Pictured above are the victorious Sunday XI who became the fourth winning Belvoir side of the weekend. Below is a report by Rory Kerr of the 1st XI’s victory over Notts Unity Casuals:
Notts Unity Casuals 119 Belvoir 120-4
Joe Bottomley (3-21) struck like a spitting cobra with the second ball of the day. Speed buddy Phil Irvine winkled another one out with his second ball thanks to fine catch by Tom Neville at slip. Bottomley repeated the dose in his second and third overs and Notts Unity were four down for seven runs. Ravi Gouni (20) and Ajay Revu (21) then mounted a gutsy rearguard action with a stand of 45. Both fell to the pace of a fired-up Ben Robinson (3-31). Sam Nightingale (3-22) took the first of his wickets to reduce Notts Unity to 57-7 before Abneer Irfan (15no) dug in trying to eke out a respectable total. Zareen Rehman (17) launched a couple of maximums in an energetic flurry only to be well caught in the deep by the rock-steady Irvine. Tariq Mahmoud (25) also had a dash until Nightingale took a stunning return catch low to his left. Belvoir had been set 120 to win from 34 overs.
Having lost a couple of quick wickets Olly Clayfield (27) and Tom Neville (38) set about the task in earnest. The former contributed two glorious cover drives and an effortless square cut out. Neville batted with blasts of aggression featuring some magnificent straight driving. These were interspersed with circumspection as a brace of wickets fell to Rehman (3-27) in the seventies and, for a couple of overs, there seemed to be a shadow of hope for Notts Unity. However, Shay “Boomerang” Brady, having struggled to get off the mark, proceeded to thump the ball with abandon through the covers taking Belvoir to victory by six wickets