Nocton v North Scarle, August 20th 2017
"Last Sunday the village cricket club played their last home game of the season against North Scarle. There are still four games to be played and Nocton are still in the running for a high final place in Division 2 of the Lincoln League. More of this in a later Blog – so long as Geoff doesn’t mind!
Nocton won the toss and decided to field first – a decision that didn’t seem too wise as North Scarle’s innings approached 60 without loss thanks to solid batting by Charlie Dixon (42) and Chris Geeson (22). At the point our captain Dylan Garfoot decided to have a bowl himself. So far this season Dylan’s form with the ball hasn’t been a patch on normal but on Sunday afternoon he bowled a devastating spell of 4 overs, taking 7 wickets for just 3 runs. Twice he was on a hat trick but he wasn’t able to take the third wicket to complete this feat. Batting at number 8 for North Scarle was Richard Foster who was the only other batsman to offer any resistance. He had made 17, including a six and two fours, when he thumped a ball from Dylan really hard. Everyone expected another boundary but Mikey Atkinson dived full length as the ball dipped and took an astonishing catch. The North Scarle innings folded shortly after at 94 all out.
Mikey has also been in great form with the bat this season. He made 96 last week and followed up this time with an stylish but aggressive 59, including 10 boundaries, which guided Nocton to within a whisker of a comfortable 7 wicket win. When he was bowled out Nocton needed just 9 runs to win and Dylan took just 3 scoring strokes to get them; two bludgeoned boundaries followed by a cheeky little flick over the wicketkeeper’s head for the winning run. This leaves Nocton third in Division two, only 6 points behind second placed Billingborough but with a game in hand."
Many thanks to Jonathan Sides for the report and photographs
Plate 1 - Dylan in action taking one
of his 7 wickets
Plate 2 - Paul Carrott, steady as ever,
pushes the ball into the covers
Plate 3 - Mikey Atkinson drives a boundary
through the covers
|Plate 4 - Oops, a close call for Paul!|
|Plate 5 - Mikey looking determined|
|Plate 6 - Another 4 behind square leg|
|Plate 7 - Go and find that!|
|Plate 8 - A confident reverse sweep|
|Plate 9 - Dylan chips the winning run|