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Round 20 Report - 25 August

Posted by Paul Chapman on 26/08/2018 06:48

Round 20 Report - 25 August

Round 20 of the Owzat-Cricket Nottinghamshire Premier League saw moves at both ends of the table.  The big game of the day saw leaders Kimberley Institute play host to Cavaliers & Carrington, who began the day 3rd, 11 points behind their hosts.  The home side took toss honours and chose to bat, being reduced to 11 for two was probably not part of the plan, but Tom Rowe and Sam Johnson (37) added 82 together.  Rowe departed for 52, bringing together Dominic Brown and Martin Weightman.  The pair added 106 for the 5th wicket, Brown making 58 and Weightman 62 before he fell on the last ball as Kimberley tallied 257 for six. 

Cavs reply got off to a good start as Hassan Azad and Adeel Shafique shared an opening stand of 64, Shafique departing for 48.  Azad added a further 61 with Zain Abbas and later 66 with Shiv Thakor (35).  He finished not out on 96 as Cavs made it to the target with nine balls to spare. [scorecard]

Cuckney began the day in 2nd, nine points behind Kimberley, and made the short trip to Farnsfield.  The home side chose to bat after winning the toss, recovering to 71 for three on the back of 56-run stand between Steven Musgrove and Callum McKenzie.  With wickets falling around him, McKenzie made 66, before a further 50-run stand between George Hadfield and Curtis Mitchell (37) pushed the total to 197 for eight. 

Cuckney got to 71 for three on the back of Tom Keast’s 31 before a fine 70 from Nick Langford featured in a 72-run stand with Josh Porter.  Porter finished unbeaten on 50, adding 57 with Daniel Wood to see Cuckney home with nine overs left.  The result lifts them to the top of the table, three points clear of Cavs & Carrington and six ahead of Kimberley.  An interesting final two games await.[scorecard]

At the bottom end of the table, Mansfield Hosiery Mills gave their survival chances a huge boost with an Anuk Fernando inspired eight wicket win at home to Papplewick & Linby.  The visitors were invited to bat, sliding to 21 for three before a 65-stand between Harry Franklin (48) and Timothy Wyatt.  When that was broken, 86 for three became 118 for eight as wickets fell rapidly.  Some late tail wagging got the final tally up to 177 all out in the 46th over.  Fernando claimed three for 33 while three other bowlers each grabbed a couple of wickets. 

The run chase was all over inside 30 overs, as the opening pair of Kamal Manek and Fernando put on 148 together.  Manek fell for 68, but Fernando kept going, completing his century, ending not out on 109 from 96 balls.  Of the 33-runs scored after the fall of Manek, the two batters not named Fernando scored zero.[scorecard]

That win saw MHM close to within six points of Caythorpe after the latter were well beaten at Plumtree.  Having been put in to bat, Caythorpe would have felt goof to be in a position of 86 without loss with Lyndon James and Tom Hart at the crease.  As has been the case though this season, one wicket brought several.  Hart’s 52 was the top score as the innings faded to 159 all out, the last five wickets adding just 11 runs.  Callum Dring was the pick of the bowling, returning four for 33 from his 12 overs. 

Two wickets fell early in the run chase, but Chris Gibson (45) and Sam Wood put on 85 together to swing the match decisively.  Wood making 68 as the target was made with five overs to spare.[scorecard]

Attenborough now sit 3rd from bottom, 22 points clear of Caythorpe despite a heavy defeat at Radcliffe-on-Trent.  The home side were put in to bat first, and again early wickets were lost before Reicko Parker-Cole (39) and Rob Sutton (47) added 69 together.  Sutton featured in a further 57-run stand with Jake Fish (34)  before Caleb Mierkalns added a typically breezy 30.  Radcliffe closed on 216 for nine.  Dominic Harvey (three for 29) and Ben Bhabra (three for 48) were the pick of Attenborough’s bowlers. 

Not for the first time, David Lucas and Ben Savage found the Radcliffe deck to their liking, running though the Attenborough batting like proverbial hot knives in butter.  Savage taking four for 42 and Lucas five for 30 as Attenborough were skittled for 108.[scorecard]

Hucknall are now 32 points clear of the relegation zone after beating Wollaton at the New Gatehouse Ground.  The visitors were put in to bat, totalling 175 for nine from their 50 overs.  James Gillespie (41) adding 51 with Tim Young was central to that effort whilst Jake Young’s three for 34 did much to stem the tide. 

Hucknall lost wickets early, dropping to 64 for three.  That brought Matt New together with Vinay Landa.  The pair remained unbeaten in a stand worth 113 to seal the victory with 3.2 overs remaining.  New making 37 while Landa scored 63 to all but secure Hucknall’s premier league place for next season.[scorecard]