NPL Week 9 Review
Round nine in the Owzat-Cricket Nottinghamshire Premier League saw table toppers, Cavaliers and Carrington stamp their authority on the team who started the day just a point behind them, Wollaton. The home skipper won the toss and opted to put Wollaton in to bat first. A decision that was more than vindicated. Shahzada Khan took six of the first seven wickets to fall, finishing with 12-2-19-6 while Adam Tillcock (three for 16) polished off the tail as the visitors were bundled out for 86 in 26 overs. But for an unbeaten 45 from May’s player of the month, Nayyar Abbas, it would have been a lot worse. Cavs knocked off the runs in one ball over 14 overs no wickets down. Hassan Azad with a 46ball 52 not out to lead the charge.
Kimberley Institute took full advantage of Wollaton’s misfortunes with a comfortable win over Papplewick & Linby to jump to 2nd in the table. The visitors were put into bat at the 2bm Ground and found Martin Weightman in prime form. His 12-5-35-5 helped reduce Papplewick to 59 for seven. That the reached 123 all out was due to a battling 59 from Daniel Blatherwick. Dominic Brown and George Bacon each weighed in with a pair of wickets as the innings closed inside 40 overs. The Kimberley chase was in early difficulty at 29 for three but Sam Johnson (34) added 57 with Brown to steady the ship. Brown was there at the finish on 41 as the target was reached in 36 overs for the loss of four wickets.
Cuckney now sit 4th in the table after they travelled to Hucknall and secured maximum points. The hosts were invited to bat and looked well set as a 73 run stand between Joe New and Vinay Landa had them at 105 for two. Landa would go on to make 62, but no one could top New’s 21 as the last seven wickets fell for 103, the innings closing on 208 for nine. James Hawley (12-0-40-5) leading the bowling comeback, Jack Cattrall grabbing a couple in support. The visitors need 43 overs to recover from 60 for two to make the target for no further loss. Will Butler and Tom Ullyott sharing an unbroken stand worth 149, Butler making 87 and Ullyott 56, to secure the eight wicket win.
At Plumtree the home side were given first use of the track by visitors Attenborough, and after a couple of early stumbles saw their middle order make up for last week’s low score. Oliver Soames hit 49 from 33balls to get things rolling before Sam Wood (61) and Graeme White shared a 91-run stand. White was there at the close on 94 as Plumtree tallied 279 for eight. Pete Bhabra’s three for 53 the height of the resistance. In reply the Squirrels found themselves losing wickets too regularly to threaten the target. Paldip Sidhu top scored with 30 as the subsided to 130 all out in 44 overs. Callum Dring (three for 16) was the pick of the bowling, while Wood and Chris Gibson both snaffled a couple of victims.
Caythorpe padded their cushion over bottom side, Mansfield Hosiery Mills, by securing the better of an unlikely draw at The Fieldings. Home skipper, Mark Smallwood, won his first toss of the season and had the away side bat. Kyle Garside rolled back the years with three for 13 to put the screws on the early Caythorpe order. At 77 for seven it looked bleak for Caythorpe but with James Oldham playing a patient knock and a little wagging from the tale they made it to 158 for eight. Oldham making 46* as he put on 55 with Jim Hindson to end the innings. Anuk Fernando and Chamikara Mudalige each took two wickets to back up Garside’s early efforts. The Millers appeared to be cruising to a first win of the season as Savin Perera (57) led them to 134 for three. They then contrived to lose five wickets for just four runs, leaving them to hold out for a draw. The innings closing on 149 for eight, 10 runs shy of the victory target. Hishaam Khan (three for 27) got his three wickets in that extraordinary collapse, while Anuj Dal also grabbed his two in that spell. Jim Hindson took two early on as well.
At Farnsfield the hosts got themselves a valuable win over a Radcliffe-on-Trent side that won the toss and opted to bat first. 74 for three looked a decent start, but that was thrown away as the Farnsfield spin attack chopped them down to 88 for nine. The inning ended in the 48th over on 119. Rob Sutton’s 29 the top score. Mathew Roberts was the main man with ball, claiming four for 36 with doubles for Joseph Worrall and Liam Patterson-White. Farnsfield didn’t hang about in reply, chasing down the target in under 19 overs. Matthew Sisson (38) got things going in a 52 run opening partnership as three others made scores in the 20s to ease to the victory.
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