The new season kicked off on Saturday with all four Saturday sides in action along with the Sunday 1st XI. It was a mixed bag of results with three wins but two defeats for the 1st and 3rd XIs.
The 1st XI faced Wollaton II at Stamford Road and after winning the toss decided to bat first in a game reduced to 42 overs per side.
After hitting two fours, Jon Spragg was the first wicket to fall meaning new skipper John Grimes joined Ally Pettit in the middle. They put on 60 odd for the second wicket before Grimo fell for 18. Ally continued on his merry way assisted by Jon Sheard, before he was adjudged LBW just short of a half century (46). Kwesi Spencer (6) fell soon afterwards meaning Sheard was joined by Alex Sheriston (19*) who stuck around until the end with Jon ending up on 99* as the 1st XI reached a healthy 222-4.
Some good batting from the visitors including three half century makers and some indifferent bowling made sure that the total was not enough. Wollaton got home with 2.3 overs to spare. Chris Navin’s 3-57 the pick of the bowling.
The 2nd XI travelled to Newark R&M for their first game and came away with a victory. Batting first the 2s made 157 off their allotted overs with Ian Huskinson making 63. In reply the home side could only manage 136 despite some lower order biffing. Seb Hopkins with the pick of the figures, 5-32.
The 3rd XI entertained Woodborough at Adbolton Lane and restricted the visitors to 162-6 off 40 overs. Ben Currie the pick of the bowling with 3-32. In reply the 3s fell short by 9 runs despite an excellent start from Lloyd Marchant (34) and Stuart Clark (63), with the middle order unable to push on due to some tight bowling from Woodborough.
The 4s made the short trip to West Park to take on the Legion. Having put the opposition in to bat the 4s found the Legion’s openers stubborn s they amassed a century partnership but a first senior wicket for Will Cherry saw their progress waiver as they finished their 40 overs on 189-5. The 4s made slow progress until U13s wicketkeeper Alex Winiarski (on debut) and Naser Hussain got together and saw the 4s past the post with 5 overs to spare, Alex making 41* and Naser 49*.
The Sunday 1st XI won their first game of the season at home to Gedling Colliery. Their total of 161, mainly thanks to Ant Hart’s 77, didn’t look enough, but Sherro’s 4-18 saw the visitors fall 28 runs short of their total.