Three-point award stumps Old Boys skipper

OLD Boys co-captain Simon Norvill was already shaking his head after his side went down to City United by one wicket on Saturday night.

When he found out he had received three best and fairest points from the umpires he was shaking it again.

There was no doubting the skipper’s figures from the game.

He scored 21 with the bat, which was Old Boys’ top score in a low total of 101, and he took 4-16 from eight overs.

But his side still didn’t get the win and he didn’t think anyone in blue deserved the three points.

Two points went to City all-rounder Simon Toyer, who missed out with the bat but claimed 4-10 with the ball and took a blinder in the field at backward point.

The one point went to a bemused Aaron Hazlewood, who bowled well for Old Boys but only took one wicket.

He was “embarrassed” by the point and asked if he could pass it on to opening partner Will Howard, who took 4-35.

City first change paceman Aaron Dennis and batsman Michael Bellamy can feel unlucky not to feature in the point allocations.

Dennis was a standout with 3-15 from his eight overs.

While Toyer might have finished with better figures, Dennis had the greater impact on the game when he removed Ben Middlebrook, Hazlewood and Layne Berry in quick time during the first innings.

Not only that but he joined Bellamy at the crease with City at 9-95 chasing 202 to win and kept the Old Boys bowlers at bay.

He faced 11 balls for just one run but it was a crucial little innings in the scheme of the game.

It allowed Bellamy to hit the winning runs with a boundary and finished with 31 not out.

The win was City’s third for the summer and allows it to close the gap on fourth-placed West Tamworth.

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