Alconbury Continue Winning Form
Alconbury's Rutland XI made it 2 from 2 with a comfortable win over Nassington.
Alconbury’s Rutland XI continued their winning streak in the 2017 season with a comfortable victory at home to Nassington.
Winning the toss, Alconbury decided to have a bowl in overcast and blustery conditions.
The decision to bowl first payed dividends, with opening bowler Aaron dismissing Nassington opener David Lovelock for a duck with just the third ball of the innings.
Aaron’s dominance with the ball continued as he then removed Keith Markham for 5, courtesy of a fine one-handed catch at gulley from Sam.
The Nassington batting line-up failed to get going after that, with Charlie notching two wickets in the column (Asif Ali was caught by captain King for 1, showing that his hands aren’t made of butter after the Long Sutton win the week before, and then trapping Will de Capel Brooke for a duck.) Charlie finished with very respectable figures of 2-5 off 7.
Nassington’s other opener Yasser Qayum provided some resistance to the Alconbury bowling attack, and made the only real score; a well-constructed 61. Qayum eventually fell, holing out to Aaron off the bowling of Riaz.
Captain King then turned his arm over, proving effective by bowling Nick Martin for a duck.
Riaz then proved his worth in the field, with a superb run out to remove Callum Brownlie for 1.
Nassington skipper Bill Taylor blocked out a fair number of overs, and nearly saw out the entire innings, were it not for Cav.
Cav started off by bowling Vish Patel for 8, and then wrapped up the innings with one and a half overs to spare, dismissing Taylor for a stubborn 31 and ensuring the maximum bowling points for Alconbury.
The only bowler not to be amongst the wickets was Dominic, who was bitterly disappointed with the way he bowled and the catch that should’ve been taken if the fielder was a bit more awake.
With 135 to win, Alconbury went into bat with Riaz and Fiaz opening. Fiaz, coming into bat of the back of a brilliant 67 last week, was brimming with confidence and wasted no time in chasing down the target. Riaz, however, fell early doors for 1.
Syd, in at 3, joined Fiaz in ensuring the run chase was over quickly. Syd played some lovely shots but eventually fell for 35, with the ball coming off his pads and onto the stumps.
Tom came and Tom went, contributing 3 to the total before being bowled by Will de Capel Brooke.
Fiaz then eventually fell for 59, being caught by Asif Ali off the bowling of David Lovelock, but ensuring another top score for the side and putting Alconbury firmly within reach of another win.
Sam and Charlie then saw Alconbury home; Charlie with 2 but Sam with 20 and finishing the game off in the 28th over with a couple of lovely 4s.
The result puts Alconbury top of the tree, 13 points clear of second place Market Overton, and have only dropped a single batting point in 2 games.
Lots of positives to take from the game, including the fact there were no fines for the pot.
Next up- Ramsey away.