The Newark Alliance game scheduled for this Sunday at Radcliffe On Trent has been cancelled. Unfortunately, Radcliffe are unable to raise a side.
The top of the table clash at GLA lived up to its billing as the 1sts were victorious in a fabulous game of cricket against Clifton.
On a beautiful sunny day, Clifton Captain Alastair Walters won the toss and elected to bat first in sultry conditions, making first use of the 'road'. However, in a game that ebbed and flowed all day, Calverton's opening attack of Evans and Welch immediately put the hosts in the driver’s seat with 3 quick wickets reducing Clifton to 15-3. A recovery then followed as Hart & Cowlishaw added 73 for the fourth wicket until Billy Armstrong struck, bowling Hart for 53. Cowlishaw & Gunn then put Clifton in the box seat with another fine partnership of 61, before Brinsley Kirkham decided to put his mark on the game. From a position of strength at 149-4, Kirkham ran through the rest of Clifton's batsmen taking 5-67 off 16 overs as the visitors were bowled out in the 46th over for 196.
So Calverton had two extra overs to reach the target of 196 and consolidate the lead at the top of Division B. With Run Machine Scott Andrew surprisingly rested in the 'rotation policy' (or perhaps he was away playing with a smaller round ball), Billy Bennett & Daz opened the innings. BB fell early doors, but Daz & Adam Peel took the score beyond 50 until Peeler became the first of four batsmen to be adjudged LBW - rather harshly. When Daz was bowled by one that kept a bit low, the total stood at 66-3. When 3 more LBW appeals were upheld, Calvo were tottering on 105-6.That man Kirkham joined Billy A at the crease and steadily rebuilt the innings adding 41 for the seventh wicket until Billy was caught on the boundary. With 52 still required for victory & just 3 wickets left, the game was firmly in the balance. On the plus side there were plenty of overs left as Kevin Evans joined Brinsley at the wicket. The two of them batted with watchfulness and Kev used all his experience, whilst Brins played probably the best innings of his 1st team career as they edged the team towards victory. Sure enough the winning runs came with a late cut for 2 from Kev to set off the celebrations.
A cracking game of cricket played in the best of spirits by all concerned & 20 more points gained.
MOM BK - 5 for and 38 no, great stuff!
The 1st's travelled to Nuncargate to take on Kirkby Portland and upon arrival the question was, 'where's the wicket'?!
As the covers were removed it became apparent that the strip was a tad under prepared! Once again the toss was of huge importance and, once again, Ryan called correctly and had no hesitation in having a bowl. 5-3 became 10-5 as batting was somewhat problematic for the hosts. The seam bowlers were queuing up to have a bowl and cash in on the favourable conditions (for bowling anyway). Portland sneaked past 60 which caused little problem. Scott Andrew continued his rich vein of form scoring a valuable 38 as we romped home to a 7 wicket victory.
Next week sees the visit of second placed Clifton for a top of the table tussle and, who knows, hopefully after a week of good weather, a decent wicket to play on.
An under strength 2nd XI entertained Clifton at GLA.
About the only thing that went right was Wag winning the toss and batting! Just a few weeks ago Clifton racked up in excess of 300, at least there could be no repeat of that happening.
Calverton's batting display was 'insipid' as they were hustled out for a paltry 76 runs with the Chairman accounting for about half of them, the next highest scorer was extras! Although we managed to take 4 wickets and thus gain a bowling point, the game didn't last long as Clifton eased home.
By complete contrast, the 2nds have suffered two defeats - one hammering and an agonising one wicket defeat.
At Long Eaton, conceding 220 runs was always going to be a tall order and a poor batting display saw us subside to 83 all out. Just one point gained from a miserable day at the office!
Chilwell visited GLA yesterday and the old adage of 'Catches win Matches' was never truer. Batting first, Wag and the returning Cal Jayes got us off to a good start putting on 50 for the first wicket. When Wag was out, Jarrod & Cal continued the good work and as the score approached 100 the game changed. Firstly Jarrod and then the Chairman perished to two wonderful catches that had no real right to be taken. From a position of strength the innings tailed away to 174 all out and criminally 7 unused overs.
The bowling was better with Jarrod (4 wickets) and Cal (3) keeping us ahead of the game, but dropped catches were to prove costly as Chilwell's 10 & 11 saw them home Ina nail biting finale. So, just the 6 points to show, but it really should have been 19. Fielding practice required!!
