Nutbrook give promotion-chasers a tough time

Nutbrook’s first XI faced second-placed Staveley without their key all-rounder Matt Wakefield in a match which would eventually became a time game due to the poor light.

Staveley won the toss and asked Nutbrook to bat first but they got off to a slow start, losing their first wicket on 15 as Danny Brooks was out for just one run.

Fellow opener Max Magann and then Ben Eaton took the score to 37 before Eaton was next man out for seven, and 37-2 then became 47-3 but Magann and Steve Sanderson took the score to 69 before Magann was out for 34.

Sanderson and Rich Henhaw then put on 39 before the latter was out for 20 to leave Nutbrook 108-5, and Sanderson was next to go when he was run out for 34 to leave them 134-6.

Only a very brisk 21 not out by Dan Lever took the score much further as Nutbrook ended their innigns 152 all out with three bonus points collected.

The total did not seem enough on paper as Staveley have a good batting record, but excellent bowling by Magann, Dan Brooks and Henshaw, aided by some good fielding, managed to keep Staveley at bay.

They lost their first wicket with the score on 34 but it had taken 19 overs to get to that stage.

The game then became a time game and Nutbrook had to bowl 17 overs in the last hour.

Staveley lost their second wicket on 45 when Brooks bowled May for one run, then Henshaw bowled Tom Bullimore for 39 with opener Mantle still at the crease on 27 not out.

But the umpires eventually had to call it a day due to bad light with Staveley on 101-3 after 42 overs.

Brooks hadtaken 1-28 and Henshaw 2-42, Magann wicketless but having only conceded 16 runs.

The good result gave Nutbrook ten welcome points.