Nocton v Aisthorpe, July 9th 2017
On a glorious Sunday afternoon Nocton hosted bottom-of-the-table Aisthorpe. No team aiming to do well can relax and expect a walkover win over any other. Nocton could only manage to get 9 players for the match due to holidays and work commitments and there were gaps in the field when we asked Aisthorpe to bat first. After a shaky start losing two early wickets, Ryan Hatton and Richard Newell batted steadily and between them hit 81 runs, Newell making 60. No other Aisthorpe batsman made double figures. Sam Bunn was the pick of the Nocton bowlers taking 4-30 with his leg breaks. Aisthorpe finished on 137 all out, not usually a match-winning total but a challenge to Nocton who were 2 players short.
Nocton got off to a lively start with Sam Allison and Dylan Garfoot taking the score along smoothly. Dylan was seeing the ball “like a beach ball” and was confident of passing the Aisthorpe total … until he was given out caught off his elbow. Many of you will know that you can be caught out off the bat, the handle, your glove – but not your elbow! Alas we had no third umpire, no review, no slo-mo replay so Dylan had to face the frustration and disappointment that so many cricketers have to face at all levels. What followed would have been called a minor batting collapse but, when you only have 9 players, it’s a major collapse. The rock-solid Paul Carrott held the side together and gave some hope but he was eventually last man out, bowled by Sean Melton. He and James Epton took 7 of the 8 wickets to fall for just 21 runs as Nocton were beaten by 54 runs. We are still 3rd in Division 2 with 2 games in hand over second place Billingborough. Aisthorpe are still bottom of the table but proud to have won their first game of the season. Individual players are doing well with Dylan second highest scorer in all divisions, Sam Bunn is the 4th highest wicket taker and Mikey Atkinson is fifth in the batting averages.
Report and photographs courtesy of Jonathan Sides - many thanks
|Sam Bunn in action|
|David Franklin bowls Aisthorpe captain David Hayes|
|Rob Garfoot takes a return catch off his own bowling|
|Isaac Appleyard leaps into his delivery stride|
|Congratulations to Paul Carrott after bowling Richard Newell for 60|
|Paul Carrott hitting out late in the Nocton innings|
|A glorious summer sight|
|Paul is bowled by Sean Melton and the Nocton innings was over|