Nocton won by 68 runs
Nocton’s pitch is (in)famous for being unpredictable in bounce and pace – an awkward pitch to bat on! Bassingham’s is just the same. Runs were hard to come by so Nocton’s 136 off 38 overs always looked as if it would be challenging. Six batsmen made double figures for Nocton who lost the toss and were asked to bat first.
Dylan put together a team who could bat all the way down the order and, tricks as the pitch was, we hit 3 sixes and 10 fours in the total. Sam Allison, an occasional player for Nocton, made a steady 24 while Dylan attacked from the other end, eventually falling to ball that popped up off a good length. He hit one mighty six which scattered 3 young ladies who were minding their own business walking a long way beyond the boundary. They heard the warning shout but had no idea where the ball was; luckily it landed harmlessly but not all that far away from them! Kyle Thompson played his usual aggressive innings making a quick 20 of which 16 were in boundaries. He looked in menacing form until he too fell victim to a ball that jumped up off a length. His dad Wayne, who came in for a lot of barracking from his son from the boundary, used his main shot to nearly every ball he faced – an enormous swipe with the bat. For the most part he missed the ball but, when he connected, it sent the ball to all corners of the field! Rob Appleyard and Darren Askew put on a useful late partnership which kept the scoreboard ticking over until Isaac Appleyard was last man out.
Bassingham found the going even tougher on their own ground and they scored only 3 boundaries in the whole innings. It took them 33 overs to make 68 all out of which 20 (the top score) were extras. The damage was done by Mikey Atkinson who took six wickets for just 9 runs off his 10 overs. Bassingham had no answer to his nagging accuracy and movement off the pitch.
The result leaves Nocton still second in the league with 148 points, 32 clear of nearest rivals Bracebridge Heath 2nd XI.
Report and photos courtesy of Jonathan Sides
|Plate 1 - Dylan’s straight 6 which sent 3 girls running for cover!|
|Plate 2 - Sam Allison who top scored with 24|
|Plate 3 - Kyle Thompson hitting one of his 4 boundaries|
|Plate 4 - A stylish stroke through the off side by Mikey Atkinson|
|Plate 5 - a not-so-stylish swipe by Wayne Thompson|
who hit a 6 and two 4s
|Plate 6 - Darren Askew made a useful and attractive 15|
batting low in the order