South Notts League cricket: Blitzes by Beastall and Fifoot go to waste

Superb bowling by Anthony Beastall and Matthew Fifoot was wasted as both HUCKNALL 3RD and HUCKNALL 4TH plunged to unlikely defeats in the Gunn And Moore South Notts League.

Beastall took five wickets for the third-team in Division J, and Fifoot seven wickets for the fourth team in Division N. But brittle batting collapses in reply took the gloss off their efforts.

Newly-promoted Hucknall 3rd slid to their first reverse of the new season.

Beastall’s return of five for 21 shot out Gedling Colliery 3rd for just 92, of which 33 was scored by one player, Danny O’Brien. But then Hucknall crashed to 66 all out against some lethal bowling by Andy Bingham, who took six for 12.

Fifoot, going on as third-change for Hucknall 4th, took seven for 24 in only 8.1 overs to send home side Lambley 2nd spinning to 95 all out.

But the locals batted atrociously in reply and sank to 77 all out themselves, despite 29 from opener and skipper Paul Whyley and 22 from tailender Curtis Hall. Five of their 11 batsmen, including Fifoot, made ducks, while two others made just one.

The Lambley bowlers to cause most of the damage were Kirsten Cowlishaw (three for 12 in six overs) and Paul Westbury (three for 25 in seven).

A BLEAK season looms large on the horizon for ROLLS-ROYCE LEISURE 2ND after a fifth match without success in Division H.

Stranded at the foot of the table, Rolls find themselves with minus-ten points after being deucted 20 for failing to fulfil a fixture last month.

They were hopeful of getting off the mark as they travelled to take on fellow strugglers West Bridgfordians 3rd, who were relegated from Division G last season.

But chasing a target of 167, they were skittled for just 101, off which most was contributed by middle-order batsmen Oliver Mattick (39) and Amaad Jalil (28).

Rolls’s reply was in trouble from the moment opener Ben Gathercole was dismissed for a duck. Wickets continued to tumble readily either side of the Mattick/Jalil partnership, including five for fourth-change Ian Huskinson (five for 14 in seven overs) and two apiece for Joe Blaney (two for 13 in six) and Sam Winch (two for 20 in eight).

Earlier, the Hucknall side had also bowled respectably, most notably Jalil (two for 45 in 12 overs), Blayne Riley (one for 15 in seven) and Gathercole (one for 39 in 12).

But West Bridgfordians were held together by an unbeaten 90 from number three bat Kwesi Spencer, who steered his side to a total of 166 for five in their 45 overs.