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Round 1 Report - 21 April 2018

Posted by Paul Chapman on 21/04/2018 19:38

Round 1 Report - Saturday 21 April

Ben Kitt appeals enthusiastically at Farnsfield

The start of the new Owzat-Cricket Nottinghamshire Premier League season was a somewhat truncated affair after four of the scheduled six matches were rescheduled until later in the season.  Difficulties in preparing grounds following various “Beasts from the East” and an outbreak of winter seeing some clubs take up the offer of a delay.

There was however, action at Farnsfield and at Hucknall.  Down at Station Road, last season’s South Notts champions, Wollaton, returned to the Premier League in fine style.  Their hosts, Farnsfield, chose to bowl first after winning the toss and had the new boys in early trouble. Scoring would prove difficult for most of the innings, as only Nayyer Abbas (39) and Tim Young (38) were able to put scores on the board.  Ben Kitt (4-36) book ended the innings with a pair of early wickets and a pair at the death, while Mathew Roberts picked up 3 for 24 in the middle. Wollaton were dismissed in the 46th over for 149.

In the chase each of Farnsfield’s top six made a start, Steven Musgrove top scoring with 31, but none could make a significant innings.  Even so, at 132 for 4 a win looked well and truly on the cards. The tail had other ideas, folding in the face of James Cox (4-38) and braces for Kade Shiel, Nisar Abbasi and Sunil Sharma as the home side lost six for 12 to lose by five runs. [scorecard]

Wollaton are joined at the top of the nascent league table by Kimberley Institute who enjoyed a comfortable five wicket win at The New Gatehouse Ground.  They asked their hosts to bat first and unleashed Martin Weightman. Hucknall saw wickets fall early and often as they were reduced to 44 for seven, before ending on a slight recovery to post 110 all out inside 36 overs.  Weightman taking 6 for 17 from his 9.5 overs. Despite losing wickets at regular intervals, Kimberley cantered to their target after 28 overs, Sam Johnson finishing on 40 not out. [scorecard]

The remaining four matches have all been rescheduled for later in the season, as follows:

Mansfield Hosiery Mills v Cavaliers & Carrington – 7 May

Plumtree v Papplewick & Linby and Radcliffe-on-Trent v Cuckney – 17 June

Caythorpe v Attenborough – 29 July

Report - Paul Chapman

Photos - Richard Parkes