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Round 22 Report - 1 September

Posted by Paul Chapman on 02/09/2018 07:56

Round 21 Report - 1 September

Sam Wood lofts the ball on the leg-side during his hundred at Cuckney

We entered the penultimate round of the 2018 Owzat-Cricket Nottinghamshire Premier League with none of the major issues decided, we leave it, with two things for sure.  Any one of three teams can win the title and Mansfield Hosiery Mills will finish bottom. 

At the top end of the table, Cuckney maintained their three point advantage over Cavaliers & Carrington with a stunning win at home to Plumtree.  The visitors opted to bat first and were thankful to a 127-run third wicket stand between Christopher Gibson (76) and Sam Wood, digging them out of an early hole.  Wood added a further 69 with Graeme White, as he went on to make 119 from 108 balls.  A chase for late runs saw wickets fall, but Plumtree would have been content with a final tally of 280 for eight.  Jack Cattrall took four for 66 as the home attack took some punishment. 

It was the second wicket partnership that put Cuckney on the road to completing the tenth highest chase in 2394 NPL matches.  James Hawley was joined by Nick Langford in a stand of 127.  Langford’s 66 coming from 59 balls, with Hawley out for 78 with the score on 196.  Tom Ullyott added an unbeaten 60 to the total, as he and Will Butler (36*) put on the final 86 runs to secure the win, with three overs unused.  Wood picked up a couple of wickets, but couldn’t stem the tide.[scorecard]

Cavaliers & Carrington remain hot on the heels of the Bears after seeing of Hucknall at Birchover Park.  The visitors were put in to bat, the loss of a wicket off the first ball of the innings a sign of things to come.  They recovered to 94 for four, thanks largely to 35 from Antony Freeman, but a flurry of wickets on 94 left them reeling, before a wag of the tail pushed the total to 136 all out in the 45th over.  Shazada Khan led the way with four for 37, backed up by Adam Tillcock with three for 35.  The innings ended with the unusual sight of three bowlers having incomplete overs.  Khan failed to complete his 10th over, Bilal Shafayat took those honours, while Muhammad Zaroob claimed the last wicket with his third ball. 

It would prove to be a straightforward, and speedy, chase as the winning target was reached in 20 overs.  Hassan Azad and Adeel Shafique (36) put on 61 for the opening wicket, Azad reaching a run-a-ball 51 not out as he and Zaroob (39*) put on the final 77 runs.[scorecard]

Kimberley Institute remain in with a shot at the title, but slipped 10 points behind Cuckney after being held to a draw at relegation battlers, Attenborough.  The visitors were invited to bat first, and saw George Bacon star.  He featured with Sam Johnson (37) in a 66-run third wicket stand, and then a 113-run 4th wicket pairing with Dominic Brown.  That stand was broken with Bacon’s departure for 104 from 126 balls.  Brown went on to finish not out on 59 as Kimberley totalled 246 for five, Ben Bhabra and Suhail Ahmed sharing four of the wickets to fall. 

Attenborough lost a couple of early wickets before Craig Heiden (51) and Louis Bhabra (34) shared a stand of 80.  A few batters got starts after that, but couldn’t kick on, as the Squirrels settled for a draw in their battle to avoid finishing in the bottom two.  Martin Weightman claimed three for 47 as Attenborough closed on 212 for seven.[scorecard]

Mansfield Hosiery Mills travelled to Wollaton knowing that only a win would be good enough to keep them alive in the NPL until the final week.  They asked their hosts to bat first, and suffered the frustration of an opening stand of 65 between Daniel Andrew and David Barr (35).  They pulled that back to 67 for three, but Nicky Kirkwood (45) and Tim Young put on 88 to steady the ship.  Young went on to make 51, before Andy Kirkwood’s 42 pushed the total to 228 for six. 

The Miller’s reply was not able to build any momentum as batters came and went too regularly.  Young completed a fine all-round effort with figures of four for 23, while James Cox took three for 44 as Wollaton condemned Mansfield to bottom spot and relegation.[scorecard]

Caythorpe kept their hopes of remaining in the NPL alive to the final game with an unlikely win at home to Radcliffe-on-Trent.  The hosts won the toss and opted to bowl.  Only one batter made it to double figures as the home seam attack had a field day, Radcliffe skittled for 54 inside 24 overs.  Anuj Dal returning five for 19 from 11.3 overs, while Jim Hemmings grabbed three for 15. 

Caythorpe lost three wickets on their way to the required 55 runs, reaching the target in the 19th over of their innings.  A result that leaves them 10 points behind Attenborough and 12 adrift of Hucknall.[scorecard]

The final matchup of the day was a mid-table tussle between Papplewick & Linby and Farnsfield at Papplewick Hall.  The visitors were put in to bat, compiling 265 for eight.  The 4th wicket stand of 83 between Callum McKenzie (46) and Liam Patterson-White pulled the innings back from a shaky start.  Patterson-White added 68 with Curtis Mitchell (43) on his wat to 67.  Jim Rhodes took three for 56 while Daniel Blatherwick and Taimoor Khan shared a further four. 

In reply, Papplewick slumped to 108 for eight before George and Charlie Baltherwick shared a stand of 65.  Charlie falling for 32, while George finished on 45 not out as the innings ended all out on 193.  Patterson-White in the thick of it with the ball too, claiming four for 46 with Joseph Worrall taking three for 28.[scorecard]

Report: Paul Chapman

Photo: Simon Trafford