Nottinghamshire Premier League leaders Cuckney made the short trip to local rivals Welbeck Colliery looking to bounce back from last weekend’s shock defeat at Radcliffe and unusually, played the entire match under sunny skies.
The home side won the toss and invited their guests to bat, a 77 run stand between Daniel Wood and Adam Burgess taking the score to 106 for two. Burgess added a further 51 with Nick Langford (37) before he was third out, top scoring with 56. Will Butler’s 34 took the total to 200, before the final flourish saw Cuckney close on 232 for six.
Richie Bentley’s 3-44 led the bowling effort. Welbeck’s run chase never got going, Lewis Bramley taking 3-24 as the Colliers were reduced to 83 for six. David Hunt scored a defiant 52 as he added 91 for the seventh wicket with Ibraheem Khalil, proving enough to secure a draw. Cuckney took 17 points to Welbeck’s five.
Plumtree remain in second but have slid to 25 points behind Cuckney after they held on for a draw away to Caythorpe. The hosts won the toss and chose to bat first, quickly losing both openers with only one run on the board.
Mat Dowman joined Steve Allcoat at the crease and the pair set about rebuilding the innings. By the time Allcoat fell for 43, the pair had added 120 to the total. Dowman ploughed on, adding a further 62 run partnership with James Oldham, before dominating the late overs. Caythorpe closing on 249 for six from their 50 overs. Dowman ending unbeaten with a season high score for the league of 150. Muhammad Usman took 3-63 to attempt to stem the flow.
Plumtree made a solid start in pursuit of 250, Saad Ashraf and Sam Storey (46) putting on 66 for the first wicket. George McCaffrey broke the partnership and proceeded to take victims regularly only Matt Wood’s 30 providing any back up as the Plums fell to 162 for seven.
Usman (32) joined Matt Milnes at the crease, adding a further 53 to keep them close. Ben Storey passed 50 as the draw was secured for the loss of eight wickets. Caythorpe garnering 17 points and Plumtree eight.
Clifton Village dropped to fourth in the table, 28 points behind Cuckney, after getting the worst of a drawn game at home to the West Indian Cavaliers.
On winning the toss, Clifton put the Cavs in to bat, having to watch as Gemaal Hussain (36) put on 68 with Usman Afzaal. Afzaal added a further 115 for the third wicket in a partnership with Akhil Patel (61), before becoming Adam Shepherds third victim having made a fine 108. Bilal Shafayat added a quick 30, before Tim le Breton took advantage of the late over run chase to snaffle 5-77, Cavs innings closing on 276 for nine.
Martin Weightman led the Villagers reply with an unbeaten 82, but with only Tim le Breton (37) and Richard Harris (38) providing any substantial backup, Clifton were unable to put together any real partnerships to challenge the target. Kafeel Shafique with four for 48 and Shafayat with three for 46 helped to restrict the hosts. Cavaliers claimed 17 points and Clifton nine.
The NCB Academy remained in sixth place with a comfortable win at home to Kimberley Institute. Kimberley won the toss and opted to bat, Sam Johnson’s 62 leading them to 121 for five. They were unable to get any other significant contributions though, and finished on 195 for seven, with Ben Kitt the leading bowler, grabbing 3-48.
After losing two early wickets, Anuj Dal and Jake Libby made serene progress toward their target, as they added 160 for the third wicket, Dal finally falling for 75 with just 21 runs needed. Libby finished unbeaten on 82 as Academy completed a seven wicket win with almost 10 overs to spare.
Rolls Royce Leisure fell to seventh after a seven wicket defeat at home to Mansfield Hosiery Mills. After winning the toss and batting Rolls made a fine start, both Michael Millwood (60) and Shaun Levy (51) making half centuries. The opening stand of 116 would become 124 for three, before Tom Lungley (31) and Dan Birch (38) added 70 to take the score to 194 for three. But the last seven wickets fell for just 38 runs as the innings ended all out for 232 in the 49th over. Keshara Jayasinghe (for 34) and Matt Wright (for 55) both taking four wickets.
The Millers reply was comfortable, reaching the target with five balls remaining. Built around a 97 run partnership between the New brothers (Matt making 70 and Tom 56), the victory was completed by an unbroken 60 stand between Mark Smallwood (38 not out) and Jayasinghe (37 not out). The win lifts MHM 18 points clear of the relegation slot and just nine behind Welbeck on 10th.
In the big match at the bottom of the table, Radcliffe-on-Trent all but secured a place in next season’s Premier League with an 81 run victory over their hosts, Ordsall Bridon.
Bridon won the toss and put Radcliffe in to bat, and despite 35 from Josh Mierkalns, will have been more than happy having reduced the visitors to 53 for four.
Robert Sutton and Jake Fish then took over, their partnership reaching 176 when Fish fell for 67. Sutton went soon after for exactly 100, but the damage was down.
Radcliffe finally all out for 279 in the final over. Tim Miles led the bowlers, taking 4-83, and Aqab Ahmed 3-52. Despite a stand of 77 between Henry Appleyard (38) and Sufian Munir (68) Bridon never looked like chasing down the target. Usman Muzaffer took the heart out of the batting order with 6-46.