Jayes and Evans are in seventh heaven

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By LongEaton People | Wednesday, May 04, 2011, 07:00

GEDLING Colliery and Calverton, two clubs who are expected to be there or thereabouts in the Division B promotion shake-up, met at Mapperley Plains and it was the visitors who just shaded a thrilling encounter.

An unbeaten seventh-wicket stand between Callum Jayes (73*) and Kevin Evans (68*) was the spark behind Calverton’s 226, while in reply 15-year-old Rhys Hayes (83) got his season off to a tremendous start.

Two wickets apiece for Evans and fellow ex-Notts player David Fraser-Darling kept the Gedling innings in check and 18 off the last over proved five too many, even for veteran Baz Bailey (27*) and the excellent Steve Burton (61*).

Although Divisions A, E, J and M do not begin until Saturday, there were still more than 30 games taking place.

Last year’s champions Clifton Village II had much the better of things in their local derby at home to Gotham.

Last season was built around posting huge totals so nothing much has changed with James Taylor (53), Richard Harrison (37), Liam Sanders (32) and Richard McDermott (30) contributing.

Then came the icing on the cake with a bludgeoning 53 from Craig Fairhall which included three maximums as the home side ended on 293.

Gotham, missing the influential Alex Haworth and Brad Moore, were never at the races, hanging on at 128-8 with young Bradley North (38) impressing.

Relegated Gedling and Sherwood finally had something to smile about with a winning draw at Eastwood.

The visitors posted 246 with Kirsten Cowlishaw (77), debutant Matt Oliver (48) and Alex Norton (33) in the runs. Eastwood set off with good intentions but did well to finish on 214-7 after being 38-3 and 116-5, with Neil Gregory (37*) and Steven Leese (44) contributing in the middle order.

Plumtree II had a perfect start at newly-promoted Collingham (183) who had returnees Joe Edge (38) and Ben Hazzledine (28) making starts.

For Plumtree, Alex Sherriston (5-59) carried on from where he left off from last season, while there were a couple of wickets apiece for first-teamers Scott Bailey and Ben Thompson.

Collingham’s total was just about par but a first-wicket stand of 160 between skipper Paul White (86) and Ben Storey (83*) soon put the game to bed.

Long Eaton would have had high hopes of beginning with a win against West Bridgfordians. The home side managed 167 with Andy Edge (79) top-scoring and two wickets for Ryan Cuthbert left the visitors struggling on 27-3 in reply. However, that was as good as it got for Long Eaton with Andy Sharpe (70*) and Jason Koriya (57*) ensuring no further alarms.

In Division C, Hoveringham’s quest for a ninth successive promotion began with a victory at Wilsons, who have endured a traumatic pre-season. The losers posted 124 with Scott Shore (4-23) taking the plaudits. Hoveringham’s reply was not without its setbacks but the key men of 2010, Shaun Polley (59*) and Ben Lee (35) saw them home with five wickets remaining.

Thirteen-year-old Connor Marshall had a senior debut to remember for Radcliffe II at home to Thurgarton. First he took six wickets, and then with his side 77-6 in pursuit of 190, he shared a match-winning partnership with 17-year-old Jordan Harbottle (73). Marshall’s own contribution was a vital 26 as the hosts squeezed home by two wickets.

After three seasons of struggle, a strong Kimberley II side brushed aside Gedling Colliery II at Newdigate Street.

Gedling made 197 with Chris Berry passing fifty but there were decent performances with the ball from Ian Wright (4-55) and teenager Alex Beale (3-27).

The total proved no problems for Ryan Buckley (104*) and long-serving Mick Blatherwick (52) as victory was achieved in just 34 overs.

Unfortunately for Attenborough II, Karl Glendenning dropped down to Wollaton seconds and made an excellent 110. Sunil Shrestha (61) was also in the runs as the innings closed on 268. The home side were never in the hunt and finished some distance short on 175 despite an unbeaten 64 from Sam Clulow.

After three successive relegations, Keyworth (232) were thankful of a win at home to Nuthall in Division D.

Geoff Tindsley (82) and Richard Drury (67) set the tone early on and this was capped off by 37 in 19 balls from Rob Baker. Nuthall had one batsman unable to take to the crease due to injury, however it mattered little as Steve Rendu (6-24) blew them away with the losers collapsing to 65 all out.

After a winless 2010, Eastwood II were victorious at the first attempt in Division F at Stanton-by-Dale.

Mark Stocks (71) and James Marshall (54) shared the honours in the winner’s 209 while James Longden grabbed four wickets in Stanton’s woeful reply of 79.

Ravenshead are another side off and running with a win as five wickets for Numan Shafiq saw Epperstone surrender to 37 all out chasing 177.

Fourteen-year-old Ryan Evans (58) hit the ground running for Calverton II as did James Cairney (52) and Michael Nester (62) in an 82-run success at home to Chilwell (181).

In Division G, Oxton, without the departed Mike Berry and James Crudgington, could only manage 115 at home to Collingham II for whom veteran Ken Stewart (4-11) enjoyed a successful debut. Jeff Kirkham (33*) then used all his experience to see his side through to a five-wicket victory.

In an excellent game at Gotham, Belvoir II managed to defend 131 despite the best efforts of Tim Baker who added an unbeaten 22 to his earlier six-wicket haul.

Kimberley III had the start they wanted in Division J with former second team skipper Steve Bennett striking 84 as they successfully chased down 186 at home to Keyworth II.


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