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.
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