McIver hits another century but Nutbrook hold out for draw

Jack McIver struck his third century of the season for Ambergate but they had to be content with just a winning draw after being frustrated by Nutbrook on Saturday.

Ambergate won the toss and opted to bat first, the openers McIver and Chris Whiteley putting on 41 before Whiteley was out for 22, caught by Chris Palfreyman off danny Brooks’ bowling.

Young spinner Harry Duckles turned the match in Nutbrook’s favour with four wickets in three overs to leave Ambergate struggling at 71-5 in the 19th over.

But a fine sixth wickets tand of 130 between McIver and Shazad Ahmed ended when McIver was caught by Harry Cook off the bowling of Max Magann for 103, Ahmed following soon afterwards for 55 as Ambergate were all out for 219 in the final over.

Ambergate’s attempts to win the game in the field got off to a good start as Palfreyman was bowled out by Phil Mason to leave Nutbrook 5-1 and Brooks was next out for 16, the catch taken by Whiteley off Matt Ball’s bowling.

The score of 45-2 then became 70-6 in the 21st over with another wicket for Ball and three for Josh Nicholas, all clean bowled.

But a seventh wicket stand of 77 would save the game for Nutbrook and leave Ambergate frustrated, Magann finishing not out on 71 and Harry Cook, who had earlier taken four catches, proving to be a nemesis for the hosts with the bat too to end unbeaten on 28.