CRICKET: Reliable stalwarts slice through Risley batting

HAND-Y BOWLING -- Nick Hand grabbed a five-wicket haul

HAND-Y BOWLING -- Nick Hand grabbed a five-wicket haul

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TWO of the club’s most reliable customers propelled Newstead Abbey into the top three of the Gunn And Moore South Notts League, Division C table at Risley.

RISLEY 65

NEWSTEAD ABBEY 70-3

Nick Hand and Andy Paulson produced five-wicket bursts that reduced the home side to tatters and set up a cosy seven-wicket victory.

Hand, renowned as an expert exponent of new-ball bowling, took five for 25 from 10.1 overs, while experienced former skipper Paulson bagged five for ten in only six overs when introduced as first change.

All this after a wayward opening spell by skipper Nick Rose, whose four overs cost 27 runs.

Only one Risley batsman could cope with Hand and Paulson -- opener Jay Harper, whose 44 (one six and six fours) made up more than two-thirds of their total.

Not one of the rest could muster more than six. Indeed there were no fewer than six ducks.

Newstead’s reply contained two noughts of its own, supplied by Dan Greenhalgh and Adam Kalka. But 17 from Rose and an undefeated 40 (four fours) from Gary Devonshire eased them home.

Opener Devonshire topped the innings with a six to get the locals to their target by the 30th over.