South Notts League: Belvoir stumped by in-form Wollaton

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Belvoir came up against a Wollaton side bang in form and lost their Division A clash by 198 runs.

Wollaton openers, Matt Schofield (84) and captain David Barr (73) simply ran away with the initiative and hid it somewhere beyond the reach of Belvoir’s bowlers.

Schofield smacked 12 hard-hit fours, coming at a rate of one every eight deliveries, while Barr’s innings began as sensible support in the 148-run first wicket stand.

He then took over the dominant role, taking 31 from his last 20 balls, while Ian Dodd (25), Mustafa Iqbal (30), Matt Young (15) and Nicky Kirkwood (28 not out) all added quick runs as Belvoir’s attack continued to suffer.

Only Olly Elson (1 for 23) and Greg Oldfield (3 for 74) were able to exert any control as the visitors posted 298-5.

Jack Copley and Josh Sharpe took 14 from the first over of Belvoir’s rely, but Tom Naylor bowled two of the top order and trapped another three lbw while conceding just a single run.

Oldfield (41) took a liking to this bowling and picked up four sweet boundaries off his next three overs, but Naylor still pocketed two more wickets to finish with 7 for 22.

Xanti Xipu batted well and Joe Bottomley was his usual expansive self as Belvoir scrambled to triple figures before the last wicket fell to Sunil Sharma.