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South Notts Cricket League: Collingham climb top of Division A with win over Ellerslie

Collingham 1sts (221 for nine) beat Ellerslie (220 for six) by one wicket

PRO Mohammad Mohsin helped Collingham edge a hard-fought win at Dale Field in the South Notts A on Saturday.

Ellerslie appeared well set with 99-0 in the 30th over, but three quick wickets for the hosts brought the slow scoring rate of the opening pair into focus and, within five overs Ellerslie were 114-3 with two new batsmen at the crease and under pressure.

Harry Sheppard didn’t collect this one. Credit: Finlay Gould.
Harry Sheppard didn’t collect this one. Credit: Finlay Gould.

The visitors’ number four, Duncan Hulbert, caused problems however, as he finished on 67 not out from 63 deliveries, setting a target of 221 for Collingham.

Mohsin’s leg spin returned the home team’s best figures of the day, going for 33 runs for his two wickets in 12 overs.

Openers Ross Taylor and Jacob Fisher made a solid start for Collingham, running hard between the wickets during an opening stand of 64.

Watchful Collingham captain Oli Dyson getting forward. Credit: Finlay Gould.
Watchful Collingham captain Oli Dyson getting forward. Credit: Finlay Gould.

Fisher went on to 51 by the time he fell in the 28th over, leaving the hosts on 97-2 as skipper Oli Dyson came out to join Mohsin in the middle.

Mohsin’s partners came and went with alarming frequency from then on, with David Pipes making the only other noteworthy contribution with his 28 from 28 balls including three fours and a six.

When Pipes departed in the 40th over with 53 still required, the situation began to deteriorate.

Mohsin found himself on strike at the start of the 48th over with nine wickets down and 19 runs still needed.

Left-handed opener Jacob Fisher working the ball into the leg side on his way to 51. Credit: Finlay Gould.
Left-handed opener Jacob Fisher working the ball into the leg side on his way to 51. Credit: Finlay Gould.

He took responsibility and bludgeoned the bowling of Isaac Rahman for four boundaries in the over to see his team home with two overs to spare.

Captain Dyson said: “With a couple of missed chances and some poor bowling we let them get probably 30 more than they should have done.

“That said, we knew 221 was a very chaseable score.

“We lost regular wickets through the back end of our innings and looked like we would fall short at 201-9.

“However, Mohsin took the game into his own hands and smashed 19 off an over including a huge six to win the game.

“It was an amazing all-round performance from him, which got us over the line for another 20 point win.”

Flintham (53 all out) lost to Farndon (55 for two) by eight wickets

A FULL strength Farndon side put their bad form behind them to earn an eight wicket win at Flintham in Division D.

Having lost the toss, Farndon were made to field first, however, all five of the visitors’ bowlers finished with an economy rate (ECON) below five, with Farndon’s three most predominant bowlers finishing with a rate below two.

Rhiannon Knowling-Davies, who returned to the side, took two wickets and conceded just nine runs, while Mark Everington managed four wickets from his 12 overs, conceding 12 runs.

In reply, assured batting from Farndon’s opener Martyn Hill (31 from 25) put the visitors on their way.

The unbeaten Alex Youngman (11) and Luke Donovan (four) then finished the job to secure the club’s first win.

“I had been coaching there (at Flintham) and I knew they were a good set of players,” said Farndon’s Hill.

“We didn’t want to be down at the bottom of the league.

“In pre-season we put some good results together and we wanted to be in the top half — we were looking to get promoted.

“A run of results could change it (league position) and things can only get better for us now.”

Newark Ransome & Marles (117 all out) lost to Southwell (159 for five) by 42 runs

SOUTHWELL leapfrogged Newark in Division D after a 19-point win at Kelham Road.

Southwell captain Tom Clarke credited the win to great fielding after setting a run target of 159, which he doubted would be enough.

“It was a slow wicket but Joe Fryer, who I opened with, was very patient and he did a great job to see off a tricky start,” said Clarke.

“As the game went on the wicket got better, which helped, and Joe was out for 58.

“Gareth Wheeldon (21) then came in (at three) and did well.

“We had a small collapse in the middle but Dave Bates (28) got a few quick runs at the end which gave us an okay score and, looking back at it now, you would probably be a little disappointed but on that wicket it proved to be okay.”

Newark never got going with the bat, and Clarke said it was down to good fielding.

“Slow bowling was working better than going at pace, and we managed to take a wicket in the first over,” said Clarke.

“There was never a stage where we were worried that they would get away from us.

“Steve Wright and Dave Rimmer, who are slow bowlers, both had 12 overs and did really well to take their wickets, and that just shows that they struggled with us.”

Balderton (262 for nine) earned a winning draw over Calverton (199 for five)

OPENER Steven Ryder hit 78 from 83 balls to help Balderton secure 16 points against second-placed Calverton in Division A of the South Notts League.

Pro Shalith Fernando joined Ryder at 44-2 and the pairing put together a 71 run partnership to move Balderton to 115-3, before Fernando was bowled on 54 with the hosts on 151.

Calverton bowler Brinsley Kirkham, who took five wickets from his 11 overs, proved a constant threat as Balderton reached 262 after 50 overs.

Aaron and Ryan Charlesworth each took two wickets — from nine and 12 overs respectively — as strong team bowling helped limit the Calverton batsmen to 199 after 50 overs.

Ryan Evans top-scored for Calverton with 61 runs from 71 balls.

He also produced the best strike rate (85.92) in the process.

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