Captain’s changes seem to do the trick as Nutbrook’s firsts return to winning ways

High-flying Tutbury were the visitors to Nutbrook on Saturday afternoon with home skipper Michael Chambers ringing the changes after two straight defeats.

In came rookie bowler, 15-year-old Matt Noon, and experienced club stalwart Mark Witham.

Tutbury batted first and the new ball opening pair of Chambers and Noon set the tone of the Nutbrook attack, frustrating the Tutbury batsmen with disciplined bowling, Chambers taking the first wicket courtesy of a fine catch from Adam Lever.

The good bowling continued and the Tutbury batsmen had no answer as the wickets tumbled and they collapsed to 84 all out, Chambers finishing with 3-31 and Kevin Flewitt 3-3.

In their reply a few blows from Carl Cruz settled any Nutbrook nerves and despite the loss of the openers, Richard Henshaw and Lever saw the home side to victory.

Second XI

The seconds travelled to Tutbury seconds and amassed 281-6, Dan Lever with 79 and Simon Taylor 43 but the star was Russ Henshaw who smashed 104 to leave Tutbury with a stiff task.

But good Tutbury batting along with indifferent Nutbrook bowling - Adam Brooks’ 3-77 the pick of the visitors’ attack - meant that Tutbury reached their target with an over to spare to wrap up the game.

Third XI

Nutbrook thirds visited local rivals West Hallam at Beech Lane.

West Hallam batted first and tight bowling from returning skipper Gary Woods, Rob Gilbert and a couple of wickets from youngster James Toplis restricted the home side to 203 off their 46 overs.

Nutbrook in their reply made light work of the target as Gilbert’s 49 not out and Harry Cooke with a fine 87 saw the visitors home to make three wins on the bounce for the thirds.

Youth

The U17s welcomed Spondon who posted 147 despite a couple of wickets from Harry Cooke and Dan Lever.

Ryan McGrath hit 30 and Lever 50 not out but Nutbrook fell four runs short.

The U15s hosted Ilkeston Rutland who made 87-4, and despite Harry Cooke’s 27, Matt Noon’s 25 and Callum Rowland’s 25 Nutbrook fell just short of the target in another entertaining match.

Nutbrook U11 A travelled to Long Eaton and Franklin Henshaw, with 2-9 off his three overs, helped restrict Long Eaton to 40 before he then hit 19 in reply. Max Henshaw’s 18 and Victor Hartshorn’s 15 also saw Nutbrook home.

Nutbrook U11 B faced Spondon A who made 60-4, James Taylor with 1-10 and a run out. Too many Nutbrook wickets fell to loose shots to be in contention, Josh Jones top scoring for the home side.