Winning draw for Newbold cricketers over league leaders

An eagerly anticipated clash with table-topping Copsewood WIW II ended in a winning draw for an in form Newbold side.


Winning the toss and electing to bat first, Newbold were rocked by losing a wicket to the first legal ball of the match. However, Dan Siddons and Will Dudgeon set about repairing the damage in the face of accurate and hostile bowling.

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After Dudgeon was dismissed for a fine 48, Siddons was joined at the crease by Paul Evans who rolled back the years with a cultured 56. Acting skipper Siddons was eventually dismissed for an excellent 69; after which Newbold’s middle order collapsed to 213 all out.

In reply, Copsewood’s dangerous batsmen showed a willingness to chase down the total but lost wickets at regular intervals. Will Dudgeon capped a fine match with 4-36, Dave Cheney took 2-39 – aided by two fine catches by Roger Weddell – and Gavin Campbell, Kev Lee and Dan Siddons all taking a wicket.

For the second week running, Newbold were unable to take the final wicket which would have given them a deserved victory as Copsewood held on at 179-9 to draw the game.