BELTON SOAR UP TO SECOND
Belton jumped two places to second in Division One with a 118-run humbling of rivals Blundeston.
Belton skipper Ali won the toss and elected to bat first on a hard wicket that would crumble in the later stage of the match.
Blundeston’s opening bowlers of Milham and Gooch bowled a good length in the opening overs which Savoury and Goreham struggled to get away with just eight runs coming from the opening four overs.
The Belton innings came to life in the fifth over when Savoury drove Milham through the off-side for three boundaries. Goreham got in on the act in the following over, cutting and driving Gooch for a brace of boundaries of his own.
Belton were suddenly flying, and three more boundaries through the off-side came off Milham’s fifth over to leave Belton sitting handsomely on 56-0 from the first ten overs.
Talbot gained some control but Goreham and Savoury both used the angle of the left-arm seamer with boundaries through backward point. Belton were aided by three overs from Jesudasen which included seven wides to take the visitors to the 15-over drinks break at 77 without loss.
The introduction of left-arm spinner Talbot quietened the Belton openers down, with just six runs coming from his first three overs. Savoury edged for four before Goreham used his feet to great effect to take ten from the spinners over to bring up the hundred partnership – also passing his fourth half-century in his last five innings.
Savoury passed a half-century of his own before launching Talbot over square-leg for a maximum. The partnership of 140 was ended just before the second drinks break when the introduction of spinner Bamba paid dividends – Savoury bowled attempting a drive over the top to depart for 64.
Rehman joined Goreham at the crease and allowed himself a couple of overs to get his eye in before launching Bamba straight into the sight screen for a maximum. Goreham knocked the ball around to move into the eighties before his fine innings of 81 was brought to an end when he chipped Bamba into the hands of Gooch at long-on.
With the score 172-2, Cropley joined Rehman at the crease looking to get Belton up towards 250, but the introduction of Elliott Gooch dried up the runs for the visitors, although Rehman did drive him down the ground for four before he became Bamba’s third victim in the following over. Rehman (30) attempted a slog-sweep but top-edged high into the sky with Gooch taking a fine catch running in from deep mid-wicket.
Cropley drove Gooch gloriously down the ground for four two balls in succession to take the score up past 200 before the bowler got his revenge when Cropley was bowled next ball for 17.
Nichols drove Gooch through cover-point for four before he was also bowled attempting to increase the run-rate in the closing overs. Ali and Savoury knocked singles in the closing overs off before Savoury departed to the final ball of the innings for four – caught by Talbot at cover off the bowling of Milham. Belton finishing on 231-6 from their 45 overs.
Blundeston were confident of knocking off the required runs at the tea interval and Gooch got them off to a fine start when he took 15 runs from Nichols’ first over, and guiding Ali through third man for four.
Talbot was happy playing a supporting role, although he did help a full toss to the square-leg fence. The hosts had 31 on the board when Nichols got the vital breakthrough when Ali took a fine low catch at mid-wicket to send Gooch on his way for 23.
Talbot was still content with chipping away with singles and twos, but Bamba got into his stride immediately drive Ali for four before launching Nichols for a maximum over long-on. Blundeston were 62-1 after 15 overs, but the introduction of Savoury dried up runs even further.
With the score on 71, Savoury got the second breakthrough when Talbot was bowled by a delivery that nipped back for 27. That dismissal brought Dom Gooch to the crease with Bamber, the duo that ripped Belton apart earlier in the season at Southtown Common. Despite Gooch hitting 14 off his first six deliveries, there was to be no partnership this time as Savoury had Bamba caught off a leading edge by Cropley in the gully for 17.
Gooch showed no signs of playing a safer game and slogged Wright over square-leg for a maximum. Savoury picked up his third and fourth wickets in successive deliveries when Ollie Gooch was bowled without scoring before Ludham could only chip to Goreham at silly mid-on for a first ball duck. Gooch responded to those dismissals by giving Savoury the same treatment as Wright – launching over long-off for six.
Wright picked up his wicket in the next over when Talbot could only drive to Ali at mid-off for one to leave the visitors in complete control with Blundeston 99-6.
Wickets were now coming thick and fast and Savoury claimed Gooch as his fifth victim when he was deceived by a lack of pace and lobbed a simple catch to Wright at mid-wicket for 30.
Savoury had Ingram caught in the covers by Comer to finish with figures of 6-21 before Comer cleaned up the tail when Milham was bowled without scoring and Jesudasen the last man to fall – lobbing simply to Ali at short cover for 7. Blundeston dismissed for 113.
|W.Goreham||ct O.Gooch||b Bamba||81|
|A.Rehman||ct D.Gooch||b Bamba||30|
|G.Savoury||ct M.Talbot||b Milham||4|
|Extras:||(10b, 2lb, 10w, 4nb)||26|
|TOTAL||For 6 Wickets||after 45 overs||231|
Fall of Wickets: 1-140 (A.Savoury), 2-172 (Goreham), 3-197 (Rehman), 4-210 (Nichols), 5-223 (Cropley), 6-231 (G.Savoury)
|E.Gooch||ct Ali||b Nichols||23|
|H.Bamba||ct Cropley||b G.Savoury||17|
|D.Gooch||ct Wright||b G.Savoury||30|
|J.Ludham||ct Goreham||b G.Savoury||0|
|G.Talbot||ct Ali||b Wright||1|
|M.Ingram||ct Comer||b G.Savoury||3|
|D.Jesudasen||ct Ali||b Comer||7|
|Extras:||(1b, 1w, 3nb)||5|
|TOTAL||All Out||after 28.2 overs||113|
Fall of Wickets: 1-31 (E.Gooch), 2-71 (M.Talbot), 3-86 (Bamba), 4-92 (O.Gooch), 5-92 (Ludham), 6-99 (G.Talbot), 7-105 (D.Gooch), 8-108 (Ingram), 9-108 (Milham), 10-113 (Jesudasen)