A wonderful all-round display by 19-year-old Australian all-rounder Harry Thoman propelled Nutbrook to a resounding 145-run victory over struggling Sawley and Long Eaton Park in Division One of the Derbyshire County League.
Nutbrook feared the worst after they were forced to field a much-weakened side because of players wanting to see Derby County’s play-off match at home to Hull City. But Thoman rode to the rescue in sparkling style, firing 69 with the bat and then unleashing a six-wicket blast with the ball.
Nutbrook’s batting could hardly be faulted as they amassed a total of 278-8 in their allotted 50 overs, building nicely on an opening stand of 80 between Sahd Sadiq (40, two sixes and five fours) and Michael Chambers (19).
The fireworks began, though, when Thoman joined Richard Henshaw at the crease and got stuck into the Sawley spin. The pair shared a fourth-wicket partnership of 85, with the young Aussie smacking 69, including five sixes, and Henshaw adding a run-a-ball 56 (one six and seven fours). A further 26 (one six and three fours) from Adam Barrett, plus 32 extras, helped the cause too.
Sawley’s reply was never in the hunt, especially after Thoman had removed captain Gary Birley for nine. The paceman went on to take 6-32 from 9.3 overs, with his victims including the visitors’ joint top scorer, Dave Eckersley, who made 36 (three fours) along with opener Richard Lawton (seven fours).
Shafiq (2-27 in five overs) removed Lawton, while spinner Henshaw (1-22 in seven overs) broke a dangerous-looking fourth-wicket stand between Eckersley and Danny Brown (22).
The rest was left to man-of-the-match Thoman, who came back into the attack and whipped through Sawley’s tailend with an amazing burst of four wickets in four balls.
NUTBROOK 2nd enjoyed a winning draw at Heanor Town 2nd in Division Six North.