Cricket: Big hitting takes Spital to the top

NDET 28-4-13 MC 3'Rain halts play at Holmewood Cricket Club on Saturday
NDET 28-4-13 MC 3'Rain halts play at Holmewood Cricket Club on Saturday

Spital reach their centenary this year and it could be a double celebration, following a large points haul on Sunday against Frecheville to put them in the race for promotion to the Mansfield and District Premier League.

After winning the toss, skipper Tobias Blair had no hesitation in electing to bat.

Openers Slater and Keshwala made a tentative start and with the score on 30, Slater played all around a quicker delivery from Cornthwaite and was bowled for 12.

Danny Ashley joined Keshwala and the two left handers initially kept the scoreboard ticking over.

A large score looked a realistic possibility, however, the Frecheville bowlers took the upper hand and restricted Ashley and Keshwala in their quest for quick runs.

Keshwala was caught on the boundary by Kempton from the bowling of Wood for 64 and Kempton took two quick wickets as Badger (two) and Taylor (three) were on their way back to the pavilion.

Spital had reached 139 and only 12 overs remained. Gavin Horton joined Ashley and the Spital innings gained momentum.

Horton and Ashley both reached their 50. With Ashley on 64, he became Cornthwaite’s second victim. Horton went into overdrive and scored eight sixes in an unbeaten 75 as the Spital innings closed on 250 for 5 with skipper Blair unbeaten on 15.

In reply, Spital got an early breakthrough when Badger had Ramsden caught behind by Ashley without scoring.

Badger got a second when Froggatt was stumped for seven and Frechville were struggling at 10-2.

Owen and Kempton restored stability and frustrated Badger and fellow opening bowler Taylor.

Both batsmen scored freely after the bowling change before the unorthodox spin of Chrissy Plant was introduced.

Plant (5-22) bowled a mixture of leg and off breaks and he immediately got a vital breakthrough when Owen was stumped for 65.

Kempton was run out for 64 following some excellent fielding by Keshwala.

Spital were denied an outright victory following some outstanding defensive play by Mines and Wood for Frecheville, who closed on 168 for 8.

Spital’s return of 17 points sees them top the league by one point from Eastwood and a further six points clear of close rivals Ashover.