Round 3 Report
Posted by Paul Chapman on 05/05/2018 22:01
Round 3 Report - 5 May 2018
There was an almost full complement of third round fixtures in the Owzat-Cricket Nottinghamshire Premier League. Ironically, on the best day of the year so far the outfield at Birchover Park had taken too much punishment from the winter and was deemed unplayable, leaving Carrington & Cavaliers and Papplewick & Linby sitting idle.
At the 2bm Ground there was something of an upset as champions Cuckney were felled by their hosts, Kimberley Institute. The home team were invited to bat first by Cuckney skipper, Nick Langford and Tom Rowe and Sam Johnson made hay, compiling a second wicket stand of 118, Rowe falling for 78 to end it. That set the platform for a big total that Johnson (56), Dominic Brown (57*) and Somair Chaudry (32) cashed in on. Kimberley closing on 289 for six.
Cuckney used seven bowlers with limited success, a brace of wickets for James Hawley being the highlight. Cuckney’s chase started poorly, improved a little and then fell apart. Will Butler (37) added 62 with Tom Ullyott to pull them back from losing two early wickets. From 86 for two though, things faded. There were still 10 overs left when the last wicket fell with just 150 on the board, Alex King (3 for 30) and Zain Ramzan (3 for 42) doing the majority of the damage. A result that puts Kimberley top of the table having played three games. Cuckney sit bottom for now from two results. [scorecard]
New boys Wollaton played host to Attenborough and continued their impressive start to the season by securing the better of a drawn match. After being put in to bat, Wollaton’s total of 195 for six was built on the back of an unbeaten 66 from Nicky Kirkwood and 63 from skipper David Barr, Kirkwood the major player in a 6th wicket partnership of 78 and Louis Kimber picking up a pair of victims for the Squirrels. Steve Allcoat led from the front Attenborough, hitting a run-a-ball 50, but after helping his side to 82 for two, his departure precipitated something of a collapse. At 128 for eight it looked only a matter of time before Wollaton wrapped up the win. Andrew Simkiss and Pete Bhabra dug in though, taking the score to 172 for nine. Ian Stone joined Bhabra and in a tense finish the pair held out to secure the draw. Wollaton’s bowlers shared the wickets, two each for Nayyar Abbas, Archie Shannon and Sunil Sharma. [scorecard]
Plumtree got into action at Farnsfield, picking up a win over their hosts. The home side batted first on winning the toss, totalling 196 for six. A 53-run stand between Solomon Budinger (35) and Steven Musgrove (32) had them 78 for one before a minor flurry of wickets had them in a bit of bother at 93 for four. The two Liam’s, Delaney and Patterson-White mounted a comeback, Delaney making 35 and Patterson-White an unbeaten 48 as they partnered for 74 runs with Callum Dring and Graeme White both snaffling a couple of wickets. Plumtree’s reply was one of starts, with no batsman kicking on to dominate. Matt Milnes top scored with 43, Oliver Soames chipped in with 36 and Matthew Wood was 33 not out as they achieved the target with nine balls remaining. Patterson-White completed a good day taking three for 33, backed up by two wickets for Joseph Worrall. [scorecard]
At the New Gatehouse ground, home side Hucknall won the toss and opted to bowl at their guests, Caythorpe. After a slow start, Martyn Dobson and Anuj Dal added some impetus in a stand of 59. Dobson getting run out after a mix up for 55 to end the stand. Dal went on to make 43, and with a bright 34 from skipper Andrew Staszkiewicz, Caythorpe made it to 206 for seven. He was one of a couple of late wickets for Keith Dudgeon that left him with three for 33. In reply, Hucknall made a bright start thanks to a breezy 30 from Josh Downie, but it was the spin twins of Jim Hindson and Johnathan Miller that turned the game the way of Caythorpe. From 57 for two, the pair bundled Hucknall out for 104 inside of 27 overs. Joe New left marooned on 30 not out, as Hindson (4 for 21) and Miller (4 for 27) proved too much. [scorecard]
Bowlers were on top at Mansfield Hosiery Mills as visiting Radcliffe-on-Trent chose to put the home team in to bat. Ben Savage claimed four for 28 as they hosts were skittled all out for 90. Radcliffe made heavy weather of the chase, Kyle Garside taking three for 24 as target was passed for the loss of seven wickets. [scorecard]
Report: Paul Chapman
Photos: Richard Parkes