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Cuckney maintain 100% NPL record

8th May 2017

The Notts Premier League entered the third weekend of the season with two teams on 100% records and leave it with one.  

Cuckney are the only side with three wins out of three after a crushing 100 run victory at Caythorpe.  After winning the toss and opting to bat, the champions made a solid start, putting on 58 for the opening wicket.  They were pegged back and needed an 77 run stand between Gareth Purshouse (79) and Daniel Wood (47) to get them going again.  The demise of Purshouse saw another flurry of wickets.  The innings closing on 210 for nine.  Jim Hindson taking four for 54 and Anuj Dal three for 48 doing the damage.  Arosh Janoda and Luke Wood blew the top of Caythorpe’s order away, and only late resistance from Ollie Clarke and Hindson delayed the inevitable.  The final wicket falling in the 40th over with Caythorpe on 110.  They fall to the foot of the table, having lost all three of their matches so far.

Plumtree moved into second in the table after edging out West Indian Cavaliers in a thriller at Birchover Park.  The away side chose to bat after winning the toss, losing a couple of early wickets.  Sam Storey and Sam Wood came together for a partnership of 95, ended with Storey’s dismissal for 68.  From there, wickets fell regularly, including Wood run out for 75.  Adam Tillcock finished with three for 40 and Shahzada Kkan grabbing two. Adeel Shafique dominated the Cavs innings, he was the only batter to score more than 17, and extras (25).  The biggest partnership was a 65 between Shafique and Rehan Hassan, as Bobby Gamble claimed four for 35 to keep the Cavs in check.  Despite this, at 153 for five in the 38th over, Cavs looked favourites.  Shafique though would run out of partners with two overs remaining and just four runs needed.  He carried his bat to finish unbeaten on 117 from 131 balls.

Mansfield Hosiery Mills remain unbeaten but lost their 100% record as they had to settle for a draw away to the Notts Academy.  The home side chose to bat first and racked up an impressive 296 for seven in their 50 overs.  Built on an opening stand of 72 between Louis Kimber and Joey Evison, both making 37, and later a stand of 129 between Connor Marshall (82) and Louis Bhabra (76) that took them to 263 for five.  Dylan Barmby was the pick of the bowlers taking four for 48.  In reply the Millers struggled to score quickly enough to keep up with the rate, before settling for a draw.  Joe New top scored with 44 as, backed up by George Hadfield’s 32, MHM closed on 173 for eight.  Anis Raza had three wickets for 20 runs.  Connor Marshall grabbing a pair of victims.

Radcliffe-on-Trent moved into 4th place in the table with a win over previously unbeaten Welbeck.  After deciding to bat first the home side were indebted to a stand of 87 between Caleb Mierkalns (54 from just 27 balls) and Daniel Mason (41) in reaching 202 all out. Richard Stroh rolling back the years to take four for 37, aided by Muhammad Malik (three for 67) and a brace for Tom Lungley.  The Welbeck reply started badly as they slumped to five for three and 29 for four.  A 54 run stand between Lungley and Jonathan Ball got them going again, but Lungley began to run out of partners.  He would be last man out for 64 as they fell 50 runs short of the target.  David Lucas (three for 37) and Josh Mills (three for 40) led the attack.  Ben Savage also grabbed a couple of wickets.

Kimberley moved into a tie for 5th position with a big win over Hucknall at the New Gatehouse Ground.  The visitors were invited to bat first and posted a total of 241 for nine, George Bacon the mainstay of the innings with a fine knock of 116 from 131 balls.  The key partnership being the 5th wicket stand of 89 with Martin Weightman (38).  William Spray (three for 45) and Suhail Ahmed (three for 48) led the bowling attack.  Josh Buckley joining in to snaffle a couple of victims.  The run chase was going nicely at 71 for one as Scott Harris (47) and Jake Libby put on 57 for the 2nd wicket.  Three quick wickets put paid to the threat as the middle order folded and once Libby fell for 51 it was curtains.  The innings eventually ending on 162.  Bacon had a good day all round, taking four for 23.  James Fenwick and Dominic Brown both grabbed a pair. 

The final game of the day was a battle of the newly promoted sides as Farnsfield visited Attenborough.  The away side were asked to bat first and at 37 for four were in all kinds of trouble.  Curtis Mitchell and Callum McKenzie put on a stand of 186 to get the score to 223 whereupon Mitchell was adjudged lbw on 99.  McKenzie followed shortly after for a fine 110 from 117 balls.  Farnsfield closing on 275 for six.  Dominic Harvey’s three for 43 was the best of the bowling, Ben Bhabra picking up a couple of wickets. For Attenborough, Tom Moores made 56, featuring in a 59 run second wicket stand with Chris Allcoat, but the Squirrels couldn’t get anyone to stick with him as the innings faded to 151 all out.  Brett Hutton the chief reason for that with five for 30.  Paul Franks and Mathew Roberts both taking two wickets in support.


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