Nicholls' Maiden League Ton Sets Up Comfortable Victory

May 23rd, 2015

Campden made it 3 wins from 3 in the league with a comfortable away victory at Temple Grafton.

Home skipper Tom Benjamin inserted Campden on a typically good Temple Grafton wicket. James Lindner and Sam Nicholls saw off the new ball with an accomplished 50 partnership off just over 12 overs. However this positive start was soon shattered as the Holt brothers claimed the wickets of Lindner for 23 followed by Guy Nicholls and Jack Groves both for 0. At drinks Campden found themselves 81-3 off 24 overs - a long way short of a respectable total at this small ground.

After drinks Sam Nicholls batted superbly, dramatically increasing his strike rate. He ended 129 not out included 10 fours and 9 sixes and was well supported by Dan Moore 33 and Ian Harrison 28 but unfortunately there were another 2 players who scored 0 - Joe Cafearo and Richard Lewis. For Grafton Jon Holt was the pick of the bowlers only conceding 22 runs from his 10 overs.

In reply Grafton got off to a good start with some lusty blows from Tom Benjamin and Simon Kirk, but with Jack Groves bowling, the required rate increased and a Campden victory never seemed in doubt. Jack Groves had the best figures of 10-3-24-4 but younger brother Sam’s pace had the experienced Kirk troubled and he claimed this valuable wicket conceding only 13 runs in his 6 overs. Dan Moore quickly polished off the long Grafton tail claiming 3-16. Grafton’s last 7 batsman only contributed 9 runs between them.

Grafton ended up 114 all out meaning Campden’s margin of victory was 129 runs. Hopefully the first of many League hundreds for Sam Nicholls….

By Richard Grey.

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