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Cuckney Hammer Cavs To Open Up Title Race

23rd July 2018

Round 15 of the Owzat-Cricket Nottinghamshire Premier League was a day for oddities.

Paul Chapman writes, That leaders Cavaliers & Carrington should lose to Cuckney may not have been all that odd, the manner of it however might just qualify.  The home side won the toss and opted to bat first.  It was a 41 over slog that saw just three men reach double figures.  88 all out was something of a recovery from 13 for four as Jack Cattrall claimed four for 23 and Jonathan Ball three for 21.  Cavs then reduced Cuckney to 3 for two in reply but with Will Butler scoring an unbeaten 52 in a stand of 53 with Tom Ullyott as the defending champions romped to a seven wicket win inside 23 overs.

 

Kimberley Institute took full advantage of the Cavs slip up to open up a 17 point lead at the top of the table.  The visiting Caythorpe skipper invited Kimberley to bat after winning the toss, only for carnage to ensue.  Mark Footitt blasted 49 from 18 balls in a 54-run opening stand with Archie Moore. Caythorpe battled back to make the score 96 for three, but from there BroJo took over the show.  Dominic Brown and Sam Johnson set a new Notts Premier League record for a 4th wicket partnership, putting on 243 as they flayed Caythorpe’s bowlers to all corners of the 2bm Ground. After both had reached centuries, Brown was eventually dismissed for 115 from 91 balls, Johnson finishing not out on 108 from 97 deliveries. The final tally a daunting 344 for five. What had looked an unlikely chase at the outset soon looked near impossible as Caythorpe slumped to 23 for three. Another fine 4th wicket stand threatened to make life interesting for the home side.  Anuj Dal (75) and Lyndon James totalled 134 together before their parting precipitated another flurry of wickets, including that of James for 76. A spirited tail end wag threatened to hold out for a draw, but Martin Weightman ended that with the final ball of the match, completing his haul of four for 28.  Footitt also taking four (for 44).

 

Wollaton are back up to 4th in the table after beating Papplewick & Linby by 35 runs at the Wollaton Village Sports Centre.  The home side batted first and may have been both relieved to have recovered from 76 for five and disappointed to close on 165 for nine.  Paul McMahon’s unbeaten 43 and David Barr’s 32 the major contributions.  Taimoor Khan with three for 19 led the Papplewick attack.  With James Taylor and Daniel Blatherwick compiling a 52-run 3rd wicket stand things looked good for P&L in the chase, but, the break up saw them slide from 73 for two to 81 for six.  Taylor made 53 before becoming one of McMahon’s six victims (six for 49).  With Nayyar Abbas taking three for 19, Papplewick were dismissed for 130 with almost 15 overs left.

 

Wollaton were able to rise into 4th because of events at The Fieldings where Mansfield Hosiery Mills finally ended the drought, claiming their first win of the campaign, dispatching Plumtree.  The visitors were put in to bat and found it hard going.  Anuk Fernando (four for 56) and Daniel Harris (three for 22) kept things in check and it needed a late 44 not out from Fabian Taylor to push the score to 167 all out.  Despite the early lose of Kamal Manek, the Millers cruised to the win with 20 overs to spare, thanks to a 164-run stand between Savin Perera and Fernando.  Perera finished 50 not out whilst Fernando compiled exactly 100 from 83 balls. 

 

Farnsfield are now comfortably in mid-table after getting the best of a draw at home to Attenborough.  After choosing to bat first the home side used a 157-run 2nd wicket stand between Steven Musgrove (52) and Solomon Budinger to tally 310 for eight.  Budinger made 103 from 72 balls, smashing 12 4s and 6 6s.  Callum McKenzie added 54 and Curtis Mitchell an unbeaten 40, while Ben Bhabra took four for 57 in an effort to stem the tide.  Attenborough’s chase was over almost before it began, Joseph Worrall’s three for 26 seeing them slump to 18 for three.  It was 81 for six when Steve Allcoat (44*) and Martin Shoemaker (32*) came together.  Their stand of 80 got The Squirrel’s to the draw, closing on 161 for six.  A result that leaves them two points clear of the relegation places.

 

Hucknall continued their climb out of the relegation places with a 120 run victory of Radcliffe-on-Trent at the New Gatehouse Ground.  It was yet another large partnership that was the foundation for Hucknall’s total of 237 for seven.  Matt New (64) and Robin Maxwell (86) put on 176 for the 2nd wicket before David Lucas sapped the momentum with four for 30.  Having chosen to bat, the hosts may have wanted more runs on the board, but they had plenty enough as it was.  New, on his way to five for 21 reduced Rasdcliffe to 14 for five.  There was a brief rally as Connor Marshall and Jake Fish (38) added 71 together but it didn’t last.  The Radcliffe innings closing in 35 overs, 117 all out. 


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