South Nottinghamshire League: Belvoir put Thurgarton to the sword

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Belvoir’s Danny Gibson set the pattern early on when he bowled Josh Downie first ball and then caught a steepler off Joe Bottomley (2 for 17) to leave Thurgarton 2-2.

Greg Oldfield took a fine catch running in from point and proceeded to elicit an edge to the keeper in his first over. At the other end, in a tight and penetrative spell, Phil Irvine (3 for 29) forced Thurgarton’s obdurate skipper Colin Cliffe (30) into a false shot which looped to mid-on.

Jacob Styles (22) tried to be aggressive and plonked one huge six over the boundary before he was bowled by Oldfield in a miserly spell of 11-5-24-4.

Styles was supported by a steadfast Will Crowder in an eighth wicket partnership of 32 as Thurgarton just made it into three figures, all out for exactly 100.

Jack Copley (52 not out) and Olly Clayfield set about the 101 run target, driving, cutting and pulling almost at will.

The 50 came up from just 47 balls before Sam Cliffe had Clayfield neatly pouched by his dad Colin behind the stumps. But Copley carried on imperiously, flicking the ball through mid-wicket and cutting a couple past backward point to bring up his 50 with a mighty six off his 42nd ball.

Oldfield (18 from 13 balls) delighted the spectators with three imperious fours driven past mid-off, the last of these providing the winning runs.