Grantham and Melton Cricket Association: Belvoir boucne back against Houghton-on-the-Hill

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Belvoir Sunday XI bounced back after last week’s defeat to Grantham with a convincing six-wicket win in a rain-affected match against Houghton–on-the-Hill.

Ben Garner and Chris Packwood (30) gave Houghton a good start in this Division One clash with a run-a-ball stand of 42 before the fiery Fraser Fentem (2 for 33) got through to the stumps with a peach of a delivery.

Joe Bottomley drew an edge from Ben Silver in the next over, and Packwood was brilliantly stumped off a Ryan Lewis wide in the next.

When Alex Forbes (4 for 27) drew another edge to the keeper in his first over, Houghton had collapsed to 57-4.

Colin Griggs was looking good before he was bowled, and Luke Mitchell had smacked a wonderful six before becoming Forbes’ third victim. Robbie Scudamore scampered a run-a-ball 18 only to be well run out by Greg Oldfield.

Skipper James Cross tried valiantly to post a defendable target but Oldfield (2 for 23) bowled six miserly overs at the death to restrict Houghton to 124 from their 24 overs.

Belvoir’s reply was always ahead of the asking rate thanks to the belligerent Bottomley and a strident John Senescall, but both were out by the end of the eighth over for 54.

Lewis (41) started with a purpose and was soon whipping the ball off his legs and cutting between gully and cover.

The normally rampant Oldfield (45 not out) played a supporting role as the pair took the score to 90 when Lewis played an uncharacteristic false shot and was bowled by Luke Mitchell (2 for 19).

The latter showed commendable intent in a difficult situation and was the pick of the Houghton attack. Oldfield smacked an awesome four to win the game at the end of the 20th over.

Houghton: 126.

Bowling: F. Fentem 6-0-33-2; J. Bottomley 6-0-39-1; A. Forbes 5.4-0-27-4; G. Oldfield 6-0-23-2.

Belvoir: J. Senescal 12, J. Bottomley 17, R. Lewis 41, G. Oldfield 45*, S. Penford 3, L. Dann 0*, Extras 12. Total: 130-4.