Draw for Nutbrook firsts but seconds and thirds win

Nutbrook held on to claim a losing draw from their trip to Staveley on Saturday.

With skipper Steve Sanderson missing, vice-captain Rich Henshaw won the toss and put the hosts into bat, but both Staveley openers were bowled by Darren Hoff inside eight overs to leave them 25-2.

Hoff (2-33) and Max Magann (2 for 55) kept the score down but Staveley steadily reached 63 for 2 at the halfway stage and then 135 for the third wicket before Tom Bullimore was bowled by Magann for 74.

Henshaw caught Clarke for 7 off the bowling of Ben Dawes, before Magann got his second by bowling Gray for 74.

But some lusty blows by C Bullimore gave Staveley a total of 219-5.

Nutbrook started well in reply, openers Danny Brooks and Lewis Haywood putting on 51 before Brooks went lbw and the score was soon 60-3, Butler and Matt Wakefield both out without troubling the scorers.

Haywood was stumpted for 40, but Henshaw’s useful 39 and Chris Palfreyman’s 15 not out helped Nutbrook hold on for the draw.

Nutbrook’s second XI also entertained Staveley CC and recorded a big win.

Nutbrook batted first and with contributions from opener Jonathan Taylor (33) , skipper Mark Witham (36) and Craig Wilson (40 not out) posted 178-7.

In reply Staveley struggled with opening bowler Kevin Flewitt (4-36) taking care of the Staveley top order, and young spinner Harry Duckles with 4-28.

Staveley slumped to 84 all out and Nutbrook had comfortably claimed the points.

Nutbrook 3rds welcomed Holmewood.

Nutbrook batted first with a half century opening partnership from skipper Gary Woods (35) and James Woods (38) setting them well on their way.

Young batsman Alistair Hodgkinson top scored with 46 as Nutbrook posted 225-6.

In reply, Holmewood made 202 all out, Rob Gilbert’s 4-44 James Toplis’s 3-55 the pick of the Nutbrook attack as they ran out winners.