Cricket – Nutley 147 for 8 beat Blackboys 146

Warren Freer

Final ball victory for Nutley.

A low scoring top of the table clash was always going to see runs hard to come by on a very wet wicket and a heavy downpour after the toss which delayed the start added to the dificulties. However, once under way and following two more short rain stoppages the match developed into the tight affair that usually occurs between two teams that know each other well.

Batting first, Blackboys made a cautious but positive start before Warren Freer (2/26) removed both openers. The visiting batsmen then became bogged down in more ways than one against the miserly Paul Carter (1/17 from 9 overs) and Alan Poulter (4/14 from 7.4 overs) they had to fight for every run.

Chris Turner (32) and Nick Rogers (29) worked hard to get the score moving before Oskar Ainley (2/48) took two wickets in an over and turn the match slightly in Nutley’s favour as Poulter cleaned up the tail to see Blackboys all out for 146 which was a good effort give the conditions.

In reply Nutley slipped to 27 for 4 and the match towards Blackboys as the wily old John Britton (2/15) and in form Chris Turner (2/20) ensured that the hosts would would have to fight hard for their runs too. The experienced Nick Avis (25) patiently held the innings together as Ainley blasted a quickfire 32 and Poulter (20) took the initiative back from the bowlers before both were removed by Sam Telford (2/38). Britton finally removed Avis to leave Nutley teetering on 125 for 8 before Freer (12no) and Luke Parsons (15no) took the scores level with one ball remaining and the final twist. Freer swings and misses, keeper throws at the stumps and misses and Parsons is like a hare down the wicket to see Nutley to victory and stay top of the league.

Next week Nutley visit Kerala Strikers in Hastings

Match scorecard

Alan Poulter

A very patient Nick Avis