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South Notts League: Newark R&M 1sts overcome Farndon Cricket Club, despite their troubles

Newark continued their winning streak against Farndon on Saturday, but captain Harry Atkinson said he was not pleased with his side’s performance.

Atkinson praised his Newark team-mates after their win over Young Lions last weekend, stating it was the club’s best outing of the season, but just one week on, he said the standards had dropped.

NEWARK R&M’s Robert Matchett batting for Newark against Farndon in the reverse fixture. Jake Eaton, Farndon wicket keeper, also in shot.
NEWARK R&M’s Robert Matchett batting for Newark against Farndon in the reverse fixture. Jake Eaton, Farndon wicket keeper, also in shot.

“We were pretty poor, or at least had pretty poor periods in the game,” said Atkinson.

“It was one of those games that I was happy to get out of knowing we had won because we weren’t at our best.

“We lost Matt and James Evans on Friday night through covid, which was a blow, but even then we had a reasonable side.

“We were mainly sloppy in the field, dropping catches and there was an hour where we totally switched off.

“There was a point when I could see us losing the game so to come out with the win was great.

“We didn’t cover ourselves in glory with the performance, so hopefully we have got our sloppy performance out of the way because Saturday is a big one against Southwell.”

Despite Atkinson’s review, the scorecard suggested a straight forward win for Newark, who needed just 33 overs to best Farndon’s 184.

The visitors batted first with openers Martyn Hill (28) and Ian Robinson (43) who offered a platform to build on.

Number four Alex Youngman obliged and strolled to the half century point with nine fours, before falling on 61 to Jack Edwards, the first of his four wickets.

The tail end of the batting line survived the 45 overs, but failed to set an aggressive target, reaching 184.

“We recovered well with the bat but there was always a doubt that we could end up in a bit of trouble because 180-odd is a competitive score,” said Atkinson.

“If we lost Robert Matchett early we would have been in trouble.

“He keeps hitting over 50 each week and this is the thing with Saturday, being a couple of players light, we didn’t want to be struggling to chase that.”

But Matchett again proved his worth, remaining composed to hit 75, while the unbeaten Michael Stackhouse (45) and Dan Gregorick (2) secured the win.

“We are 20 points off top, but we first of all we want to make sure we are comfortable in that top five because it is so close,” said Atkinson.

“If we win on Saturday we won’t be far off securing it, but Southwell are in good form. We lost to them earlier in the season, but we were at our lowest point so I really want to beat them on Saturday and put it right.”

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