BELTON RECOVER TO HAMMER CHAPELFIELD
Belton produced an extraordinary comeback to hammer Chapelfield by 115 runs on a damp afternoon at Southtown Common.
Chapelfield skipper Mair won the toss and unsurprisingly elected make first use of the bowler-friendly conditions. Belton’s new look opening partnership of Nichols and Toll had the task of seeing off the new ball.
The pair had initially seen out the early trouble before Nifraz got the breakthrough with a double-wicket maiden. Toll gifted Nifraz a simple return catch to depart for five before George Savoury was bowled second ball without scoring.
Skipper Savoury came to the crease but the hosts were dealt a blow when Nichols was struck on the ankle by a Niresh delivery and was forced to retire hurt on 13. That unfortunate injury brought Jackson to the middle, playing a game for the first time in four years.
Jackson got off the mark first ball but his comeback didn’t last long when he was clean bowled by Rohan for just the single. Savoury drove Rohan straight down the ground for four but the bowler got his revenge when he found the edge with Luqman taking the catch behind the stumps.
The in-form Goreham was next to go when he was bowled by Naresh to leave Belton reeling on 45-5, with Nichols also back in the hut receiving treatment. Azam and Moar started the slow re-building process before Moar was run-out by a fantastic direct hit from mid-on for 7.
That run-out brought Wright to the crease at 59-6 and did a fine job in partnership with Azam in rebuilding an innings that was rapidly collapsing. The partnership was moving along nicely before it was ended when Wright played all around a full-toss from AJ for 8.
Azam found another able partner in the shape of Jones, who much like Wright, was content with rotating the strike. Azam passed his half-century with a couple of quick singles before launching Rezman over long-on for a maximum.
Jones was bowled by the returning Niresh just as the partnership was reaching fifty – but that wicket only brought Nichols back to the crease to continue his innings, with Wright as a runner. Azam continued his assault on the visiting bowlers with Nichols also getting into a bit of rhythm despite being restricted by injury.
The pair added an unbeaten 79 to leave Belton’s innings on 206-8 from 40 overs, a miraculous recovery from 25 overs earlier.
With runs on the board Belton suddenly seemed to have more bowlers at their disposal, and Savoury and Wright were making runs hard to come by in the opening overs. Savoury got the prized wicket of Mair when he was caught by Goreham at point attempting a drive on the up for seven.
Savoury also picked up the wicket of Nirfraz when he was beaten by a delivery that dipped underneath his bat. Comer was brought into the attack and got a wicket in just his second over when Rezwan drove straight to Savoury at mid-off for 25.
Jackson bowled four overs on his return to the side and showed that he could still get his Yorkers in when he bowled the dangerous-looking Rohan for 18 and Bakr-Wells for two. Comer picked up a brace of victims bizarrely bowled around their legs when AJ departed without scoring and Williams for just two.
Luqman provided some resistance with a brace of boundaries but the spin of Goreham ended his brief vigil when he drove to Wright at point. Comer got one through Naresh’s defences to pick up his fourth wicket before Azam wrapped up proceedings when Sasi was bowled first ball to leave Chapelfield all out for 92 from 34.3 overs.
|A.Toll||ct &||b Nifraz||5|
|A.Savoury||ct Luqman||b Rohan||16|
|Extras:||(5b, 5lb, 7w, 10nb)||27|
|TOTAL||For 8 wickets||after 40 overs||206|
Fall of Wickets: 1-16 (Toll), 2-16 (G.Savoury), 3-28 (Jackson), 4-35 (A.Savoury), 5-45 (Goreham), 6-59 (Moar), 7-84 (Wright), 8-127 (Jones)
|Mair||ct Goreham||b G.Savoury||7|
|Rezwan||ct G.Savoury||b Comer||25|
|R.Luqman||ct Wright||b Goreham||11|
|Extras:||(3b, 2lb, 11w, 2b)||18|
|TOTAL||All out||after 34.3 overs||92|
Fall of Wickets: 1-19 (Mair), 2-37 (Nirfraz), 3-60 (Rezwan), 4-64 (AJ), 5-67 (Rohan), 6-69 (Bakr-Wells), 7-77 (Williams), 8-86 (Niresh), 9-91 (Luqman), 10-92 (Sasi)