The West Indian Cavaliers continued their 100 per cent start to the season with an efficient seven wicket win over the Nottinghamshire Academy at Birchover Park, their first ever win against the County side.
In all six of Saturday’s matches, the side winning the toss decided to field first and Cavs skipper Usman Afzaal showed the way when the Academy were dismissed for 160 in three balls short of their 50 over allocation.
Only Adam Tillcock (39) and Brett Hutton (49) got to grips with the bowling attack led by Ricky Anderson (3-26) and Shahzada Khan (3-26).
The home side’s batting has looked in impressive form all season and this continued as they reached their target for the loss of just three wickets with nearly 10 overs to spare.
‘Keeper Aaron Thomas (45) and Bilal Shafayat (50) put on an unbeaten stand of 66 to see the side home and secure their position at the top of the table.
Rolls Royce move into second place, 14 points behind the leaders after an astonishing win at home against Papplewick. The visitors’ season has yet to catch fire but they enjoyed their best session of the campaign to date when they dismissed the Rolls Royce powerhouse batting line up for just 114 inside 34 overs.
Jim Rhodes was again the standout performer with the ball recording the remarkable figures of 15-6-37-6 with former Cavalier Steve Atkinson (35) the only home batter to make a significant contribution.
Stand-in captain Rhodes remains the beating heart of the club and the Papplewick side were hoping to record their first win of the season.
But Adam Shepherd and Liaqat Ali had other plans as they combined to skittle the visitors for just 81, Shepherd taking 4-32 and Ali 3-11, leaving them rooted to the bottom the table with just 20 points from four games.
Another astonishing game took place at Kimberley where the home side scraped home to beat Clifton by just one run.
Kimberley batted first and closed on 147 for nine with David Lucas featuring for Clifton with figures of 3-39 supported by Dominic Harvey (3-43). This was a reasonable score after they collapsed to 15 for three with Jon Terry (32) and Dom Brown (33) leading the recovery.
With the score on 99 for two (Scott McNeill 53, Calum Rowe 34), Clifton were heading for their first win of the season until left-arm seamer Atif Sheikh ripped out the visitors’ middle order taking 6-40.
As the final over started, Clifton needed five runs with one wicket remaining and after three wides, they needed just two more to win.
A mix up saw Charl Malan run out to complete the innings meaning Kimberley secured a one run victory which moves them up to seventh in the table. Clifton are in eleventh, just two points ahead of Papplewick.
Mansfield Hosiery Mills were another side looking for their first win of the campaign and secured it with a relatively straightforward victory over Plumtree by eight wickets at The Fieldings.
The visitors were in trouble at the start of their innings when they fell to 7 for three but a workmanlike partnership of 97 between Matt Wood (42) and David Bedingham (52) saw a recovery.
But the wickets kept falling in pairs and the visitors were dismissed for 142 in the penultimate over.
Matt Wright always seems to take wickets against Plumtree and he continued the trend with figures of 4-26, with KC Jayasinghe contributing 3-40.
With the drying wicket becoming easier to bat on, the home side took less than 36 overs to overhaul their target with Tom New (58) and Sudesh Fernando (32) contributing an unbroken stand of 109.
Bobby Gamble again bowled well taking both wickets to fall for 23 in 10 overs.
Welbeck also broke their 2013 victory drought when they secured a 19 run victory away at Caythorpe; the visitors welcomed back skipper Martin Dobson and he celebrated his return with an innings of 107 to inspire a total of 228 for four with support coming from Matt Higgins with an innings of 60.
Tim Haines is defining the role of the miserly seamer and again demonstrated his consistency in conceding just 28 from his 15 over spell. At 165 for three, Caythorpe would have been confident of the win after James Hawley smashed 107 from just 77 balls.
But only Matt Dowman (33) could muster solid support and the home side were dismissed for 209 in 47.4 overs. Olly Pringle has gone wicket-less in his first three gams for Welbeck but he roared into form with figures of 5-56 with Jake Ball contributing 3-64.
The final game was the only one to end in a drawer as Farnsfield hung on at Cuckney. The home side racked up 246 for four thanks mainly to 82 from Nick Langford, 64 from Richard Stroh and an unbeaten 38 from skipper Will Butler.
Jamie Wagstaff continued his fine form with the ball taking 3-48. Stroh’s form continued with the ball as he took 3-23 as Farnsfield slipped to 110 for nine in response.