Nutbrook destroy Aston to stay third

Danny Brooks took five wickets for Nutbrook against Aston-on-Trent.
Danny Brooks took five wickets for Nutbrook against Aston-on-Trent.

Nutbrook remain firmly in the Division Two title hunt after overcoming Aston-on-Trent on Saturday.

The visitors won the toss and asked Nutbrook to bat first, but Chris Palfreyman was out lbw to Aslam with just the second ball.

Ruan Markram joined Michael Chambers to rebuild the innings and their second wicket stand of 104 ended when Markram was bowled by Aslam for 60.

At 104-2 after 21 overs, Tom Bentley joined Chambers and they made another fine stand of 124 before Bentley was out lbw to Ayub for 53 to leave Nutbrook 228-3.

Chambers finally fell for 84, caught by Ali off Ayub’s bowling, before the fireworks really started as Rich Henshaw put on a fine display to hit 57 runs in only 24 balls, including five sixes, ending when he was caugth by Ayub off Shenoy to make it 296-6.

Adam Barrett and Matt Wakefield batted out the final three overs and Nutbrook closed on 307-6.

Nutbrook then tore into the Aston batsmen, Habib caught by Barrett off Markram’s bowling and Markram then bowling Ayub to leave Aston 17-2.

Ali was Markram’s next victim, caught by Barrett, and then Danny Brooks struck three times in succession to see off Shenoy lbw, Ali bowled and Ahmed caught by Henshaw.

Skipper Steve Sanderson then turned to the spin of Harry Duckles and Henshaw and it paid off in style as after two maiden overs Duckles got the vital wicket of Shibber who was out lbw for 38.

Sanderson replaced Duckles and then Brooks returned to finish off Aston’s tail and complete his 5-39, Markram taking 3-36 and one each for Henshaw (1-11) and Duckles (1-5) as Aston were all out for 87.

The 27 points gained means Nutbrook are now in third place behind West Hallam and Langley Mill but have a game in hand.