South Notts Cricket League round-up: Balderton struggle to find consistency with the bat at Ellerslie
Balderton 1sts (174 all out) lost to Ellerslie 1sts (181 all out) by seven runs
BALDERTON 1sts looked to build on their winning draw against West Bridgford-based Ellerslie, but were left disappointed after a touch-and-go batting display.
On reflection, Tim Clipsham, captain of the Division A side, said his team should have left with the win.
“It was really disappointing,” he said.
“The game was ours for the taking, but we just didn’t bat well enough — it was as simple as that really.
“We bowled extremely well, (Aaron) Charlesworth got his first fifer for the club, which was brilliant.
“It was a real highlight for me personally and he deserved it because he has worked really hard in the nets, putting the hours in.
“On the whole, we fielded brilliantly, we did everything right.
“Scott (Barnsdale) and Tom Shephard were both brilliant, but it goes back to the bat — we didn’t bat well enough.
“If each of us had gone on to get 20, we would have won, but that’s just how it is sometimes.”
Duncan Hulbert was the stand out performer for the hosts as they set Balderton’s target of 181, despite a strong performance from young bowler Aaron Charlesworth (5-57 from 12 overs).
In reply, Clipsham (28) built on Ryan Charlesworth’s 15, but Chris Dobbie (64) was the only batsman to pass the half-century mark.
Skipper Clipsham said their were still positives to take from the game, including the performance of club professional Shalith Fernando, who made his debut for the side.
“He took two very good catches, one of them was top, top class,” said Clipsham.
Joe Attewell (40) and Sam Ross (15) helped Balderton 2nds (58 for 0) to a ten-wicket win over Awsworth 1sts (57 all out) in Division G.
Farndon 1sts (111 all out) lost to West Bridgfordians 2nds (114 for four) by six wickets
FARNDON were left to rue a tough opening ten overs as they lost at home to West Brigfordians’ second side in Division D.
Farndon’s Martyn Hill said it was a difficult task after losing the toss as his side batted first following the heavy rain on Friday night.
“It wasn’t a nice wicket, so we thought we did well to get to 111, which we thought would be a defendable lead,” said Hill.
“But we let ourselves down in the first ten overs of the field.
“We went for 60-odd and then John Esam came in and bowled superbly, taking two for 18 from eight overs, and we kept them down, so it was frustrating that we let it slip in the first ten because otherwise it would have been a much closer game.
“The last 18 overs were good enough to have won us the game, but by then it was almost game over.”
Newark R&M 2nds (208 for seven) beat Farndon 2nds (57 all out) by 155 runs to retain top spot in Division K.
Collingham & District 1sts (154 for seven) beat West Bridgfordians (87 all out) by 67 runs
COLLINGHAM 1STS bowled out hosts West Bridgfordians for 87 inside 35 overs in squally conditions on Saturday to continue their pressure on Division A leaders Belvoir.
Collingham were asked to bat first and found runs hard to come by as they patiently built towards a creditable total of 154 for seven from 44 overs.
The early loss of opener Jacob Fisher for five brought captain Oli Dyson to the crease, replacing injured pro Mohammad Mohsin at number three.
Dyson worked hard for his 22 from 45 balls, which included just a single boundary.
His 39-run partnership with David Pipes for the fourth wicket was Collingham’s best of the day and could have been even more productive, but for a run-out.
Pipes carried on to top score with 42 from his 88 deliveries, eventually falling to the first ball of the 36th over with the score at 118 for six.
Andrew Laughton fell four balls later leaving Collingham in a precarious-looking situation, but an eighth wicket partnership of 31 from 49 balls between Harrys Webster and Sheppard, including Collingham’s only six from Webster, saw them through to the close of the innings.
By the time home skipper Alastair Pettit became Harry Sheppard’s third and final victim in the 12th over, Bridgfordians were already in deep trouble at 29 for four.
Things were no better by the 20th over at 49 for eight, when Tom Murphy was bowled by Andrew Laughton for his third wicket on the way to recording Collingham’s best figures of the day (3-11 from six overs).
Yousaf Ali mopped up, taking Bridgfordians top-scorer Saad Naseem (33) for the ninth wicket and finally Kandola.
Pro Mohsin said he would return to fitness in time for Ellerslie on Saturday.
Collingham 2nds (124 for five) beat East Leake (124 all out) by five wickets in Division E. Collingham 3rds (105 for nine) lost West Bridgford Legion (106 for 0) by ten wickets in Division L.
BINGHAM’S first team moved up to second in Division C of the South Notts League after their second successive full points victory.
Bingham 1sts (216 for four) earned a six-wicket win over basement side Hickling (213 for five) as they continued to show their strength after earning promotion from Division D.
Hayden Brooks (40 from 37) and Lawrence Uttley (47 from 40) put up a 101 fifth-wicket partnership to help the hosts to victory, while captain Tim Snapes (61 from 64) also had an impressive strike rate at the top of the batting order to give Bingham a promising start in their chase of 213.
The win leaves Bingham 14 points off Hucknall 2nds, who have played an extra match.
Hoveringham 2nds took 18 points in a winning draw over Ellerslie (211 for nine).
Radcliffe-on-Trent 2nds (160 for nine) took eight points as they climbed from second bottom in a losing draw at Ruddington 2nds.
In Division G, Caunton 1sts were all out for 66 as ruthless bowling from Wollaton’s Andrew Rose saw him take six wickets in the best part of five overs.
He conceded just seven runs in that time as Wollaton defended their 181 run count.
Coddington & Winthorpe 1sts (118 for seven) moved into the top half of Division K after their second win of the season.
Coddington won the toss and chose to field, limiting West Bridgfordian 4ths to 117 for seven after 36 overs.
Paul Anderson (3) Ewan Butterfield and Gift Manhamo were among those taking the wickets.
Captain Dominik Modd top-scored for Coddington with 46, hitting six boundaries.
Bottesford 1sts, all out for 68, did not have the same success. Having won the toss and chosen to bat, the low score was always going to be difficult to come back from, and that proved to be the case as Midlands 1sts reached 72 for two after 15 overs.
In Division L, Lowdham 1sts (263 for six) beat Thrumpton 2nds (152 for five) by 111 runs.
In Division M, Eastwood Town 2nds needed just six overs to earn a ten-wicket win over Whatton and Aslockton 2nds, who were all out for 47 after a team batting performance that won’t be remembered by those involved.
Jonathan Arthur (63) and Tom Tyler (54) put together an unbeaten partnership to help Flintham 2nds (183 for six) to a 103-run win over Long Eaton as the hosts moved top of Division N.
Coddington & Winthorpe 2nds chased Notts & Arnold 4ths’ 119, but fell five runs short at 114 all out.