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Plumtree take pole position

Plumtree were the surprise joint leaders of the Nottinghamshire Cricket Board Premier League after recording a 43 run home victory over Welbeck.

Batting first after losing the toss, the home side closed on 202 for nine with Joe Tetley (44) and Sam Storey (48) again impressing in a 83 run partnership for the second wicket with Wasim Rana hitting a bustling 45 from just 40 balls.

James Willis (3-29) and Jonathon Ball (3-40) led the attack in absence of Jake Ball who was away on Nottinghamshire duty.

Welbeck’s innings again stumbled at the top of the order when they fell to 21 for four with skipper Martyn Dobson the first to go but his innings was hindered after he dislocated his shoulder while fielding.

Jonathan Ball (41) and ‘keeper Dave Hunt (48) both batted with purpose but found little support and the visitors slumped to 159 all out inside 42 overs.

The other side with maximum points was the West Indian Cavaliers who eased to their second win of the season with a seven wicket victory over Papplewick at Birchover Park.

The visitors were skittled for just 129 in fewer than 40 overs with Jason Elliott taking 4-22 and no Papplewick batsmen exceeding Graham Roberts’ total of 24.

The Cavs needed only 26 overs to reach their target but lost three wickets in the process one of which was Akhil Patel, dismissed for 55.

Champions Cuckney were just three points adrift of the leaders after a winning draw against Kimberley at Langwith Road.

Richard Stroh smashed 148 not out from 153 balls in Cuckney’s 306 for five with solid support from skipper Will Butler with 46.

Kimberley were never really up with the required run rate and closed on 175 for seven with Jon Mann hitting 49 and skipper Sam Ogrizovic 34.

The highest innings of the day came at Watnall Road where Rolls Royce enjoyed their first Premier League game at home against Clifton and ended up with 327 for five.

Tom Lungley (81 not out) and Dan Birch (54) both played supporting roles against their former side but main player was Ben Phillips who smashed 107 from just 48 balls with six fours and 10 sixes.

Clifton achieved maximum bonus points as they ended on 225 for seven with runs from Scott McNeill (56), Dominic Harvey and Jarrod Coombe (both 47).

Farnsfield secured their first win of the season as they registered an impressive six wicket win away at Caythorpe.

The home side batted first and Josh Mierkalns scored 119 not out at the top of the order but he struggled to get much support with Farnsfield skipper Paul Franks taking 3-40 from 14 overs.

The visitors reached their target for the loss of just four wickets with more than three overs to spare with Franks (41) contributing alongside Michael Bell (47) and Callum McKenzie (43) before Graeme White saw them home with 37 not out.

The final game of the day saw the Nottinghamshire Academy draw with Mansfield Hosiery Mills at Lady Bay. The county side batted first and Tom Rowe (77) led the way as their innings closed on 232 for nine.

Adam Tillcock supported with 38 and Matt Wright stood out with figures of 5-74 with Sudesh Fernando adding 3-57.

The visitors were always in the game but regularly lost wickets and ended on 191 for eight with Gareth Curtis scoring 60 and Matt New 49. Luke Wood continued his fine start to the season with 4-32.

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