The opening batsman for Balderton 1sts, Chris Morris, who was caught and bowled on 15. 080717JW3-3
The opening batsman for Balderton 1sts, Chris Morris, who was caught and bowled on 15. 080717JW3-3

A faltering performance by Balderton’s top-order meant they never gained momentum against second-in-the-league Ellerslie in Division A.

Opening batsman Chris Morris was caught and bowled for 15 and captain Chris Dobbie, who replaced him at the crease, was bowled for ten.

As Ellerslie’s Peter Vladev and Hamish Moore tore through the Balderton middle-order, the home side limped to 94-7.

Top-scorer Harry Capstick, batting ninth, posted an unbeaten 23 to increase his side’s total and they finished on 140 for eight.

The wicket was not so fruitful for Balderton’s bowlers and Ellerslie reached 144 with eight wickets to spare.

Opener Ian Sellers, who was bowled for ten, batting for Balderton 1sts in the defeat to Ellerslie 1sts. 080717JW3-5
Opener Ian Sellers, who was bowled for ten, batting for Balderton 1sts in the defeat to Ellerslie 1sts. 080717JW3-5

Balderton captain Dobbie said: “It was a very disappointing performance from us.

“There are very important games coming up against teams around us. We will have to improve but the games are winnable so it’s vital we stick together and collect the maximum points we can over the next few weeks to stay out of the relegation scrap.”

Josh Tranter hit a half-century, but it wasn’t enough as Balderton 2nds lost by three wickets to Carrington 3rds.

Carrington amassed 255 runs for the loss of seven wickets.

Asim Wahid frustrated Balderton’s reply as he took five wickets for 53 runs.

Visitors Balderton, third-from-bottom of Division G, were dismissed for 134.

Collingham 1sts (145-4) won by six wickets at Plumtree 2nds (144-8)

All-rounders Alex Menz-hausen and David Pipes took eight wickets between them as they made short work of the Plumtree batting order to give their side a six-wicket win.

Collingham won the toss and chose to put their hosts, who are struggling in Division A, in to bat on a dry, dusty wicket.

Opening batsmen Nigel Finney and Ben Lumb reached 44 before Finney was caught and bowled by spinner Menzhausen.

Lumb soon followed, caught by Jonathan Todd, and the side collapsed to 79-7. They eventually reached 144 for eight.

In reply, Collingham’s opening batsman Jack Copley was bowled for ten.

However, Menzhausen (12) and Fahad Ul Haq (29) steadied the ship and by the time Ul Haq was caught and bowled his side were on 81 for three.

Unbeaten totals of 27 by Will Cousins and 30 by Josh Sugden helped Collingham over the line as they reached 145-4.

Harry Sheppard, of Colling-ham, said: “It kept us up there and kept us in the race for promotion.

“We didn’t start too well but we put Alex Menzhausen on and he changed the game.

“Pipes chipped in as well and by that point they were on 93-8 with about ten overs to go.

“We always knew we were on top — unfortunately we couldn’t bowl them out but we still got 20 points in the end.”

An unbeaten half-century by Adrian Kitchen helped Collingham 2nds to an 18-run victory over Gedling Colliery 2nds in Division D.

Opening batsman David Dakin posted 33 runs but the rest of top-order faltered.

It was up to Kitchen (51) batting seventh, and Andrew Shaw (22) at eight, to boost their total to 199 for nine.

Gedling’s opening batsman, Tom Coffey reached 85 before he was bowled by Gary Clark as his side could only reach 181 for eight.

Josh Wheldon took three for 21 runs for Collingham 3rds as they beat Caythorpe 4ths by five wickets.

Charlie Fisher posted an unbeaten 22 for Collingham as his side reached 153 for five.

Caythorpe could only muster 150-8 in response, despite a half-century by Simon Park.

Southwell 1sts (228 all out) lost by two wickets against Calverton 1sts (234-8)

Three half-centuries salvaged an innings beset by the loss of two early wickets but it wasn’t enough to stop Southwell dropping into the relegation zone in Division B.

Batting first, Southwell got off to bad start as John Richardson was out for four and Tim Green was bowled for a duck, leaving them on 4-2.

Mohan Pharate (51) and Chris Miller (55) steadied the ship and by the time captain Joe Fryer was caught and bowled for 13 his side had recovered to 122 for four.

