HOCKWOLD HAMMER SORRY BELTON
10-man Belton were hammered at home by a dominant Hockwold by 116 runs.
Hockwold won the toss and elected to bat first – Belton actually starting proceedings in the field with just seven players due to some late arrivals.
Belton’s opening pair of Wright and Nixon found some early shape with the new ball but Ruddick in particular was looking in good touch.
Nixon got the breakthrough in the 5th over when one nipped back off the seam and disturb Ruddick’s middle stump for 14.
Hockwold’s top order were looking in the mood for runs but Belton, and debutant Khan in particular, did manage to pick up wickets at fairly regular intervals.
Khan had opener Bland pouched comfortably by Nixon at mid-off for 14 with the score on 48-2 from 13 overs.
With Ali-Khan operating at the other end, Khan picked up his second wicket just before the drinks break when E.Gilmour was bowled by an in-swinging delivery for 18.
J.Gilmour also departed just after the drinks break when he was adjudged leg-before to become Khan’s third victim for 14. Alan Ruddick was proving a thorn in the Belton side however, without taking the game away from the hosts.
The introduction of Comer would prove pivotal for the hosts. L.Bland smashed Comer’s first two deliveries for ten runs before the bowler would have his revenge when he attempted one shot too many and Khan took a fine catch running around from mid-on for 23.
Ruddick provided some lusty blows to take himself past a half-century before he was cleaned up by the returning Nixon.
Comer demolished the Hockwold tail when Smith and B.Gilmour were both castled for nine and two respectively before a succession of catches for Cropley at mid-off ended the visitors innings – A.Gilmour for a golden duck and Barrett for two – to dismiss Hockwold for 176 and give Comer a maiden five-wicket haul.
Belton felt that the target was within reach but needed vital runs from the top order – they didn’t get them
Skipper Savoury fell in the 4th over for just four when he was bowled by medium-pacer Marlow before Nixon was sent up the river by his partner and was run-out for just 1.
Cropley launched Marlow over square-leg for a maximum but when he adjudged to be struck in front of his stumps for 9, the writing was on the wall with Belton 25-3 and the key men back in the hut.
Toll was then the victim of a run-out himself before Jones and Khan were both dismissed without scoring – with Belton’s batting display nearing on embarrassing.
Azaam showed some brief resistance before being bowled by Bland and bowling-hero Comer was dismissed without scoring to bring the hosts’ final pair to the crease with score only on 44.
A boundary from Wright and a couple of lusty blows by Ali-Khan at least took Belton past fifty before Ali-Khan was bowled by Smith to dismiss the hosts for a dismal 60.
|C.Bland||ct Nixon||b Khan||14|
|L.Bland||ct Khan||b Comer||23|
|A.Gilmour||ct Cropley||b Comer||0|
|S.Borrett||ct Cropley||b Comer||2|
|Extras:||(15b, 6lb, 9w)||30|
|TOTAL||All out||after 37 overs||176|
|M.Khan||ct Borrett||b E.Gilmour||0|
|TOTAL||All out||after 25.3 overs||60|
Fall of Wickets: 1-6 (Savoury), 2-9 (Nixon), 3-25 (Cropley), 4-32 (Toll), 5-39 (Jones), 6-42 (Khan), 7-42 (Azaam), 8-44 (Comer), 9-60 (Ali-Khan)