South Notts Cricket League: Belvoir bowlers see off Gedling Colliery

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A determined Olly Elson innings helped Belvoir fight back to beat Gedling Colliery in Division A on Saturday.

Elson (21) strode to the crease to join Joe Bottomley (41) with Belvoir looking out of it at 79-7, but their patient stand of 64 gave the home side a defendable total of 148 all out.

Bottomley also took the bowling plaudits with a miserly first spell and a clever, penetrating second one which gave him figures of 4 for 38.

Greg Oldfield bowled straight through for 17-8-30-3 and Danny Gibson, in his usual style of the charging bull, picked up 3 for 22 as Gedling were bowled out for 101.

Credit must go to Gedling’s last pair Liam Brown and Matt Gosling who stuck it out for 87 balls and had their team believing a draw was a possibility. Maiden followed maiden, Elson bowling five of them consecutively, before the return of Gibson brought the final breakthrough as Brown was bowled.

Brown had earlier bowled straight through to take 5 for 32 from his 16 overs.

Another feature of the match was Belvoir’s catching with Elson taking two, Oldfield taking his season’s total to 13 with three more, and Josh Sharpe taking a blinder at slip.