt Lyon off the bowling of Josh Sheriston.

Newark plodded along but were unable to generate enough of a run rate to pose any real claim to the victory against the league leaders.

Kelham Road. Image by Rob Currell (58187181)
Kelham Road. Image by Rob Currell (58187181)

Dan Gregorick scored 23 before being caught by Sheriston off a Darren Shaw ball.

Hauton and Jack Edwards were both dismissed via LBW for 14 and 18 respectively.

Stackhouse managed 17 before being dismissed.

Newark ran out of overs with captain Harry Atkinson at the crease not out for 44.

The captain was joined by Tom Hardman on 17 not out as the Newark side finished the game on 150 ­— 91 runs short of the target.
“[Things] didn’t go to plan, however, we were potentially up against it due to key players missing the game,” said Atkinson.

“We still had a good side but due to an early injury, we ended up fielding for around 25 overs with ten men.

“They got far too many runs and we missed Matt Evans’s tight bowling in the middle overs.

“The team stuck at it through to the end and I couldn’t have asked for much more.

“There are bigger games to come, we hope to go and win next week and forget about this result,” he said.

Newark will take on seventh placed Ruddington this Saturday.

They currently sit second on the table 24 points behind the match victors.

Southwell hosted Flintham and were hoping to turn recent fortunes around against their opposition.

The side experienced some instant bad luck when opening bowler Tom Glenn was injured.

“After winning the toss and choosing to bowl in conditions that suited the bowlers, it was unlucky to see our leading wicket-taker Tom Glenn have to leave the field after his first over,” said Southwell captain, David Bates.

Flintham used all of their overs posting a score of 209 for seven.

Southwell on the field. (42225250)
Southwell on the field. (42225250)

“Flintham wickets fell at regular intervals but they posted a score that was probably slightly above par,” said Bates.

“Olly Stanley bowled well with some excellent slower balls, as he finished with four wickets to his name for 47 runs.”

Spencer Taylor was the best with the bat for the visiting Flintham with a score of 70 not out.

In response Southwell could only manage 157 runs, falling short by 52.

Joe Fryer top scored with 42 with Dan Stokes managing 40.

“Sadly we never kept up with the required run rate, but this was largely due to some impeccable bowling from Flintham’s openers,” said Bates.

Joey Fryer and Danny Stokes both added impetus to the innings, but the rate required got too high and wickets were lost as we had to take the risky option.”

Southwell will next play Belvoir on Saturday at home.

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