BELTON CRUISE TO VICTORY
Belton cruised to victory by 9 wickets and a subsequent maximum points over winless East Harling.
East Harling skipper Wells won the toss and elected to bat first on a green looking wicket at Southtown Common.
Belton got off to the perfect start with a wicket apiece for the opening bowlers. Nichols got one to swing away from the left-handed Pickerell – the batsman getting a thin edge through to ‘keeper Savoury for just four. Ali then removed the dangerous Free when he was adjudged leg-before to a delivery that kept a tad low.
Seymour and Hilton set about rebuilding the visitors’ innings, although they found runs hard to come by from the accurate Ali and Nichols. The duo had taken the East Harling score beyond fifty but the introduction of Wright ended the brief resistance. Seymour went for a more expansive drive and was pouched safely by Khan at mid-off for 18 – the visitors 67-3 at the drinks break.
As so often is the case, the drinks break brought success for Belton, with Rehman picking up a victim in each of his next three overs.
Firstly, Hilton shouldered arms to a delivery that nipped back viciously off the seam to take the top of off-stump to depart for 22. Wells came and went quickly with Rehman demolishing the timbers.
Bessant took Wright for 14 in an over before he was bowled attempting to give Rehman a similar treatment. Belton were in control at 88-6 and it was just a matter of time before the innings closed.
Nichols returned to bowl Bray via in inside edge for 2 and Wright bowled Fowler between bat and pad for just a single. Nichols picked up his third and fourth wickets when Ayton was bowled and Macrow edged to the safe hands of Goreham at second slip – East Harling dismissed for 101 in just over 37 overs.
Belton’s reply got off to a steady start, with Goreham in particular looking in fine touch. The opening stand had reached 36 in eight overs when Savoury departed for 10 – driving Macrow straight to Wells at mid-on.
The Goreham brothers were determined to ensure that Savoury’s dismissal was just a minor setback and they found runs easy to come by. East Harling skipper Wells rotated his bowlers in a bid to find a breakthrough but the Goreham’s were made of stern stuff.
Wayne Goreham (51*) was handed a couple of lives but passed a deserved half-century shortly before Richard (30*) hit the winning boundary through mid-wicket – Belton winning by 9 wickets in just 24 overs.
East Harling Innings
|R.Pickerell||ct Savoury||b Nichols||4|
|K.Seymour||ct Khan||b Wright||18|
|A.Macrow||ct R.Goreham||b Nichols||3|
|Extras:||(3b, 5lb, 8w, 2nb)||18|
|TOTAL||All out||after 37.2 overs||101|
Fall of Wickets: 1-14 (Pickerell), 2-18 (Free), 3-52 (Seymour), 4-71 (Hilton), 5-72 (Wells), 6-87 (Bessant), 7-86 (Fowler), 8-94 (Bray), 9-95 (Macrow), 10-101 (Ayton)
|A.Savoury||ct Wells||b Macrow||10|
|TOTAL||For 1 wicket||after 24 overs||104|
Fall of Wickets: 1-36 (Savoury)