Determined Nomansland see out victory

First published in Headlines Salisbury Journal: Photograph of the Author by , Head of Sport

IN a match that ebbed and flowed throughout, Nomansland eventually picked up a good win on Saturday.

They lost the toss and were invited to take first knock on a track that was dampened by the heavy overnight rain.

Sam Dempster and Darren Grayer started at a good rate and 50 was on the board in the tenth over.

Dempster in particular looked in good touch and it was something of a surprise when he was out in the 13th over for a fluent 46.

Carl Mason added a brisk dozen, but two wickets in two balls with the score on 99 put a brake on things.

Grayer was out for 37 with the score on 126 (Jason King 12) and this sparked a dramatic collapse as the visitors became becalmed.

In an amazing spell of play, Nomansland lost six wickets for five runs in 13 overs, leaving them tottering at 131-9.

A vital last wicket stand of 36 between Gary Loveless (28 not out) and youngster Angus McMahon (6), then saw Nomansland to 167 all out at tea.

All of the Calmore bowlers performed well with Ryan Lomax the pick with 3-30.

Terry Harrison and Jason King hit a good line from the off and put the Calmore batters under pressure.

The bowling was backed up by some excellent fielding, highlighted by a brilliant pick up and direct throwdown |of the stumps by Jack Toomer. The pair finished their spells each with two wickets, for 24 and 28 respectively.

Wickets continued to fall as the change bowlers Grayer and Dempster came on.

Four of the Calmore top seven reached double figures but they slipped to 99-9 before the last pair got together and batted superbly to threaten the Nomansland score.

Harry Morgan (36 no) and Liam Bridle added 45 before Bridle was caught by King at short cover for seven.

Grayer picked up 4-50 including a tremendous catch off his own bowling, and Dempster 1-37.

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