‘Brook keep pressure on with draw at Sawley

Michael Chambers hit a half century for Nutbrook on Saturday.
Michael Chambers hit a half century for Nutbrook on Saturday.

Nutbrook travelled to Sawley for their Division Two fixture and remain unbeaten and in second place with a game in hand.

After being asked to bat, Nutbrook’s openers Michael Chambers and Chris Palfreyman made a solid start taking the score to 50 before Palfreyman was caught for 17.

Ruan Markram and Chambers took the score to 80 before Markram was caught for a brisk 18, then Tom Bentley, was caught at the second attempt by Gondal and a mix-up in running left the in-form Henshaw stranded and run out by miles.

Chambers was holding the innings together with a classy 50 until he was caught on the boundary for 53.

With the innings stalling it was left to Adam Barrett to marshal the lower order to a respectful 193-9 on a worsening wicket.

Sawley’s innings started in poor style when Bentley clean bowled the opener in the fourth over, Sawley then taking control to move to 80-1.

Nutbrook captain Steve Sanderson turned to the spin twins, 16-year-old Harry Duckles and leg spinner Henshaw, who for the next 28 overs bamboozled the Sawley batsmen with quality bowling and excellent fielding

After Duckles and Henshaw struck to remove the opener and number three there was only going to be one winner with Sawley happy to bat out time, Duckles picking up 5-35 and Henshaw 2-37.

But Sawley held on and the innings fizzled out with them ending on 147-8 off 46 overs.