IT’S not often you return bowling figures of six for 11 from ten overs but still end up on the losing side.
But that’s what happened to Matt Lane, for NEWSTEAD ABBEY 2ND against Staveley Welfare 3rd in Section Four of the Mansfield League.
Lane’s heroics helped bottom-of-the-table Newstead skittle Staveley for just 129. Lee Christie also took two for 52 from nine overs, and the visitors would have been further embarrassed without knocks of 49 (eight fours) by skipper Ryan Brown and 32 not out (two sixes and three fours) by tailender Nigel Brown.
However Newstead’s batting was even worse as they slumped to 102 all out, despite 45 (nine fours) from Brian Thomas and 18 (four fours) from Chris Curtis.
Man-of-the-match Brown inflicted most of the damage, taking five for ten from only 34 balls.
A SIMILAR batting collapse was endured by NEWSTEAD ABBEY’s first team in Section One of the Mansfield League.
For they nosedived to 126 all out when chasing home team Underwood’s total of 170 for nine.
The top contributor was the extras column (30), followed by Robert Casterton with 22 and Chris Cooke with 17.
Earlier Cooke had also taken two for 36 from ten overs with the ball, well supported by Dan Greenhalgh (three for 48 in ten overs) and Andy Paulson (two for 36 in ten).
But after reducing Underwood to 115 for seven, Newstead came unstuck against the batting of Matthew Thorley, who fired 51 (two sixes and seven fours).
WITH their first team on duty in the Popkess Cup, weakened HUCKNALL suffered an understandably heavy nine-wicket defeat against Millhouses Works in the Premier Section of the Mansfield League.
After early promise from Paul Whyley (26, three fours) and Joe Todhunter (20), Hucknall slid to 101 all out against fine bowling by Waseem Ahanger (five for 24 in ten overs).
Their Sheffield visitors then knocked off the runs in only 12.1 overs, courtesy of Tuffail Dar (43 not out, ten fours) and Richard Everitt (39, nine fours).
DETERMINED PAPPLEWICK AND LINBY held on for a losing draw in their Mansfield League, Section Six match against high-riding Ashover 2nd.
Papplewick were on the receiving end of some terrific batting by Adam Turner (103 not out, 20 fours)) and Matt Wattrett (68, 11 fours) as Ashover amassed 236 for five in their allotted 40 overs.
But in reply, they refused to buckle and dogged innings from Jonathan Thrower (32, three fours), Sam Straw (26), Aaron Onyon (22, four fours) and Sam Stewart (21, three fours) enabled them to finish on 148 for six.
BOTTOM-of-the-table Oxton sprang an upset when hammering BESTWOOD VILLAGE by 73 runs in Division Two of the Newark Alliance.
Despite a return of four for 20 by Mohammad Adnan, the home side totalled 212 for nine in their 40 overs -- thanks largely to 79 from opener Simon Widdison and 50 from Michael Berry.
Bestwood were bowled out for 139, which would have been considerably less without 31 not out by tailender and skipper Amer Ismial.