Featured News | 25th April 2010
Mansfield Hosiery Mills (204-8) beat Notts Academy (187) by 17 runs
The Notts batsman then had a torrid baptism in this Premier League match as Kieron Garside ripped the heart out of the batting order with a spell of 5-27 as they slipped to defeat in their first match at this level. Garside got the ball to nip about as the batsmen were caught by the keeper or the slips.
The glorious uncertainty of cricket was never more evident as in this match at the Fieldings however Jake Ball and Hassan Azad shared a fruitful partnership to put Notts back in contention before the home side fought back.
Ball was the dominant partner has he took the attack to the bowlers after Garside and Ludlam had been rested. He reached his fifty from 43 balls with eight fours and a six with an array of shots.
Hassan Azad ably supported him quietly gathering singles interspersed with the odd boundary. Ball continued his assault hitting a further 34 in boundaries including three big sixes to take Notts to within 22 of victory when he tried to pull the recalled Garside through mid wicket only to lob a skier to the Hosiery Mills skipper Jayasinghe.
Ball fell two short of a well deserved 100 and the pair had added 142 in thirty overs.
The Academy put the home side into bat and must have been fairly satisfied to have restricted them side to 204-8 from their fifty overs on what seemed to be a decent batting pitch. Ball bowled well in taking 3-48 from 14 overs, assisted by Dan Cumming, Adam Shepherd, Ben McGuire and Scott Elstone who all took a wicket apiece.
The fielding was sharp and Sam Wood took two excellent catches and was instrumental in a run out. For the home side New scored 63 and Curtis 48.
When Adam Shepherd was out to the other opening bowler the score stood at a miserly 41-7
Azad tried to keep Notts hopes of victory alive but he was sent back when trying to steal a quick single and was run out for a well played 52.