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Cuckney increase lead

Cuckney increased their small lead over Rolls Royce to five points in the Nottinghamshire Premier League after they secured a six wicket win over Farnsfield.

Rolls could only manage a draw against Papplewick despite posting the largest total of day.

Home side Farnsfield batted first and were dismissed in exactly 50 overs for 171 with Matthew Sisson (37), James Smith (41) and Andrew Bell (36) all getting starts without going on to record a major score, whilst Luke Thomas took 4-48 for Cuckney.

The leaders took just 36.5 overs to secure 20 points when they reached 174 for four with stalwart Richard Stroh hitting an unbeaten 84 despite Bell continuing his successful day with a return of 3-41.

Rolls Royce travelled to Papplewick and while scoring the day’s largest total could not press home for win as the bottom-placed side hung on well for a draw.

Rolls posted 329 for six in their innings with Adeel Shafique (115) and Tom Lungley (107 not out) putting on 174 for the fourth wicket. Wasim Karim chipped in with 46 with Jim Rhodes (3-52) and Sam Stewart (3-90) led the Papplewick attack.

The home side showed some grit as they lost only six wickets in scoring 248 despite the best efforts of Luke Fletcher who took 3-51. Ross Fitz-John top scored with 92 not out with support from Tom Bowers (43) and Jack McIver (37).

The West Indian Cavaliers stretched their lead over fourth-placed Nottinghamshire Academy to 30 points after they inflicted a four-wicket win over the county side at Lady Bay. The home team batted first and were limited to 208 for nine.

Sam Kelsall hit 75 and Tom Rowe 41 but Sadiq Hassan (4-45) and Usman Afzaal (4-49) led the attack with terrific support from ‘keeper Aaron Thomas who took four stumpings and two catches.

The Cavaliers did not have the game all their own way and they were made to work hard to achieve their target, which they did in the penultimate over for the los of six wickets with Akhil Patel scoring 75 and Dominic Williamson seeing them over the line with an unbeaten 48.

Mansfield Hosiery Mills nearly secured a season double over Plumtree at the PCG but the home side hung on for a draw nine wickets down. The home skipper Ben Thompson’s unlucky run with the coin continued having won only three of fifteen tosses this year.

But having been asked to bowl first they dismissed the Millers for 185 in the final over. In the process, Thompson secured his best NPL figures with 6-64.

Mark Smallwood (69) top-scored for the visitors with skipper Matt New chipping in with a solid 40. Plumtree’s response was scattered with wickets and they lost nine wickets in ending 20 runs short.

David Bedingham (69) and James Gamble (32) put together the only substantial partnership (64 for the 5th wicket) as Matt Wright (4-43) and Sudesh Fernando (3-25) did their best to press for a win.

The closest game of the day took place at Sookholme where Caythorpe ended up three runs short of victory over Welbeck when eight wickets down. The home side batted first and were bowled out for 205 in the final over with Martyn Dobson (30), Matt Higgins (34) and Adam Burgess (33) all contributing and Jim Hindson enjoyed the conditions to record figures of 5-28.

Caythorpe were struggling at 98 for five but Darren Bicknell (57) and Andy Hunt (55 not out) steadied the ship. The Welbeck bowlers, led by Rob French (3-41), kept the reigns tight and ensured that the two sides shared the points.

The final game looked to be heading for another close finish before the rain caused it to be abandoned. Home side Clifton were all out for 223 in exactly 48 overs with Caleb Mierkalns (45) and Scott McNeill (37) leading the way after Atif Sheikh (3-80) and Alex King (3-55) enjoyed the conditions.

Kimberley therefore had 52 overs to reach their target and were on track when the rain came – they had reached 179 for six in the 43rd over. Jon Terry (40), Sam Ogrizovic (38 not out) and Jon Mann (40) all found form and the visitors had to settle for 12 points when 20 could have been achieved without the weather’s intervention.

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