Millers Slip Closer To Relegation
After round 19 of the Owzat-Cricket Nottinghamshire Premier League the table saw it’s biggest changes at the bottom end. Of the four sides in and around the relegation zone, one picked up a victory to enhance their survival chances. Attenborough played host to bottom side, Mansfield Hosiery Mills, won the toss and chose to put the visitors in. It was a decision that was vindicated by a fine performance from their bowlers, top score was just 27 from Stephen Gooding as the Millers were dismissed for 104 inside 40 overs. Ian Stone claimed four for 27, with the remaining wickets shared amongst four bowlers. Despite losing an early wicket, Attenborough cruised to the target in 19 overs, Steve Allcoat hitting 30 and Louis Kimber an unbeaten 44. The result leaves the Millers rooted to the bottom for another week.
Caythorpe find themselves even further adrift in 11th place after sliding to an uncomfortable 137 run defeat at home to Wollaton. The visitors were asked to bat first and at 25 for three, Caythorpe would have felt justified, more so when it became 60 for four. A 50 stand between Paul McMahon and Nayyar Abbas steadied things. Abbas adding a further 59 with Nicky Kirkwood. Abbas fell for 57, Kirkwood shortly after for 60. Archie Shannon added 36 with the tail as the innings ended all out for 240. Jonathon Miller’s three for 64 were the leading bowling figures, with two apiece for Hishaam Khan and Jim Hindson. Caythorpe’s batting couldn’t stand up to Nayyar Abbas though, they went from 53 for one to 103 all out in 29 overs as Abbas claimed six for 24 in 10 plus overs. He was backed up by three for 32 from Paul McMahon.
Hucknall found themselves dragged further into the relegation fight with an similarly one sided loss at Farnsfield. They home side were put in to bat by Hucknall, finding themselves reduced to 94 for six thanks to Matt New and Harry Finch. George Hadfield made 55 in a stand worth 96 with Mat Roberts who fell one short of his own half century. From their the last four wickets fell for just 10 runs, leaving Farnsfield all out for 200. Finch ended with five for 27, while New claimed three for 59. The chase proved to be anything but, Hucknall making only 100 in 30 overs. James Bowker was the chief reason for that, he had figures of 7.2 overs, six for 25 in the skittling, Sam Routledge took three for 33 in support.
These results leave Mansfield bottom, 24 points behind Caythorpe, who now trail Hucknall by 14. Attenborough sit six ahead of Hucknall.
Kimberley Institute maintained their eight point lead at the top of the table after despatching Plumtree at Plumtree. The home side won the toss and will have felt in the game after restricting their visitors to 214 for eight. After an early wicket, George Bacon (31) put on 72 with Tom Rowe, who went on to score 50. The fourth wicket stand between Sam Johnson and Dominic Brown was worth 86 when Brown fell for 38. Johnson was dismissed later for 53, Glen Read taking the bowling honours with five for 35 from 10 overs. The Plums were yet another side to barely creep past 100 batting second today. The made just 115 from 45 overs, with Alex King (three for 14) and Martin Weightman (three for 37) keeping them well in check.
Cuckney kept up the pressure on Kimberley, with a 55-run win at home to Papplewick & Linby. The home side chose to bat first, with Tom Keast (63) dominating an opening 103-run stand with James Hawley. Tom Ullyott added 83 with Nick Langford (33) on his way to a century. He totalled 113 from 93 balls as the innings closed on 274 for six. Papplewick made a solid start to their chase, James Taylor (45) adding 75 for the opening wicket with Harry Franklin. Wickets fell too regularly after that, including Franklin for 70. Taimoor Khan added 38 further down the order, but the chase ended in the 48th over, with the score on 219.
Cavaliers & Carrington achieved that rare thing this year, an away win at Radcliffe-on-Trent, to keep the top three separated by a mere 11 points. Despite 52 from Reicko Parker-Cole and 30 from Muhammad Usman, the hosts could only muster 143 all out after being put it in to bat. Shiv Thakor took three for 27 to lead the Cavs bowling effort. The opening batsmen for Cavs won the game early, their partnership was worth 117 with Adeel Shafique making 64. Hassan Azad was 68 not out when the victory target was breached in the 30th over for the loss of just Shafique.
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