Bottom side surprise Nutbrook first XI

Nutbrook welcomed bottom-of-the-table South Wingfield on Saturday and upon winning the toss put their opponents into bat.

Wingfield lost their first wicket on 27 when skipper Borland was caught by Rich Henshaw off the bowling of Danny Brooks for 15.

Indian star Sultan and opener Shuttleworth put on 52 before Henshaw bowled the former for 37 and Chris Dunn soon followed for nine to leave the visitors 100-4.

After 23 overs runs were hard to get against the spin of young Harry Duckles and the old master Henshaw, wickets falling at steady intervals until a late flourish between Mitchell and Cowlishaw took the final score to 186-9 after 46 overs.

Brooks took 1-29, Matt Wakefield 1-11, Henshaw 3-44 and Duckles 3-54.

Nutbrook got off to a good start in reply with an opening stand of 47 before Chris Palfreyman was bowled by Sultan for 32 and Max Magann soon followed for no score to leave Nutbrook 49-2.

A third wicket stand of 71 between Brooks (32) and Henshaw seemed to put Nutbrook in control but with Henshaw on 43 being given out lbw to a ball going well down the leg side, 121-3 soon became 129-7 as a stand of 36 ended with Smith being run out.

Wakefield made a good 32 before being last man out for a good 32 but the 171 all out wasn’t enough and Nutbrook had to make do with seven points.

Nutbrook seconds were at Ambergate who batted first and with skipper Beveage getting 56 not out they managed 174-7, Mark Witham taking 2-47, Matt Noon 1-18, Ben Dawes 1-21, J Toplis 1-10 and JackBrewer 1-54.

Nutbrook lost early wickets but a stand btween C Wilson (22) and Lewis Haywood (32) kept the innings going and Ben Dawes (45) joined Haywood and they got the total to 166-9 to seal a draw, just 11 runs short at the close.

Nutbrook thirds faced South Wingfield third at Clay Cross in Division Nine North.

Batting first, Nutbrook were 40-4 when skipper Gary Woods joined Rob Gilbert who got 38 before young Joe Taylor (21) and Woods put on a big stand, the latter blasting 14 sixes in a score of 172 not out as the thirds totalled 272.

This proved too much for South Wingfield who fought hard but were never going to get near their target and they finished on 157-5 to at least earn a losing draw.