Nutley 129 for 9 beat Kerala Strikers 65
Nutley maintained their unbeaten run with a low scoring but convincing win in Hastings.
Travelling light on bowlers, Nutley avoided a potential ‘banana skin’ thanks mainly to superb performances by the bowlers they had.
Having been asked to bat the visitors made a slow start on a wicket that gave the bowlers a bit and a very slow outfield. Ian Ritchie (37) and Clive Croft (28) batted patiently before wickets started to tumble with Oskar Ainley (13) the only other batsman to make double figures. Strikers used eight bowlers with four of them taking two wickets apiece as Nutley closed on a mediocre 129 for 9.
The Kerala Strikers reply never got going and wickets fell regulary as they failed to apply themselves to the conditions and tried to attack the Nutley bowlers. However Alan Poulter, 5 for 8 from 9 overs and Ainley 2 for 12 from 9 overs ensured that they were always in control and remain at the top of the table.
Next week Nutley host Herstmonceux 2nds
Images and report by Ian Ritchie