A few weeks hard work by the Ground-staff together with some sunshine & rain has worked wonders.
Having been scarified, top dressed, wormed and re-seeded, the square looks like a green velvet blanket as the new seed becomes established.
The outfield also looks a picture despite all the recent rain.
All ready for a winters sleep and continue to be the best wicket in the County in 2018!
The 1st XI have finally clinched promotion back to the top flight in the South Notts Cricket League. In 2018 the team will be playing in Division A, just one level beneath the Premier League.
After three years in the 'wilderness' of Division B, the 1st's will once again be 'dining at the top table', thanks to an impressive end to the season.
After struggling to hang on for draws in the previous 2 games all came good in the final 3 matches.
Bionic Billy Sees Off Eastwood!
Eastwood visited GLA desperately needing points to stave off the threat of relegation. In a game reduced to 84 overs due to the weather, Eastwood won the toss and inserted the hosts, a decision which looked to be a good one an hour or so later. Calvo's top ordered spluttered again and at 48-5 the promotion push looked to be faltering badly. But Brins (fresh from his excellent knock at Clifton the previous week) constructed another patient innings this time with Billy Armstrrong, who also batted with incredible patience! The partnership had realised 68 valuable runs until Grimmo was stumped. Billy then received further support from James Cairney and Kevin Evans before the innings was brought to an end in the 42nd and final over for 191. Billy finishing on a very well made 61. Not a massive score but certainly a competitive one.
Still not quite sure what Ginger Bill had for his tea between the innings but whatever it was certainly helped! After just 6 overs the Eastwood innings was in tatters as G.B tore them to shreds, 12-4 became 24-5 with Billy taking 4 quick fire wickets aided by some excellent catches in the slips. Although Eastwood staged a minor recovery, two more wickets went down with the score on 63, a further one fell on 72 and Billy returned to take his fifth wicket as Eastwood were bowled out for 103 with nine overs of their innings still remaining. The only downside to the day was the end of Kev's season after a sniper in the woods shot him in the calf!!
MOM - Billy A, terrific all round performance.
20 points and the promotion push back on track.
Big Score Ensures Winning Draw
The top order picked a good time to come good as Long Eaton were put to the sword at GLA on a warm sunny day. Upon winning the toss, Ryan had no hesitation in batting first and the batsman all made hay in racking up a big score.Daz & Scott opened up and added 87 for the first wicket in good time. Despite Daz (44) and Scott (60) falling in quick succession, there was to be no collapse as all the batsmen made good contributions. Peeler with 31, Grimmo continued his good run of form with the bat with 49, as did Billy A with a rapid 49 off just 26 balls. Long Eaton must have been short of bowlers, as just three were used in the entire innings of 48 overs with the figures not making very pretty reading. 275-8 represented a good effort with the bat, would this be reflected with the ball?
Long Eaton's reply was steady and at 140-2 they were just about in with a shout. But as the required rate started to rise and the introduction of 'Daddy Bear Daz' into the attack, the game swung dramatically towards the home team. Four wickets from Daz saw the LE chase go off the rails and from 174-6 the task got too much. It was now a question of a win or winning draw for Calvo as LE shut up shop. Billy A returned to the attack and managed to prise out two more batsmen before the overs ran out with the score on 215-8.
MOM 'Daddy Bear' Good knock, vital wickets.
Another 18 points in the bank, one game to go and a positive result at Southwell would ensure promotion.
'Old Guard' Ensure Promotion!
So the final game of the season saw the team make the short trip to already relegated Southwell. Armed with the knowledge that a win or winning draw would definitely suffice, Ryan again decided to bat first.
Daz & Scott once again got the team off to a great start putting on 120 for the opening wicket before Daz fell for 51. Peeler and Scott added 70 more as runs were coming at a fair old lick. Peeler fell for 31 (again!) but Scotty continued on his merry way completing a fabulous century when it mattered. The score had reached 232 before Scott lost his wicket and a few lusty blows were added in the final few overs taking the total up to 266-8 from the allotted 48 overs.
Southwell's reply never got going. Kyle & Billy put on the stranglehold and the shackles were never broken, with Billy (two wickets) and Kyle (one), putting them way behind the required rate. When Daz entered the fray, the wickets tumbled. After 14 productive overs, Daz had bowled Southwell out! 7-53 with the last wicket taken in the final over, fittingly caught by the Captain.
MOM Scott & Daz. Set the foundations and finished it off!
So promotion was assured. Big congratulations to all involved, particularly to the Skipper who has endured a difficult season due to work availability. But after a season in the job has lead the team to promotion - well done Ryan, next stop 'The Prem'!!
Captain Waghorn lead his troops from the front, but it wasn't quite enough to see them passed top of the table Madni at GLA.
Having first use of the road was certainly agreeable to Wag & Jarrod as they put on over a hundred for the first wicket. However, once Jarrod departed for a well made half century, only James Toogood (29) offered much support to the Captain. By the end of 45 overs, Wag was beginning to creak as the score had reached 191-4, with the Captain responsible for 91 of those runs.
Madni's reply also saw the first wicket yield a useful half century opening stand aided by a couple of costly drops in the slips. But both openers fell in quick succession with the total in the fifties giving Calvo hope. But the third wicket added almost another 50 runs and despite taking four further wickets Madni eased home with 5 overs to spare.
Relegation is now mathematically confirmed for the Seconds in what has been a difficult season due to (lack of) availability.
MOM: Graham Waghorn 91*
To say it's not quite happening for the 1st XI at the moment would be somewhat of an understatement.
A top of the table clash at Clifton should have provided all the ammunition needed to raise the game, but a woeful performance with the bat saw us hanging on grimly. Clifton batted first with the opening partnership realising 126 before it was broken. The seamers had little joy on a benign pitch, Calvo only coming into the game once the 'Spin Twins' were introduced. Daz & Grimmo took all the wickets that fell between them (except a run out), however a total of 235-6 was certainly competitive.
