South Notts League: Belvoir ease past Balderton

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Belvoir moved into second spot in Division A with an eight-wicket win over Balderton on Saturday.

Chris Dobbie (28) and Ian Sellars (23) had largely repaired the damage wrought by Greg Oldfield’s two early wickets when the former opted to pull a ball from Phil Irvine.

He watched in horror as it trickled onto his leg stump, just dislodging the bail.

Olly Elson (4 for 53) then took three wickets in 10 balls with some nice spin, the second thanks to a brilliant stumping wide down the leg side by Ryan Lewis.

David Lynn (22) added some well-struck late middle-order runs before he holed out to Jack Copley at long-on to give Oldfield his third wicket.

Harry Capstick thrashed 20 from 18 balls to earn a second bonus point befoe Balderton were bowled out for 164.

Luke Endley’s two early wickets should have put Belvoir on the back foot, but neither Josh Sharpe (49 not out) nor Greg Oldfield (83 not out) were willing to take a backward step.

They saw off one Balderton bowler after another with Sharpe feeding the strike to Oldfield.

The South African was imperious as he reached his half-century off 52 balls and dominated the Balderton attack.

Ninety per cent of his runs came in boundaries, including a classy extra-cover drive, before Sharpe secured the win with a huge six just before the weather finally broke.

Belvoir travel to Collingham and District on Saturday for their final league game of the season.