MOM; Cal Jayes, 61 & 3-24 - good comeback!
Weeks 4 and 5 saw contrasting victories for the 1st XI in the SNCL.
Notts Unity visited GLA on the 27th May and were involved in a high scoring encounter. Captain Evans called correctly and elected to bat first on 'The Road' Despite the early loss of Darren Wright, the rest of the batsmen all made telling contributions supporting Ryan who made a sparkling 94. A total of 258-7 from 48 was a fine effort, but as we all know, not insurmountable at Calverton.
In reply Unity set off like a house on fire with 70 runs coming off the first ten overs. However, all changed once the 'shine removers' had bowled and the 'spin twins' were introduced. Unbroken spells from both Daz and Brins put Calvo back in the contest, their figures being almost identical for a combined tally of 32 overs, 5-123 - a monumental performance on a super wicket & fast outfield. As the game moved towards it's conclusion, Unity still had an outside chance of victory, but it became more a question of would it be a win or winning draw for the home team. Enter that wily old campaigner Kevin Evans. With 3 wickets still needed for outright victory, Kevin rolled back the years taking the last 3 wickets for 28 runs, the final wicket falling with just 2 balls remaining.
A hard fought victory and 20 valuable points - happy days!
MOM - Ryan Evans, Captain's Knock.
If the Unity game was close, the week 5 fixture at Long Eaton was in complete contrast.
Upon arrival at West Park it was obvious that the wicket had not been covered during Friday nights rain and was soft to say the least. The toss was obviously very important, and Ryan called correctly again, on this occasion choosing to field first. Long Eaton's innings never really got started as Ryan & Kyle took 4 quick wickets between them, reducing LE to 50-4. The returning Billy Armstrong then entered the fray for his first game of the season and wasted little time in taking five wickets to conclude the innings. LE were all out for just 99 with 10 overs still remaining!
In reply Calverton's innings was never going to take 58 overs to complete. All the batters had positive attitudes on a 'drying wicket' and all got in to double figures. Billy A top scored with 21 as the target was achieved with 6 wickets and a whopping 35 overs in hand!
With the news that Clifton had lost, we go to the summit of Division B. A long way to go but a big step in the right direction.
MOM Billy Armstrong, 5 wickets & valuable runs.
The 2017 competitive Kwik Cricket season began last Sunday at Fiskerton & Thurgaton Cricket Club. We have two teams in this year’s competition, which is played using an 8-a-side format, with players batting in pairs for two overs at a time, and all 8 fielders bowling one over each. It’s a great format that means everyone gets a chance to have a bat and a bowl. Our two teams are in a group with 6 other teams – Caythorpe (x2), Fiskerton & Thurgaton, Notts & Arnold, Gedling Colliery, and Kimberley. Over the course of the season every team will play each other at least once.
The idea is to give players a friendly introduction to competitive cricket. There are no wides called, and no stumpings. Teams start off on 100 runs, and then 6 runs are deducted for each wicket, so teams always end on a positive score. In any case the scores are not collated centrally, it’s more to keep things mildly competitive on the day.
The way the fixtures fell for the first week left us with a no-lose game to start the season – Calverton vs Calverton! Some great skills were on show – you can really see how all of our youngsters are coming on with their batting and bowling. There was also one of the unluckiest wickets I’ve ever seen when one batsman dragged the ball onto his own boot and then onto the stumps from way down the leg-side!
Our scheduled opponents for the second game (Kimberley) hadn’t turned up, so as we had 14 players, and Caythorpe were short and only had 7, we decided to put together an 11 vs 10 match so that everyone got as much of a game as possible. Following a well fought game, we just conceded a few too many wickets in our 8 overs, and Caythorpe took the win.
I think every player had at least one moment to look back on with pride from Sunday. With the bat there were lots of good fours scored, and a couple of sixes too. There were the bowlers who announced to the opposing umpire that they couldn’t really bowl very well, only to bowl near perfect overs. There were some good wickets taken by other bowlers, and in the field there were a couple of excellent stops on the boundary to prevent certain fours.
It was noticeable that a few of our players were much younger than those in one or two of the opposing teams, but they all acquitted themselves well and did a fine job of representing our club. Well done!
Thank you to everyone who turned up last weekend. There’s a bit of a break now with the village get-together and then half-term, so our next fixture will be on Sunday 11th June at Notts & Arnold. Fingers crossed the weather has improved by then and we have some Sunday morning sunshine.
