South Nottinghamshire Cricket League: Southwell keep pressure on Newark with win at struggling Farndon
Southwell 1sts (126 for five) beat Farndon 1sts (215 for nine) by five wickets
Southwell continue to put the pressure on Newark as the battle for a top five position rolls on.
Tom Clarke, Southwell’s skipper, said his side were up for the fight with a promotion spot hanging in the balance.
“We both keep winning and we play each other in two weeks so that will be a big one for both of us,” said Clarke, following Saturday’s 19-point win over Division D rivals Farndon.
Farndon managed a relatively high score on the day, having opened in bat which left Southwell in the sun.
“We expected them to bat, but we managed to take a couple of early wickets,” said Clarke.
“We managed to get their strong batsman (Martyn Hill) out quickly.
“The number three (Sam Brown, 27) and four (Alex Youngman, 55) showed a little bit of resilience but I felt we were always on top.
“We stuck at it — apart from one or two dropped catches — and we were happy with the score they posted.”
Southwell opened with Joe Fryer and Clarke, but were met by an in-form Rhiannon Knowling-Davies.
“Rhiannon, who I think will play for England one day, was very good,” said Clarke.
“She got myself, Joe and James Johnston out.”
At 50-4, it did not look promising for Southwell, but resilient batting from Gareth Wheeldon, 94 not out, saw their run rate quickly increase.
“Gareth worked hard, played clever shots and didn’t gave them a chance,” said Clarke.
“He was supported well by Toby Stanley and Jonathan Butler and, to be honest, after our resurgence, it turned out to be a comfortable win with five overs to spare.
“Gareth had an opportunity to hit a six to get to100 but he blocked the shot instead, and then we won the game with a single (from Butler).”
Southwell remain sixth, six points from Newark.