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NPL Week 17 Reveiw

6th August 2018

NPL Review: Week 17

Round 17 of the Owzat-Cricket Nottinghamshire Premier League and table toppers, Kimberley Institute, registered their 10th win of the season as they saw off their hosts, Papplewick & Linby. 

They were put in to bat by the home skipper and find themselves in trouble at 59 for four.  An 80-run stand between Martin Weightman (33) and Dominic Brown got them back on track before Brown fell for a patient 50.  Wickets continued to fall though, and it took a breezy 30 not out from Jon Terry to take the total to 200 all out. 

Taimoor Khan (three for 35) and Geroge Blatherwick (three for 42) shared the bowling honours.  The reply never really got started for Papplewick, as Timothy Wyatt and Daniel Blatherwick both fell with the score on one. 

They recovered to 67 for five before Harry Franklin (40) and Taimoor Khan (36) added 78 to get the home side to within 56 of victory.  They fell in kick succession and the chase then fell away, Papplewick going from 145 for five to 169 all out.  Christopher Glover claimed five for 34 from his 12 overs, while Weighman took three for 31. 

Cavaliers and Carrington also claimed a 10th win of the season as they chased down the target set by their hosts, Wollaton.  Having been put in to bat, the home side totalled 201 for five despite being reduced to 23 for three. 

Daniel Andrew and Tim Young combined in a stand worth 120, with Young making 57 and Andrew going on to carry his bat for 85 not out.  Shiv Thakor was responsible for all five wickets to fall, finishing with figures of 12-2-33-5 for Cavs.  It was a comfortable chase for the Cavs, Hassan Azad (41) adding 63 for the 1st wicket with Adeel Shafique, before Zain Abbas (41) put on another 68 with Bilal Shafayat.  Shafayat finished 69 not out, putting on the final 54 runs with Thakor as the Cavs made the target with 10 overs in hand.

Cuckney remain on the coat-tails of the top two, despatching Hucknall with relative ease at Langwith Road.  The visitors won the toss, asking Cuckney to bat.  After an early wicket, a 54-run stand between Tom Keast (36) and Will Butler (45) righted the ship. 

After that though, several batters made starts, but none could get beyond 21 until Elliott Bowles landed some lusty blows in his 45 not out to push the total to 221 for nine.  Matt New (four for 33) and Harry Finch (three for 66) did their best to keep Cuckney in check.  It wasn’t to be with the bat for Hucknall, none of their top five made it to double figures as they slumped to 26 for five.  That became 93 for eight before Harry Finch smacked 11 fours in a score of 66 that drove a 66-run stand with Adam Scott.  It papered over the cracks though as Hucknall were dismissed for 159.  Bowles (three for 21) and Jack Cattrall (three for 24) did the early damage.

Plumtree took advantage of Wollaton’s defeat to leapfrog them into 4th place with a tight three wicket win at Attenborough.  After being put in, the home side tallied 229 for nine, thanks to a 65-run stand for the 2nd wicket shared by Paldip Sidhu and Tom Murray (49).  Sidhu fell for 58 and with Louis Kimber adding 31, Attenborough had a competitive total. 

Callum Dring’s four for 66 helped stem the tide for Plumtree who looked to be well on the way to victory as Chris Gibson (47) shared a 101-run opening stand with Oliver Soames.  Soames then added a further 62 with Sam Wood, taking the score to 163 for one.  Soames fell for 95 with the score 195 for four, and with Graeme White adding 33, Plumtree weathered a late flurry of wickets to reach their target with five balls to spare.  Suhail Ahmed took four for 49 as Attenborough fought to the end.

In a mid-table battle at Radcliffe-on-Trent the home side prevailed, as they so often do, over Farnsfield.  The visitors won the toss, choosing to bat, and made a solid start, Steven Musgrove and Matthew Sisson putting on 72 to open up, Sisson making a 42-ball 52. 

They faltered somewhat from that start, but with Callum McKenzie compiling and unbeaten 69, Farnsfield totalled 213 for nine.  Muhammad Usman (three for 34) and David Lucas (three for 45) were the chief threats with the ball.  A 62-run 3rd wicket stand between Rob Sutton and Connor Marshall was the centrepiece of the Radcliffe run chase.  Marshall going on to finish on 70 not out as they made it to the target with more than nine overs to spare, for the loss of seven wickets.  Sam Routledge (three for 37) and David Loveridge (three for 51) shared six of them.

The final match of the day was a battle between the league’s bottom two, a battle in which the visitors, Mansfield Hosiery Mills, would prevail.  Caythorpe won the toss and put the Millers in only to have Anuk Fernando take the game by the scruff of the neck.  He may not have been hearing the drums, but he was hearing the ball ping off the middle of his bat.  He featured in stands of 56 for the 3rd wicket with Mark Smallwood and 66 for the 4th with Patrick Delahunty before becoming the 6th wicket to fall having made 134 at a run-a-ball pace.

Delahunty had the next highest score at 26.  MHM closing on 254 for seven.  They Caythorpe card was almost as lop sided, being dominated by two batters rather than one.  While James Oldham and Lyndon James where together adding 119 for the 3rd wicket, an unlikely chase looked on the cards.  The dismissal of James for 51 precipitated a collapse with 166 for two becoming 169 for six.  Oldham was out agonisingly short of a century when, on 97, he become one of Ekroop Saib’s three for 40.  But with Chamikara Mudalige taking three for 43 and Fernando completing his day with four for 33, MHM completed a 25-run victory, dismissing Caythorpe for 229.

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