A quick half-century by Nathan Burton (62) off 30 balls, including six fours and three sixes, helped increase the total further and they were eventually dismissed for 228.

Calverton’s reply began disastrously as opening batsman Billy Bennett was caught for a duck by Fryer off the first ball, bowled by Dan Sprawson.

However, Southwell were made to wait a long time for their next wicket.

Despite the efforts of David Rimmer, who took three wickets for 74 runs, Calverton continued to increase their total.

Derek Pickering, defending the last wicket for Calverton, ended the game in remarkable fashion by hitting a four and two sixes to take his side over the winning line.

Fryer said he was gutted after performing so well against last week’s league leaders Clifton Village and new leaders Calverton, but losing both.

“We batted well and after losing two early wickets, Pharate and Miller put on a good partnership and Miller got 50 quite easily,” he said.

“Dan Sprawson got a wicket with his first ball but then Calverton batted sensibly and put on a couple of good partnerships and we didn’t quite get enough wickets in the end.”

All-rounder Stuart Grimley starred for Southwell 2nds as he made an unbeaten half-century and took eight wickets in a three-wicket defeat of Calverton 2nds in Division H.

Grimley scored 53, Tom Clarke 25 and Roohan Makh-doomi an unbeaten 20 as Southwell made 200 for seven.

Grimley’s eight wickets for 16 runs helped dismiss Calverton for 112.

Farndon 1sts (208-5) won by five wickets against Gotham Village 1sts (207-5)

Relegation-threatened Farndon picked up a vital 20 points to improve their standing in Division C with a five-wicket win over Gotham.

Farndon won the toss and chose to field where John Esam was top performer, taking three wickets for 50 runs.

Harry Robinson bowled 12 overs on his first appearance for the club and while he did not take any wickets he restricted Gotham to 52 runs.

Gotham opener Paul Blath-erwick made 87 before he was stumped by Andy Duckmanton. His side reached 207-5.

In reply, Duckmanton made 37 and Daniel Hubbard made 39 as a good team performance saw them reach 208 for the loss of five wickets.

Captain Mark Everington said: “We bowled really well. Robinson bowled well on his first appearance for us.

“We kept it tight and we thought if they posted anything under 250 it would give us a chance of chasing it.

“In the end we managed to keep their total down to 207.

Everington said his side faced a tough test against Carrington on Saturday.

He said: “I feel now we are performing at a level we should be whereas at the start of the season we were losing week after week.”

Newark R&M 1sts (148-5) won by five wickets against Underwood 1sts (147 all out)

A half-century by Steve Kennewell helped Newark R&M achieve an eighth consecutive win at the top of Division E.

Underwood chose to bat but failed to get a single run on the scoreboard in the first eight overs and after 12 overs had only reached eight.

Craig Smithurst and Thomas Chalkley carried their side’s innings as four colleagues were dismissed for a duck and two more were out for one.

Evans took four Underwood wickets, including his catch, and there were three for Kennewell as Newark dismissed them for 147.

Kennewell opened the run-chase strongly as he forged a good partnership with opening partner Matt Evans (29).

The middle order struggled to maintain the momentum but Joe Murphy, batting sixth, picked things up again with an unbeaten 22.

It was enough to reach 148-5 and record an historic eight win out of eight, believed to be a club record.

Captain Harry Atkinson said: “We have got that winning habit now. There were certain games that have been close, which we could have lost in previous seasons, but because we have got used to winning we know what we need to do to win and no one will accept anything less than that.”

Atkinson said he had warned his players not to be complacent.

Promotion-chasing Newark R&M 2nds reached the target set by local rivals Farndon 2nds without losing a wicket.

Farndon, who were put into bat, lost an early wicket when Kian Simpson was bowled for two by Ben Faulkner.

Captain Richard Burroughs fared better with 21 but seven batsmen who followed him failed to reach double figures.

Richard Pinder scored 32 and by the time he was bowled by Tony Simpson Farndon were all out for 93.

In reply, Newark R&M needed just 15 overs to reach the target as captain Jim McKay hit 33 and Peter Litchfield made 52, including nine fours.

Captain Luc Chingell took three wickets for 11 runs for Newark R&M 3rds as they beat top-of-the-table West Bridgford Legion 2nds in Division N by two wickets.

Nine West Bridgford players failed to reach double figures as they struggled to 74-9.

Reuben Straker (33) top-scored for Newark in the reply.