All three Saturday Teams Victorious
All three Belvoir Senior teams were victorious on Saturday with both the 1st XI and 3rd XI being involved in nail biting finishes. The 3rds won their match vs Hoveringham with just 4 balls to spare, thanks to a fantastic innings from Steve Cartledge 84* with support from Chris Bealby 52 .
Here is the full 1st xI report from Rory Kerr:
Belvoir 225-9 Collingham 193
Collingham’s Jack Copley was superb in the field throughout starting with the smart run out of Shay Brady to reduce Belvoir to 56-4. He also had excellent catches to bring about the demise of Belvoir’s two top scorers, Sam Nightingale (45) off his own bowling and Phil Irvine (49) off David Pipes. Both batsmen had consolidated the innings with a stand of 78 and were scoring fluently. Nightingale’s driving through the covers was particularly sweet while Irvine’s pulling and cutting were typically boisterous. Suddenly Belvoir were having to re-build and accelerate at the same time. This is all the same to Aled King who’s indiscriminate 34 came at a run-a-ball. Skipper Ryan Lewis dinked and smacked a quickfire 20 and Joe Bottomley exploded all over the wicket with 18 not out of nine balls. The last 6 overs yielded 49 runs and Belvoir finished on 225-9.
Joe Bottomley (28-4) and Phil Irvine (56-4) opened up with a bit of a dotfest and a couple of quick wickets when Collingham replied. All this did, though, was bring the steam train that is Muhammed Naeem to the crease. If it had not been for a brilliant catch by Shay Brady diving forwards to a low trajectory screamer in the covers Naeem’s aggression may well have won the day for his team. As it was a super-charged Irvine soon trapped a slightly subdued Jake Fisher for 47 and Colligham’s two top scorers had gone. Irvine and Bottomley were into their second spells by now and gradually tightened Belvoir’s grip on the match. Bottomley extracted considerable bounce from the wicket and was a double handful for all the batsmen. Resistance came from Jonathan Todd (19) and skipper Harry Sheppard (13no) with a stand of 19 for the eighth wicket, and a stubborn 4 from 17 balls by number eleven Lee Fazackerley trying to hold on for the losing draw. This was all in vain as Belvoir took the 20 points for the win with 16 balls to spare.
Chris Jones & Euan Coulthard Memorial T20
On Sunday the Club got together to remember two young legends of Belvoir Cricket who are sadly no longer with us, for the annual T20 Memorial Tournament.
We were blessed with some of the best weather of the summer, reportedly the hottest August bank holiday on record.
Three teams, Lewy’s Daredevils (Ryan Lewis) Chopper’s Knightriders (Matt Harland) and Fentem’s Falcons (Fraser Fentem) contested a round robin preliminary set of matches with the top two teams contesting the final.
After a brief interlude whilst everyone crowded round Ian Robinsons iPad to watch Ben Stokes win the Headingly Test match, Choppers Knightriders took on Fentems Falcons in the 15 over per side final.
In a close game victory eventually went to Chopper’s side (for the third year in sucession) With the Player of the tournament going to Olly Elson for some great bowling and a not out 50* in the final.