There was a new name on the Belvoir Cup as Wymeswold won a close encounter with Long Clawson at Thorpe Arnold on Monday.
Batting first in front of a sizeable crowd, Wymeswold reached 116-5 from their 18-over allocation thanks to good knocks from H. Bowley (25), D. Lewin (37) and P. Brain (13).
For Clawson, J. Pine (2 for 32) and Tom Brotherhood (3 for 31) were the chief wicket-takers.
Clawson’s reply started off well, and with S. Jones (39) and Brotherhood (27) at the crease, they started to look slight favourites.
But when both fell in quick succession, Wymeswold’s tight bowling and good ground fielding pulled them back into the match.
And despite a few lusty late blows from Mark Bailey (15), Clawson fell just short.
For Wymeswold, Jumbo Shelton (1 for 14), Barry (4 for 19), and Lewin (2 for 19) were the pick of the bowlers.
League treasurer Mark Bullimore commended both teams for the spirit the final was played in and thanked the umpire Mel Picker for officiating, Thorpe Arnold for the use of their excellent facilities and sponsors Browning Suzuki for their continued support.
Wayne Browning then presented the trophy to winning team captain Rob Pitman, and the man-of-the-match trophy to Long Clawson’s Tom Brotherhood for his excellent all-round performance.
Brownings Suzuki Belvoir League Vale Division
LONG CLAWSON v UPPER BROUGHTON
Clawson won by 6 wkts
Match sponsor: Carrier Landscapes
Broughton’s poor run of form continued, but they pushed high-flying Clawson last Thursday.
After an early wicket fell, Paul Stevenson (24) and James Dickens (21) put on a good partnership, but the now familiar collapse then followed.
Only Dale Radford and Matt Gillan were able to reach double figures as Broughton stuttered to 94 all out.
For Clawson, Mike Roberts (2 for 23), Tom Brotherhood (3 for 15), and S. Jones (3 for 20) all bowled well.
Broughton’s opening bowlers Stevenson and Andy Burton (3 for 22), backed up by some good catching, took early wickets.
And when Gillan’s throw ran out the dangerous Bailey at 54-4, Clawson were wobbling.
But an assured 36 not out from Mike Roberts and 16 not out from Jones saw Clawson home with eight balls and six wickets to spare.