CRICKET: Hucknall on a high after rollercoaster

A ROLLERCOASTER match, that swung one way and then the other, ended with Hucknall taking the plaudits with a well-crafted victory over Belvoir that secured maximum points in Division A of the Gunn And Moore South Notts League.

BELVOIR 185-9

HUCKNALL 188-8

It was all about the team as a whole as Hucknall secured a timely win against the top flight’s bottom side despite them containing two former Leicestershire professionals in Sam Cliff and Scott Boswell.

The clash started late to allow the wicket to dry out and was reduced to 48 overs per side.

But Belvoir found it hard going against Josh Buckley and Tim Buckthorpe, who only conceded eight scoring shots between them.

In fact, Buckthorpe (three for 28 from 11 overs) took the opening three wickets to leave the hosts teetering on 35 for three from the first 18 overs.

When the Wright brothers — Joel the bowler (two for 34 from nine overs) and Jake the fielder — combined to remove home skipper James Clayfield, it was 48 for four.

However, Paul Chadwick and Patrick Dyer repaired some of the damage with both hitting 40 and sharing 53 for the fifth wicket before Cliff smashed 36 from 22 balls, including three sixes and four fours.

In testing conditions, Hucknall were faced with a tricky run-chase.

The reply started on a sour note as Andy Carden soon fell to Cliff, but skipper Robin Maxwell, with a run-a-ball 49 (two sixes and six fours), and Aaron Lee (21, three fours) put on 65 for the second wicket.

Then came Hucknall’s hiccup as Belvoir roared back with four wickets for 12 runs with James Keywood (four for 44 from ten) doing the damage to leave the victory target some way off.

Thankfully, Richard Greatorex was on hand to get his head down and compiled a patient 72-ball 29 (four fours) and was supported by an equally gutsy 65-ball 29 (five fours) from Jake Wright.

Just 15 runs from victory, Greatorex fell to leave the nerves jangling somewhat, but Joel Wright calmly stroked a 15-ball 14 (two fours) to rubberstamp the win with two overs to spare.