Haynes heroics in vain as Belvoir defeat Collingham

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Belvoir eased to a six-wicket South Notts League win over Collingham in Division B despite heroics from opener Ali Haynes.

Haynes carried his bat through the whole innings and scored 73 per cent of his side’s runs from the bat.

Danny Gibson captured the first two wickets, helped by an outstanding diving catch at cover-point by debutant Greg Oldfield. A shrewd bowling change by captain Tom Neville saw Lyndon James (3 for 17) tear the heart out of Collingham’s middle-order.

Olly Elson (3 for 15) trapped the obstinate Jonathan Todd lbw to end any hopes Collingham had of a decent total. Oldfield (2 for 12) tidied up the tail, bowling the visitors out for 134, leaving Haynes cruelly six runs short of his ton.

Jack Copley (32) started hauling in the meagre target with a punchy display including four sweetly-struck drives through the covers, while at the other end, Greg Oldfield (62 not out) remained busy.

David Sears (2 for 29) and Chad Batty (2-46) kept Belvoir honest, the former nagging away miserly with little luck, while the latter ran in at express pace.

With Belvoir at 90-4 there was still a glimmer of hope for Collingham, but Lewis Dann (17 not out) snuffed them out with a stalwart display of defence sprinkled with aggression.