Thursday, 26 May 2016

Nocton Cricket Club - Match Report

Nocton CC v Hykeham - Sunday 22nd May 2016

Nocton won by 7 wickets

Last Thursday’s weather forecast promised non-stop rain for our area on Sunday so pitch preparation was made with no confidence at all. In the event it was a beautiful afternoon, Nocton won the toss and decided to bowl first. We have a pretty impressive record against Hykeham but the start we made in this game caught a lot of us by surprise – especially me! I turned up at 2.15 to start taking photographs and analysing the match. When I arrived Hykeham were already 10 for 4 thanks to Mikey Atkinson’s aggressive bowling and 2 run outs by Miles Lynch and Isaac Appleyard. No batter from the visiting team had the chance to settle in and runs were very slow coming as the Nocton fielders were really sharp. Nearly all the bowlers chipped in with a wicket but Paul Carrott, bowling his off breaks as third change, bowled an excellent line and really turned the ball as well taking 3 wickets in just 11 balls. In less than 24 overs Hykeham were all out for just 43 runs. Both teams had a very early tea!!

Skipper Dylan Garfoot changed the Nocton batting order quite a bit to give some of the others a chance to bat but a target of 44 was never going to be difficult and Mikey Atkinson was the only batter to make double figures (12*) in the whole game. He hit the winning runs to end the game with Nocton at 44-3 after just 9 overs. So, after winning all three of their cup matches Nocton are in the semi-finals on the Major Hoult Cup for the first time in … well, ages! Not sure who we’ll be playing against but it will be an away game on July 10th. There are no matches now for 2 weeks then we have 3 home games in a row on June 19th, 26th and July 3rd against Ancaster, Reepham and Horncastle respectively.

You may find Nocton players and committee members trying to sell you raffle tickets in the next month. This will be our main fund raiser of the year and we certainly need all the financial help we can get so please support the club by buying a ticket or two (or more!).

Report and photographs courtesy of Jonathan Sides

Plate 1 - The bails fly as Rob Appleyard bowls Ciaran Elliott of Hykeham

Plate 2 - Nocton close fielders looking sharp

Plate 3 - Jordan Brown mishits a ball from Paul Carrott. It went a long way up…

Plate 4 - ...and came down into the safe hands of Miles Lynch

Plate 5 - An amusing moment between Dylan and Miles

Plate 6 - Mikey Atkinson leading the Nocton batters
towards a comfortable victory

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Nocton Club - EGM

Notice of Extraordinary General Meeting

Notice is hereby given that an extraordinary general meeting of Nocton Social club will be held at the Social Club High Street Nocton on 16th June 2016 at 7pm prompt for the purpose of considering and if thought fit passing the following resolutions:

Resolution 1
To consider and approve a change in the clubs opening hours.

Resolution 2
To consider and approve the issue of membership cards.

The meeting is open to members with full voting rights.

The Committee
Nocton Social Club
High Street

Monday, 23 May 2016

Sowerby Homes - Nocton Park

Road surfacing work

The Phase 3 development is progressing well, as is the work in resurfacing Wegberg Road leading into the development.

Wegberg Road - final kerbing work

Khormaksar Drive junction with Wegberg Road

Wegberg Road

Phase 3 development

If you compare the images from the last blog dated 1st May 2016, you can clearly see progress. I'm sure the residents of Wegsberg Road, particularly those near to the new development, are breathing a sigh of relief. However, the residents of Nocton Park Road will have to wait a little longer before a top surface is finally laid.

Hopefully 2016 will see the conclusion of the Sowerby Homes development, finalising all construction work on Nocton Park. This still leaves a burning question about what will happen with the construction compound at the entrance to the village. It would be excellent if this could also be cleared and landscaped.

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Superfast broadband - update


'Delayed cabinets

Metheringham 3/2 (Nocton) - needs a new shell, job requires site meeting to determine if re-location is required. Notice has been given to carry out civil engineering at site.'

My last blog on this matter was dated 14th May 2016.

Update from Steve Brookes

The latest email dated 20th May 2016:

'Good Morning Geoff,

We have spoken with BT re. the Ofcom view and are awaiting their response. As soon as it lands, I will let you know.

In the interim, we are having to move the existing cabinet shell from its current location to give us greater space to work. This is hampered by the proximity to the adjacent building's foundations, but Highways have given permission for this to go ahead on Tuesday.


Update from Breige Young [BT Consumer Executive Level Complaints]

The latest email dated 20th May 2016:

'Hi Geoff

I just wanted to let you know that unfortunately I haven’t heard back from our suppliers yet.

I’ll let you know as soon as I do, and I’ll be in touch again on Friday 27th May at the very latest.

Many thanks

I know BT broadband can be infuriating - and I'm the boss of BT

'So what is BT doing to improve the situation?'