BELTON BACK FROM THE DEAD TO BEAT FELTHORPE
Belton bounced back from the brink of defeat to secure a sensational ten-run victory over Felthorpe to boost their chances of finishing second.
Felthorpe skipper Spicker won the toss and inserted his hosts into bat on a green but hard wicket.
Belton got off to a fine start with Goreham and Savoury finding the boundary at regular intervals in the early exchanges, with Leak in particular being put to the sword as 33 runs were plundered from the first six overs.
The pair were edging towards a fourth successive fifty partnership but Savoury fell with the score on 43 when Rideout produced a brilliant catch at short-cover off the bowling of Leak.
Goreham drove Tipple for back-to-back boundaries before he too was the victim of a brilliant catch by Rideout at short-cover, with Tipple the grateful bowler on this occasion.
Rehman and Cropley set about rebuilding after the double blow of losing both openers in successive overs but found the change bowling of Chelladurai and Gill difficult to get away early in their innings, before both batsmen unfurled trademark drives through extra cover to the fence.
The duo had rebuilt the innings nicely and had reached the drinks break at a respectable 81-2 but the game turned within two overs of the restart. Cropley flicked the ball off his pads and called for what seemed an easy single but Rehman sent him back with Collard having the simple task of throwing to the keeper to send Cropley on his way for 16. Just two overs later, Rehaman was also run out when he pushed to mid-off for a single only for Spicker to throw down the stumps with a direct hit.
Belton were now 95-4 and in danger of fading away but skipper Ali and George Savoury compiled a vital stand of 46 that was built on pushing the fielders at every opportunity, even though both batsmen were lucky not to become the third and fourth Belton batsmen to be run-out.
Savoury cut Chelladurai for four through backward point to take Belton up towards 150 before he departed for 23 when he was bowled by a delivery that stuck in the pitch. Ali began to increase the run-rate in tandem with Nichols – Ali launching Tipple over wide long-on for a maximum; with Nichols driving through the offside.
Ali did depart with just four overs remaining when he chipped into the safe hands of Spicker for 33 to give Tipple his second wicket. Despite Khan being bowled by Gill for just one, Nichols took Belton past 180 with a boundary and Comer finished the innings by despatching Tipple to the mid-wicket fence – Belton finishing on 186-7 from their allotted overs.
Belton knew they were probably a tad below-par and were in search of early wickets but Doyle and Tipple had other ideas. Despite Ali having Tipple in knots and Nichols bowling an economical spell – conceding just two runs in his first four overs – the visiting duo had reached 43 before Nichols got the breakthrough in the 13th over when he got one to nip back and disturb Tipple’s off-stump.
Koderi immediately showed his intentions by driving straight over Nichols’ head for four before he departed in bizarre circumstances. Nichols bowled a high full-toss which Koderi seemed to hit twice with the ball ended up in Hodds’ hands at fine leg.
Doyle was continued to plunder runs at a good rate and reached drinks, in partnership with Rideout, at 76-2. The drinks break brought its usual victim though Rideout could only help a leg-side delivery from Savoury high into the sky and was pouched by Ali at mid-wicket to be on his way for 9.
Doyle, who continued to flourish, was joined by fellow left-hander Collard and the Belton bowlers found it difficult to adjust their lines to the duo which allowed the visitors to take the score past the hundred mark. Doyle was given a life when he drove straight to Rehman at cover but Wright was adjudged to have overstepped.
Felthorpe were seemingly cruising towards victory, needing 53 runs from 13 overs with seven wickets remaining, but Collard departed to Goreham when he was pouched by a superb catch from Hodds in the deep running around from long-on.
Doyle passed his half-century with a punch through point for four and Spicker launched Goreham over square-leg for a maximum before the introduction of Ali proved pivotal.
Spicker played all around a straight delivery to his opposite number to fall for 14, before Carpenter went the same way without scoring to leave Felthorpe on 159-6, still only 29 runs short of victory.
Savoury got in on the act in the following over when Chelladurai was adjudged leg-before for just four. Doyle’s resistance was ended by Ali when he was bowled via his pads for a fine 62 and Belton sensed an unlikely victory.
Rehman bowled a couple of tight overs to increase the required rate before Dobson became Ali’s fourth victim when he chipped to Rehman at mid-off.
Ali, who’s match-winning spell was 5-13 from six overs, wrapped up proceedings when Leak was bowled to give Belton an unlikely victory by 10 runs.
|W.Goreham||ct Rideout||b Tipple||22|
|A.Savoury||ct Rideout||b Leak||25|
|S.Ali||ct Spicker||b Tipple||33|
|Extras:||(3b, 3lb, 11w, 2nb)||19|
|TOTAL||For 8 wickets||after 45 overs||186|
Fall of Wickets: 1-43 (A.Savoury), 2-51 (Goreham), 3-90 (Cropley), 4-95 (Rehman), 5-141 (G.Savoury), 6-170 (Ali), 7-177 (Khan)
|S.Kuderi||ct Hodds||b Nichols||15|
|S.Rideout||ct Ali||b G.Savoury||9|
|C.Collard||ct Hodds||b Goreham||15|
|F.Dobson||ct Rehman||b Ali||3|
|Extras:||(16b, 7lb, 10w, 1nb)||34|
|TOTAL||All Out||after 44.5 overs||168|
Fall of Wickets: 1-43 (Tipple), 2-65 (Kuderi), 3-91(Rideout), 4-134 (Collard), 5-154 (Spicker), 6-159 (Carpenter), 7-168 (Chelladurai), 8-168 (Doyle), 9-178 (Dobson), 10-178 (Leak)