A good old fashioned cricket battle between bat and ball ended with a four-wicket win for Belvoir in Division A.
Thurgarton’s top order garnered 111 in the first 20 overs through Josh Downie (36), James Taylor (30) and captain Sam Cliffe who helped himself to three successive boundaries before edging a low slip catch to Tom Neville.
The middle order were unable to keep up the run rate as Belvoir spinner Olly Elson put the brakes on with a fine spell (13-5-21-2). He had the obdurate Mansoor Khan (36) eventually trapped lbw to a beautiful delivery.
Lusty blows from Jacob Styles edged Thurgarton towards a fourth batting bonus point but he was brilliantly caught at point by Greg Oldfield and the innings closed on 199.
Aaman Singh took two wickets in the ninth over to peg Belvoir’s chase back at 22-2, but then Oldfield marched out to join Jack Copley (38).
The pair righted the listing ship with a stand of 64 before Copley fell to Matt Brown’s aggressive seamers. Downie picked up two cheap wickets to reduce Belvoir to 118-5, but Ryan Lewis (23) produced typical batting grit, adding 46 hard-fought runs with Oldfield before Styles had him caught behind.
It was Phil Irvine’s turn to show some bottle with a sensible occupation of the crease which allowed Oldfield to complete his own ton, and seal victory, with a huge six to mid-wicket.