Saturday morning was beautiful! It lasted just long enough for cricketers around the County having to make journeys just before it started to rain.
The Second XI's game at home to Stapleford and the First XI's game at Eastwood were both called off without a ball being bowled. Fruitless travel all round but there's nowt you can do about the weather!
There was a record of 8,751 fans at Trent Bridge on Sunday for their One Day clash with Lancashire. Yes maybe many of them were there to watch Broad, Anderson and Hales. However, given the cheers at the name check there was certainly a large travelling contingent from Calverton to support the under 11’s in their Gilbert Cup Game V Keyworth.
The day stared with the boys being the Guard of Honour and Flag Bearers for the players entrance on to the pitch. Then it was the photo opportunity with Nuts the club Mascot. The boys then watched at close quarters Notts and Lancashire go about their business. At the interval it was their turn to grace the hallowed turf. The boys acquitted themselves magnificently, restricting Keyworth to only 221, with some tight bowling and a fantastic catch from Joe the particular stand out moment. It was then Calverton’s turn to bat and the crowd were in some real danger with big hitting into the crowd that Notts themselves would have been proud of. Come the close of the innings Calverton had amassed 255 so a great victory for the boys and thus resulting in being crowned Notts’ Gilbert Cup champs. After the game a few of the boys stayed around for autographs which rounded off a thoroughly enjoyable day for all. Respect and Teamwork are two of our core values so hearing comments from people seeing them for the first time about how well they worked together and how supportive of each other they were are particularly pleasing. They were a real credit to themselves and the Cricket Club. Just need Notts to do their bit and the boys could be going down to Lords to play at the home of cricket.
Very well done to you all.
Week 2 of the SNCL fixtures saw the 1st XI entertain Wollaton at GLA and the 2nds travel to Clifton.
Wollaton had first use of the 'road' at GLA, but thanks to an inspired bowling display backed up by some excellent fielding (including 2 run outs by the 'ageless' John Nester), the innings never really got going. The 'spin twins' were on top form again sending down a total of 32 overs with combined figures of 5-98. With Kyle Welch chipping in with 2-35, Wollaton were bowled out for 168 in the final over of the allotted 48. This total shouldn't really have been much of a problem.......but it was! A combination of factors contrived against the batsman with 4 batsman adjudged LBW and none going on despite getting into double figures meant only Skipper Ryan Evans posting 45, the target of 169 wasn't reached. With the score on 168-7 most folk were ready to 'start the car' however 3 wickets fell without any addition to the score and the game was tied! A tie snatched from the jaws of victory. At least it only cost 3 points as 17 were registered for the dramatic tie, meaning 37 points have now been gleaned from a possible 40.
The 2nds travelled down the Ring Road to pre season promotion favourites Clifton with only 10 men. When Captain Waghorn trudged back from the toss wearing a forlorn look, it became apparent we were fielding first.......oh dear! It didn't take long for our fears to be realised as the Calvo bowlers were put to the sword on a belting batting wicket as the electronic scoreboard threatened to blow a fuse. As the score zoomed past 300 there was very little to enthuse about apart from the wonderful aroma of Garlic Bread emanating from the Pavilion kitchen! The 45th over of the innings provided the only highlight really, bowled by Charlie Bateman. Wickets on consecutive balls saw Charlie on a hat trick, only for the ball to fall agonizingly short of mid on. However, Charlie took another wicket with the next ball to take three in four balls and 'forcing' Clifton into declaring, meaning at least we'd claim maximum bowling points from 3 hours of agony. The Garlic Bread et al was wonderful, softening the blow and making the challenge of chasing 332 seem somewhat irrelevant! Skipper Wagg and the returning Andrew Finch opened up and showed just what a tremendous wicket it was to bat on, putting on 100 for the first wicket in just 18 overs - dare we dream? Well we could, but not for long. When Finchy departed for a brilliant 74 the scoring rate was bound to drop and 180 to maximize all the available batting points became a priority. When Wagg finally perished in the 43rd over for a patient 59, only 2 runs were needed for the 180 target which were achieved with 5 balls remaining. So a 'sound thrashing' was had, but 8 points taken from the game.
MOM's - 1st XI Darren Wright, applied the brakes taking 3-42 from 16 overs.
2nd XI Andrew Finch, hard hitting entertainment!
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