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South Notts Cricket League Division D: Much-changed Newark R&M all but secure season goal with win as Southwell lose at East Bridgford

Newark R&M 1sts (164 all out) beat West Bridgfordians (132 all out) by 32 runs

NEWARK have all but confirmed a spot in the top five of the South Notts D.

The Kelham Road side moved up to third with their 19 points win, 24 points ahead of sixth place Southwell.

NEWARK R&M’s 1sts have all but secured their status as a top five club, according to captain Harry Atkinson.
NEWARK R&M’s 1sts have all but secured their status as a top five club, according to captain Harry Atkinson.

Captain Harry Atkinson, who did not play in the fixture but watched from the boundary, said: “It was the big game for us and the one we had highlighted as a must win because the were chasing the top five as well.

“Although we are not 100% secure in the top five, that win has gone a long way and it will take something big for us to miss out now.

“We were short on players (because of covid) and about five lads who usually play for the second team stepped up, but they are doing well as well so it is good for the club.”

Rob Matchett again captained Newark and won the toss, choosing to bat first.

And Matchett soon got in on the action from number three after opener Thomas Gregorick was bowled by Matt Davis.

Charlie Hauton, who also opened, managed 36 runs and a strong partnership with Matchett (51).

Michael Stackhouse’s 29 gave Newark’s middle order a much-needed boost before Matthew Evans and Jack Edwards added 15 and ten at nine and ten respectively.

“We were back on our old field and you don’t need a big score because the outfield is so big — it isn’t a batting pitch at all,” said Atkinson.

“We knew we had a very good chance of defending 160 because of the boundaries and the how slow the outfield is.

“We kept it tight and that was the key.”

In reply, Stackhouse played a huge part for Newark taking five wickets in his 12 overs, conceding just 27 runs in that time.

Jack Edwards (two) Hauton and James Evans also took a wicket.

Southwell 1sts (219 all out) lost to East Bridgford (302 for four) by 83 runs

ANDY WRIGHT (114) and Lee Gomers (105) put on a batting masterclass as East Bridgford dealt a blow to Southwell’s promotion hopes.

Opener Joe Fryer managed 100 in Southwell’s chase, but an early collapse will leave captain Tom Clarke frustrated with his side’s score.

Farndon 1sts (260 for four) beat Thrumpton (125 all out) by 135 runs

FARNDON earned their third win of their South Notts D campaign.

Batsmen Dan Collington (72) and Alex Youngman (95) played a key part in what was Farndon’s highest score of the season.

John Esam and Jason Lam each took three wickets in the strong performance.

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