Following on from a splendid tea, Daz & Flea opened up and put on 56 with few alarms. However, once Daz & Flea departed in quick succession, an alarming collapse (even by Calvo proportions) ensued. From 56-0, we lost 7 wickets for just 18 runs as the scoreboard made sorry reading at 74-7. It was now a question of could we muster a batting point or two and hang on for a draw. Grimmo and Kylo edged the score passed 100 before Kyle was bowled by a a ball which kept low. When Kev top edged to mid wicket the cars were being started. 114-9, still 6 shy of a batting point and 13 overs remaining, prospects were bleak. But the Chairman joined Grimmo and managed to stay in one piece (sic) for the next 40 minutes or so as the overs were seen off and the score sneaked by 144 ensuring a second batting point.
Not a good day by any stretch, but with Unity losing against Long Eaton promotion is still a possibility.
MOM: Grimmo 3-76 & 36*
Runs were at a premium at Long Lane as the Seconds travelled to Attenborough.
In a game reduced to 40 overs a side, Calverton batted first on a wicket that was difficult to score on and if the ball was hit hard the long outfield soon slowed up the ball. In fact it was the 24th over before the first boundary was hit as the score limped along. Wickets fell at regular intervals and at 57-7 all appeared lost. However, birthday boy 'Poggy' Bateman decided to post his highest score of the season (35*) and with help from Ryder Wyatt and Max Harrison - who hit the biggest six ever seen in the history of cricket, the score reached the dizzy heights of 108.
The home side also found scoring difficult with James Toogood, Jarrod Bell & Ethan Wright each taking two wickets a piece. Alas it wasn't to be as Attenborough sneaked home on 109-7.
MOM The Birthday Boy!
A few weeks ago Carrington racked up over 300 against the 1st XI, they must like facing Calvo's bowling as Saturday they posted 235-6 from just 40 overs.
There were few plaudits to take from the bowling effort, although it must be said that Carrington batted very well, particularly Hasnain Nasir who scored a superb century. Calvo's reply never really threatened the target, although credit to Adam Peel (36) and a swashbuckling 38 from James Cairney ensured we wouldn't struggle to reach 160 and maximum batting points. To be fair we never really looked like getting bowled out either and a final total of 180-7 meant 8 points for the draw.
Another top of the table clash next week away at Clifton, it's very tight at the top!
MOM James Cairney - great entertainment.
Kirkby Portland were the visitors to GLA and for a change, seamer friendly conditions were the order of the day.
Following on from a weeks rain, the ground was in surprisingly good shape as Calverton won the toss and had no hesitation in bowling. With the match reduced to an 80 overs game, the two Billy's opened up. 26 overs later after two unbroken spells of 13 overs each, KP's innings was in tatters. Billy B can count himself unlucky in a wicketless spell of 0-28, but his miserly spell no doubt contributed to the clatter of wickets at the other end. Billy A's final analysis of 8-45 was amazing and the chance to take all 10 ended as he had bowled all his allotted overs. Portland were bowled out for just 89 in 30 overs - surely that wouldn't be a problem to attain......would it?
The reply was advancing comfortably at 60-1. However when Daz departed for a well made 42, the wheels fell off! From 60-1 to 80-6......surely not? Thankfully Callum Williamson kept his head when all around seemed to be losing theirs. Eventually the score was achieved six wickets down and 20+ overs in hand.
Back to the top of the table. The next 2 weeks will be pivotal, with matches against Carrington & Clifton.
MOM Billy Armstrong - awesome!
The 2nd XI's bowlers ran riot in helpful conditions at Chilwell.
On a 'drying' wicket, James Toogood (3-31), Jarrod Bell (4-6 off 9 overs and the 'No Ball King' Poggy Bateman (3-17) rolled Chilwell for just 69 runs, the top scorer being 'extras' with 20.
Captain Wagg & Jarrod opened up and stoically saw the score passed fifty until a mini clatter of wickets saw us ease home (70-3). A well earned morale boosting victory.
MOM Jarrod Bell.
Both games failed to finish on Saturday due to persistent rain from tea time.
The 1st XI, having battled through the 'Splendour' traffic arrived at Wollaton, won the toss & fielded. The bowlers all put in a sterling shift as Wollaton were restricted to just 144-8 from 48 overs. Unfortunately, that was that. The rain came down and 9 points gleaned from the game.
It was a similar story for the 2nds at GLA where top of the table Gedling & Sherwood were 'saved by the rain'!! Wagg won the toss and Calverton batted, a good start (38-0) followed by the all to familiar collapse and then some lusty hitting by Colin Murray eased us passed 100. Importantly, all the overs were used up (bar 4 balls). After a splendid 'Mrs Poggy' spread was devoured by all, G & S's reply was advancing serenely at 70-0 off 15 when the heavens opened.
Not since the game against Clifton on the 17th June (a month ago), have the 1st XI put out a team remotely resembling full strength. Unsurprisingly the results have taken a downturn, the latest setback being a defeat at the hands of Hoveringham.
Batting first, Calverton's innings never really got going with just two batsmen getting passed 20 as the total limped along to 175 all out with two overs unused. The fielding and bowling performance mirrored the effort with the bat with catches going down and the bowling rather erratic. Hoveringham breezed passed the target with 8 wickets and over 20 overs to spare.
Despite the recent poor results, the way the other games have panned out, amazingly we still sit in the promotion places. With just 7 games remaining, the promotion destiny is still very much in our own hands, with a few more bodies available who knows what may happen!
MOM Billy Armstrong; 33 & 2-44
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