Nutbrook struggle but the weather helps out

Nutbrook ultimately had the rain to thank at Ockbrook & Borrowash on Saturday as their match was abandoned with defeat on the horizon.

Ockbrook batted first and Nutbrook had newcomers Darren Hoff and Aussie Max Magann share the new ball.

Magann removed opener Johnny Owen to get Nutbrook off to a good start, but Ockbrook recovered through Tom Brandrick, Ian Darlington and skipper Dave Hallack who got a very quick 87.

Nutbrook were let down by the spin of Alex Brooks and Alex Butler who gave away 50 runs in only two overs each.

Magann with 4-61, Matt Wakefield 2-39 and Daniel Brooks 1-33 chipped in, while Hoff’s 14 overs only cost 37 runs.

Nutbrook got off to a bad start in reply with Ben Eaton and Dan Lever both out for ducks.

Richard Henshaw and Wakefield then steadied the innings but Henshaw got a gem of a ball to be caught behind for eight.

Lewis Haywood then joined Wakefield but two balls later was back in the pavilion without scoring.

Wakefield and Magann put on a stand of 35 before the former was out for 40, while skipper Steve Sanderson hit a quick 28.

With 17 overs to be bowled in the last hour or so Butler took no chances and helped Nutbrook to 11 points from the abandoned game.

Nutbrook 2nd XI travelled to Wirksworth and Middleton CC and batted first in a rain affected innings.

Johnny Taylor 39 top scored for the visitors as they made their way to a modest total of 157 all out.

In reply there was a good bowling display from Nutbrook with Kevin Flewitt (3-29) and Ben Dawes (3-24) the pick of the bowlers as they kept Nutbrook in the match till late on.

Eventually though Wirksworth emerged as winners, finishing on 160-7.

Nutbrook 3rds visited Duffield CC with the home side batting first and reaching 226-7.

In another rain-affected match, excellent innings from Gary Whitehead (51 not out) and Alistair Hodgkinson (45 not out) saw Nutbrook finishing on 111-2 before the game was abandoned.