Rain Plays Role In NPL
Round 16 of the Owzat-Cricket Nottinghamshire Premier League saw British summer return, in place of whatever that was we’ve had for the past few weeks, and in it’s wake, Kimberley’s lead at the top of the table was cut to just seven points. It could however have been worse for the men from the Institute as the rain appears to have saved them from defeat at Farnsfield. The home side, having chosen to bat, would have been disappointed to be 24 for three. Callum McKenzie (56) teamed with Liam Patterson-White (35) to add 74 for the 4th wicket and provide the meat of their final total of 163 all out. Dominic Brown took three for 29 up front, while Chris Glover claimed three for 34. In reply only Archie Moore was able to hang around for Kimberley, as they lost wickets in bunches. Moore was unbeaten on 34 when the weather forced the abandonment with the visitors on 100 for seven with 16 overs left.
Cavaliers and Carrington took full advantage of Kimberley’s struggles, securing a relatively straight forward seven wicket victory at Plumtree. The home side were put in to bat, Saad Ashraf making 36 in a 57-run 2nd wicket stand with Oliver Soames, then Graeme White (36) featured in a 60-run stand with Sam Wood (42) that saw Plumtree looking set at 142 for three. Adam Tillcock took over from there though, claiming five for 33 as Plumtree slid to 193 all out. Despite losing a man early, the chase was over inside 34 overs as Bilal Shafayat (33) joined Hassan Azad in a 2nd wicket stand of 72 and Shiv Thakor blasted 53 from 39 balls as he and Azad put on 83. Azad was there, 68 not out, at the finish, Cavs making 196 for three.
Cuckney are just eight points back of Kimberley after they blew past Attenborough on the Village Green. The hosts were put in to bat, with Jack Cattrall (four for 28) reducing them to 45 for five. Pete Bhabra’s battling 30 helped The Squirrels push there total to 133 all out as James Hawley claimed three for 26. In reply, Josh Porter made 34 as Ben Bhabra took three for 55 to put Cuckney at 80 for four, but there just weren’t enough runs on the board. Nick Langford and Daniel Wood (30*) put on the final 56 needed to win as the target was passed inside of 23 overs.
Wollaton remain comfortably in 4th place despite suffering a chastening eight wicket defeat at Radcliffe-on-Trent. They won the toss and chose to bat although 21 for three probably wasn’t the plan. Nayyar Abbas and Tim Young rebuilt the innings, putting together a stand of 106 before Abbas fell for 49. Young battled on, but with wickets falling around him he closed the innings unbeaten on 85 as Wollaton made it to 193 for eight. Caleb Mierkalns led the Radcliffe bowling unit with four for 36. Ben Carr was the star of the run chase, featuring in a 65-run stand with Connor Marshall for the 2nd wicket and the clinching unbeaten 100 stand with Rob Sutton. Sutton finished 47 not out, and Carr on 92 as the winning line was broken in the 39th over of the chase. Radcliffe now sitting in the mid-table pack and looking upwards.
Papplewick & Linby closed the gap on the sides above them whilst denying Caythorpe a chance to make gains over Attenborough with a clinical win at Caythorpe Road. The home side opted to bat first but never looked like posting a troubling score, wickets falling regularly as they were dismissed for just 122 in 47 overs. Daniel Blatherwick took three for 29 early on to start the slide, the rest were shared between four other bowlers. Caythorpe’s spinners battled hard, but with such a low target it was always likely to be in vain. James Taylor (49*) batted through the innings, sharing a 57 stand with Jack Blatherwick (35) that broke the back a chase that ended in the 35th over.
The day’s remaining game took place at Mansfield Hosiery Mills, where Hucknall were the visitors. They were invited to bat first, making 231 all out form the full 50 overs, a number of batters getting starts without really kicking on. Matt New made 37 in a 59-run stand with Robin Maxwell (35) and Vinny Landa added 44. Daniel Harris (three for 16) was the pick of the bowlers. The Millers were 22 for one in the 7th over when the weather intervened and the match was abandoned.
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