NPL Leaders Slip Up
Sunshine and some minor football tournament hung over Round 13 of the Owzat-Cricket Nottinghamshire Premier League and it seemed to affect leaders Cavaliers & Carrington most of all. They travelled to Farnsfield were they elected to have the hosts bat first after winning the toss. Early inroads were made, seeing Farnsfield slip to 72 for four. Callum McKenzie joined Solomon Budinger at the crease and the pair set about repairing the damage. Budinger went to his 100 with the partnership reaching 124 when he fell for a 99-ball 115. Mitchell was then joined by Routledge to ensure that was the last wicket fall. They added a further 106, taking the score to 302 for five. Mitchell closing unbeaten on 109 from 108 balls. The run chase never got going, Joseph Worrall (three for 16) instrumental in reducing Cavs to 47 for six. Muhammad Zaroob (48) added 71 with Adam Tillcock to restore some normality, before Tillcock was joined by Dom Williamson to add a further 55. Tillcock had made 69 when he was last out, with 12 overs left. Cavs all out for 188 to lose by 114 runs.
Kimberley Institute sit just two points behind Cavs now after the got the better of a drawn match at The Fieldings. The home Mansfield Hosiery Mills took toss honours and put Kimberley in, grabbing a couple of cheap early wickets. George Bacon (41) was joined by Sam Johnson to add 68 and steady the ship slightly. Johnson then put on 50 with Dom Brown before falling for 54, while Brown would go on to also make 41. With contributions down the order, Kimberley closed on 242 for eight, Savin Perera leading the bowling with three for 31. The Millers found themselves in similar early difficulties, slipping deeper as the found themselves 90 for five. Perera (57) put on 51 with Patrick Delahunty but both fell in quick succession leaving the score 146 for seven. Kunal Manek (36*) marshalled the tail as the innings closed on 228 for nine. Alex King claimed four for 54 and Bacon three for 39 for the visitors.
Cuckney are now within four points of the leaders after they got by far the better of a draw in the day’s earliest start. It was a 9am start at Caythorpe where the home side won the toss and chose to bowl. James Hawley, back on his old stomping ground, played a patient but ultimately explosive innings of 116 from 169 balls to set up the Cuckney total of 225 for five. The partnership of 93 with Nick Langford (31) providing the impetus after a slow start. Caythorpe were never really in the chase, with only a fine 50 from Martyn Dobson making any significant dent, before he was run out at the non-strikers end. Caythorpe’s last pair were able to hold out to secure a draw as Cuckney’s bowlers shared the wickets around in the final score of 148 for nine.
Wollaton closed to within five points of 4th placed Plumtree with a win at the PCG. After choosing to bat, the visitors were in trouble at 16 for three, but James Gillespie (45) added 89 with Paul McMahon, who then added another 70 with Nicky Kirkwood (43). McMahon fell for 66 as the 175 for four, became 212 all out. Ish Jandu picked up five for 54 from his 10 overs and Callum Dring gave admirable support with three for 57. Plumtree looked well on target at 102 for one, Saad Ashraf (50) and Oliver Soames (57) having put on a 102 run 2nd wicket stand. If it didn’t go well from there, it was pretty much disastrous after they reached 161 for five. Just six runs later they were all out to lose by 35 runs. Nayar Abbas (three for 38) was the lead bowler, with the rest shared among four bowlers.
Radcliffe-on-Trent made the most of hosting Papplewick & Linby to climb closer to mid table in a romp. David Lucas ripped through the top of the Papplewick order, taking six for 40 from his 12. Ben Savage chipped in with three for 15 as the visitors were skittled for 56 before the mod-point of the innings. The chase was done in under 10 overs, Jim Rhodes (three for 12) doing his best to prevent the inevitable.
It was a big game at the bottom end of the table with Hucknall hosting an Attenborough side who continued their recent revival, getting the better of a drawn match to climb above Caythorpe and pad their gap on Hucknall. The visitors were asked to bat first, notching a total of 262 for eight, thanks in part to Tom Murray who blasted 66 from 54 balls, dominating a 74-run 2nd wicket stand. Louis’ Kimber (46) and Bhabra (47) shared a 60 run stand as the lower order added valuable runs. All six bowlers took at least one wicket for Hucknall. The hosts were two down early, but neither of those was Jake Libby. He shared in a stand of 89 with Robin Maxwell and 55 with Matt New on his way to 122 from 131 balls. When he was 6th out with the score on 230 Hucknall looked well placed. It wasn’t to be as wickets fell too regularly, they held out for the draw at 253 for nine. Just 10 runs shy of the target. Pete Bhabra (three for 40) and Ben Bhabra (three for 61) shared six wickets.
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