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First game of the season against Leicester Teachers

Leicester Teachers 288 for 7 wickets (Mohammad 100, Paul Higham 4 for 38)

Newbold 182 for 6 (Hugh Evans 50 not out, Tom Dell 50).

Newbold entertained their traditional early season opponents Leicester Teachers at a sunbathed, if rather windy Perkfield Road on Sunday .

The visitors won the toss, and ex Glamorgan seconds opening bat Zaheer Mohammad mercilessly put the home side opening bowlers to the sword, in depatching anything slightly off line from the bat at a high velocity. He featured in a mammoth opening stand of 140 , before falling to Moneeb Razak , who gamefully bowled into the wind and thoroughly deserved his prized wicket. Evergreen old campaigner Dave Cheney was the most economical of the Newbold bowlers, and would certainly have added to his one wicket tally, had not at least four catches been spilt, although it should be added not all of his bowling.

In terms of statistics young Paul Higham claimed by far the best return with his 4 for 38 , but both Pritpal Virdee and Muktar Mohammad stuck gamefully to their task, and once Mohammad had departed the crease the whole bowling unit always looked more threatening. At tea they had collectively claimed 7 wickets with the scoreboard displaying 288 runs. Tom Dell picking up the seventh wicket to fall.

Newbold initially sent in young players Matt Staley and Tim Radburn to the crease in reply to the large target, and this pair put on a creditable opening partnership of 36 befdore both fell at the same score of 15. Three further wickets soon fell and set Newboldvery much on the back foot and well behind the then considerable asking rate. At 59 for 5 with half the side out youth team all rounder Tom Dell joined his veteran skipper Hugh Evans at the crease, they managed to add their own century partnership brefore Dell perished to a catch at mid on , but not before he had notched up his first ever senior team half century. The innings closed on 182 for 6 with Evans having contributed 50 not out.

With only four experienced players , and seven under twenties in the side , the Bold did not disgrace themselves, and this continued learning process will stand these young players in good stead for the future.