NPL: Cuckney make it four wins out of four
Leaders Cuckney maintained their 100% record in the Nottinghamshire Premier League with a comprehensive nine wicket win at home to Radcliffe-on-Trent on Saturday.
The visitors were asked to bat first, Rob Sutton’s top score of 44 being the glue in their innings of 166 all out. Wickets fell to regularly, with the opening stand of 35 being the highest partnership in the innings. Simon Mugava was the pick of the home bowling, taking three for 47. James Hawley grabbing the one wicket he needed to reach 150 in the NPL. Hawley then bossed the run chase, first in an opening stand of 87 with Gareth Purshouse (36) then in an unbroken 80 stand with Will Butler (33*). Butler passing 4500 NPL runs with that knock. Hawley finished 88 not out, just 9 runs shy of 5000.
Mansfield Hosiery Mills moved in to second in the table with a hard fought win over Caythorpe, who kept up their 100% losing record. After choosing to bat first, the Millers found run scoring a struggle, opener Kamal Manek top scoring with 28. Anuj Dal the pick of a fine bowling display, taking three for 32 while Hishaam Khan grabbed a pair. It was déjà vu all over again for Caythorpe in reply. A solid opening stand, undone by losing wickets in bunches. The last wicket pair of Khan and birthday boy Max Shenton briefly threatened the most unlikely of victories, but ultimately Caythorpe fell 23 runs short. Dylan Barmby’s fine spell of 12-3-32-5 ripped the middle order out, allowing Elliott Bowles to grab his 49th and 50th NPL wickets.
Plumtree slid to third after they slipped up at home to Hucknall who put their hosts in to bat first an grabbed an early wicket. Saad Asfraf and Oliver Soames added 72 to take the score to 81 for one. Ashraf fell for 46 and from there, Geoff Dods took over. The Hucknall pro taking six for 45 in 11.4 overs as Plumtree subsided to 150 all out, Soames unbeaten on 69. At 123 for two, Hucknall were cruising to their target as Jake Libby starred in partnerships of 61 with Robin Maxwell and 53 with Dods. They would lose five wickets for five runs in 14 balls as they limped over the line with Libby not out on 79. Matt Milnes claimed three for 37 backed up by a brace for Graeme White.
Kimberley moved into 4th place after they snuck a thriller with the Notts Academy at the 2bm Ground. The home side were invited to bat first, amassing 310 for 7 from their 50 overs. Geoge Bacon top scored with 83 while Sam Johnson added 79 and Martin Weightman chipped in with 38. Louis Bhabra, Riecko Parker-Cole and Anis Raza all grabbing two wickets each. Louis Kimber (48) and Lyndon James (31) got the Academy reply off to a good start before a clutch of wickets reduced them to 144 for five. Jordan Cook (41) added 92 with Louis Bhabra who would make a 56 ball 74. Academy entered the final over needing six runs to win with two wickets in hand. They needed four from three with one wicket left. Anis Raza was stumped off the last ball with just two runs wanted for the win. Dominic Brown (four for 68) and Chris Glover (three for 56) were the heroes with the ball.
West Indian Cavaliers lie fifth after they had to settle for a draw at Farnsfield. After being put in to bat, the Cavs totalled 231 for six. Hassan Azad’s 35 helping them to 91 for three before Rehan Hassan (66) and Adam Tillcock (37) added 83 for the 4th wicket. Joseph Worrall and Mathew Roberts both taking two wickets. Farnsfield lost wickets at regular intervals, falling to 137 for eight, but Cavs could not get the final two they needed. Liam Delaney (36*) and a 96 ball unbeaten knock of 25 from Curtis Mitchell securing the draw. Shahzada Khan took three for 47 to lead the Cavs attack, Maurice Chambers and Kafeel Shafique grabbed a pair each.
The day’s other game saw Attenborough and Welbeck play out a draw at the John Fretwell Complex. The visitors chose to bat first and found themselves in early trouble at 7 for two. Chris Allcoat and Byron Haycock came to the rescue, with a 181 run partnership to put them on the road to 225 for six. Allcoat falling for 92 while Haycock made 75. Tom Lungley’s three for 53 was the pick of the bowling, Richard Stroh picking up two more. Welbeck made a good start to the chase as Gurpej Landa (49) led the way in an opening stand of 74 with Matthew Higgins. After that though, only Richard Stroh’s 33 showed the determination needed as the lost wickets each time they got into good positions. Ultimately Attenborough couldn’t get the last two wickets they needed as Welbeck closed on 177 for eight. The Bhabra’s collected five wickets between them, Pete taking three for 31, while Ben grabbed two.
Saturday's results (Home side in CAPITALS):
Radcliffe 166-9 in 50 ov (1) lost to CUCKNEY 167-1 in 31.5 ov (20)
Cuckney won the toss
Cuckney: J Hawley 88*, S Mugava 3-47
Radcliffe: R Sutton 44
WI Cavaliers 231-6 in 50 ov (17) drew with FARNSFIELD 179-8 in 50 ov (6)
Farnsfield won the toss
WI Cavaliers: R Hassan 66, S Khan 3-47
KIMBERLEY 310-7 in 50 ov (20) beat Notts Academy 309 ao in 50 ov (7)
Notts Ac ademy won the toss
Kimberley: G Bacon 83, S Johnson 79, D Brown 4-68, C GGlover 3-56
Notts Academy: L Bhabra 74, L Kimber 48
MANSFIELD HM 164-8 in 50 ov (20) beat Caythorpe 141ao in 41.2 ov (3)
Mansfield HM won the toss
Mansfield HM: D Barmby 5-32
Caythorpe: A Dal 3-32
PLUMTREE 150ao in 45.4 ov (4) lost to Hucknall 151-8 in 46.5 ov (20)
Hucknall won the toss
Plumtree: O Soames 69, S Ashraf 46, M Milnes 3-37
Hucknall: J Libby 79*, G Dods 6-45
Attenborough 225-6 in 50 ov (17) drew with WELBECK 177-8 in 50 ov (6)
Attenborough won the toss
Welbeck: G Landa 49, T Lungley 3-53
Attenborough: C Allcoat 92, B Haycock 75, P Bhabra 3-31
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