Batsmen are on top as Nutbrook earn a draw

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Nutbrook travelled to newly-promoted South Wingfield in their opening Division Two fixture but despite some good individual displays could only manage a losing draw.

The visitors had four new players in their ranks, Aussie Max Magann, Alex Butler from Finchfield CC and Chris Palfreyman and Matt Wakefield from neighbours Ilkeston Rutland.

New skipper Steve Sanderson won the toss and asked the hosts to bat, and Nutbrook got off to a fine start with Magann getting both openers out by the fifth over, making the score 23-2.

Any chance of Nutbrook getting on top ended when Chris Dunn and Aussie Nick Gill got together, and aided by some wayward bowling and a very short boundary put on 184 in only 25 overs before Palfreyman bowled Gill for 93 and Dunn quickly followed when caught by Magann of Adam Brooks’ bowling for 82.

Wingfield eventually ended on 307-6, Magann with 3-65 the pick of the bowlers.

In reply, Nutbrook lost their first four wickets for just 16 but Magann and Sanderson soon set about rebuilding the innings, and that they did by putting on 185 for the fifth wicket before Sanderson went for 97.

Magann eventually ended 88 not out and others hung on around him to see Nutbrook to the end on 194-7 and ten points.

Nutbrook 2nd XI entertained Cromford Meadows on a sunny spring afternoon at Arthur Fisher Memorial Ground.

Nutbrook batted first and soon lost skipper Mark Witham, but Harry Cooke and Ben Dawes soon steadied the ship with Cooke top scoring with 72 and Dawes on 68, which along with Kevin Flewitt’s 20 not out insured the home side finished on 225 -7 .

In Cromford’s reply, tight bowling from Flewitt (3 for 8) restricted the visitors and meant they were never going to chase down the target.

A couple of wickets apiece from Witham and Harry Duckels helped restrict Cromford to 156-6 at stumps ensuring the lion’s share of points went to Nutbrook .

Nutbrook 3rds welcomed Sawley LE Park, and, fielding a young and inexperienced side, Nutbrook did well to restrict Sawley to 204.

James Toplis was the pick of the bowlers for Nutbrook.

In reply Nutbrook struggled early on and never recovered, eventually crashing to 83 all out.