South Nottinghamshire Cricket League: Newark R&M 1sts slay league-leading Young Lions with one man down
Newark R&M 1sts (269 for eight) beat Young Lions 1sts (170 all out) by 99 runs
Newark again toppled the South Notts Division D league leaders as they continued their winning streak, with what their skipper said was their best performance to date.
The Kelham Road side have now won three on the bounce and six of their last seven matches, putting their struggles from the start of the season firmly behind them.
Captain Harry Atkinson said: “It was our best performance of the season.
“I lost the toss and they chose to field, which is what I was going to do because they are a batting side and we didn’t want to be chasing.
“We were able to control the game because of that.
“I told the lads we need to get as many runs as we could because we all knew that they’re such a strong batting side, but their weakness is their bowling.
“We didn’t want to settle for 200 or 220, we waned to push and we did that.”
Atkinson (48) and Charlie Hauton’s (60) opening stand of 100 was the best start to a game the club had had this term, and thanks to another big score from the consistent Robert Matchett (78), Newark were in a strong position.
George Squires and James Evans added double digits, while the tail end failed to build on the momentum, but a strong target of 269 had already been set.
“There was an added difficulty for us because we had ten men in the field for virtually the whole game,” said Atkinson.
“A 70-year-old (James and Matt Evans’ family member) came in for us because James Falkner had to leave the field because he felt ill after about three overs. But that just made the win even more impressive.”
Lions’ big-hitters failed to get in to the swing of things, with Aneil Singh Potiwal’s stand of 80 proving to be the only real worry for Newark.
Matt Evans, who took a fifer, including a hat-trick, set the tone, while Hauton managed four wickets from his seven overs.
“I was quick to get the spin bowlers on against them and that is something I wouldn’t have done a while ago,” said Atkinson.
“I used to look at spinners as a danger because they were easy to hit, but good spin bowlers with a good field at this level can’t be beaten.
“You give yourself the chance that you might lose a couple of boundaries, but you will always get a chance to take the wicket.
“It is the way to go for us at the minute because that is the second time we have beaten them this season.
“The first win was more important because it really added a bit of confidence to the side, but this was a better performance.
“We are still not comfortably in the top five, we are only a few points above Southwell in sixth, which isn’t great.
“It is a shame because we are winning our games at the minute but we aren’t making any ground because everybody else is winning.
“Our fixtures are looking a little bit better now though. We have four teams to play who are below us in the league and then East Bridgford and West Bridgford who are above us.
“But saying that, I don’t think it matters who you play to some extent because everyone is beating everyone at the minute.
“I just want us to be in a position where we are comfortably in the top five, which I feel we should be by now.
“We have Farndon this weekend and I know full well that they could turn up.
“They have got decent players and they can easily trouble us if we aren’t focussed. You can’t take any games for granted, a bad hour of cricket can lose you a game.”
Newark R&M 2nds (133 for 0) earned a straight-forward win over Hoveringham, who were all out for 132.
Newark’s third side lost by 129 runs at Fiskerton.