Nutbrook back on top of Division Two

Michael Chambers took three wickets for Nutbrook against Walton.
Michael Chambers took three wickets for Nutbrook against Walton.

Nutbrook went back to the top of Division Two after securing a winning draw against visitors Walton-on-Trent on Saturday.

Walton won the toss and asked Nutbrook to bat first on a wicket that was in good condition despite the recent storms.

The ‘Brook started well with Chris Palfreyman and Michael Chambers putting on 77 for the first wicket before Chambers was out for 35, caught off the spin bowling of Phil Preston, and then Ruan Markram quickly followed, also to the bowling of Preston.

When Palfreyman was bowled by Campion for 25 an over later Nutbrook had severly wobbled but a fourth wicket stand of 47 between Tom Bentley and Rich Henshaw steadied the ship.

Bentley was out in the 30th over when caught off Campion’s bowling for 25, but a fifth wicket stand of 57 between skipper Steve Sanderson and Henshaw took the score to 182-5 in the 40th over before Sanderson was out for 30, Preston’s third victim.

Matt Wakefield joined Henshaw but was bowled by Preston for 8, then Campion came back and got the wickets of Adam Barrett and Henshaw who hit 60.

Further late wickets saw the innings close on 235 all out, Preston with 4-58.

Nutbrook began well with the ball, taking four wickets in the first five overs to leave Walton 19-4.

That became 32-5 before Cosford and Sloan put on 39 for the sixth wicket before Cosford was out for 57 to Henshaw’s spin.

Walton were then 119-8 and a ninth wicket stand of 45 ended with Preston bowled by Markram, but last man Russell joined skipper Oomer (55 not out) and they frustrated Nutbrook who couldn’t get the last wicket, Walton ending on 189-9. Markram took 3-60 and Chambers 3-26 as the ‘Brook took 18 points.

On Sunday, Nutbrook played in the T20 cup competition but after beating Spondon by two runs, they lost out to Duffield in the group final by 56 runs.