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Rain scuppers Cuckney

Cuckney’s lead at the top of the Nottinghamshire Premier League table was cut to a slender 10 points after their home match against the Nottinghamshire Academy was abandoned.

Although only five overs were lost to the rain, they were 62 runs short of a stiff target set by the county side when the match was scrapped.

The Academy had earlier smashed their way to 323 for four with Sam Wood headlining with 81 not out with support from Sam Kelsall (77), Hassan Azad (58) and Adam Tillcock (40 not out).

Will Root led the Cuckney attack taking 4-62. When time ran out after 45 overs of the second innings, Cuckney had reached 261 for three. Nick Langford had fallen for 108 (from 100 balls with fourteen fours and three sixes) and Root was continuing his excellent day with an unbeaten 92.

The West Indian Cavaliers took full advantage and secured their thirteenth win of the season when they won at Caythorpe by five wickets.

The home side were dismissed in the final over of their innings for 152, having been 109 for three at one stage after Darren Bicknell (39) got them off to a solid start.

Usman Afzaal continued another excellent season with the ball taking 3-36 with a pair of wickets each for Akhil Patel and Sadiq Hassan.

Perhaps with one eye on the rain, the Cavs took their usual speedy route to their target but not before they lost five wickets but they got there in the 32nd over with Afzaal steadying the ship with a cautious innings of 57.

Rolls Royce are not out of the championship race as they now sit in third just twelve points from the top spot after they gave a second tough beating of the season to Plumtree at Watnall Road.

Plumtree are now firmly in the danger zone after their batting unit failed again, being skittled for just 107 inside 35 overs.

Only Matt Milnes (42 not out) stood firm as Tom Lungley (4-24) and Adam Shepherd (3-41) combined to initially reduce the visitors to 39 for seven before the tailed wagged.

Rolls also kept a wary eye on the rain clouds as they reached their target in 22 overs. They lost four wickets but an unbroken stand of 58 for the fifth wicket between Lungley (36 not out) and Liam Andrews (27 not out) saw them home.

Kimberley welcomed Welbeck to the 2BM Ground and secured a 17-point winning draw, a result that leaves Welbeck languishing in tenth just 13 points from the drop zone.

Home side Kimberley hit an impressive 305 for six in the first innings with Paldip Sidhu scoring a well-paced 114 at the top of the order.

Sam Ogrizovic confirmed his return to form with the bat with 86 before Dom Brown smashed 48 not out from 22 balls with Rob French and Olly Pringle
each grabbing a pair of wickets.

Welbeck’s response soon fell behind the required rate and they closed 145 runs shy of their target for the loss of eight wickets. Martyn Dobson (52) and Jonny Loates (33) were the key contributors and spinners Chris Glover (3-38) and Alex King (3-48) led the home attack.

Farnsfield’s visit to Mansfield Hosiery Mills also ended early due to the rain but the side in eleventh did secure a valuable 9 points. The visitors were dismissed for 148 in the final over of the first innings with Sudesh Fernando taking 4-17 from 8 overs with skipper Matt New adding 3-29.

Paul Franks struck 45 batting at three but no other Farnsfield player could better Graeme White’s 27. Any ideas that the Millers had of an easy
victory were dashed when they were reduced to 87 for seven from 37.4 overs before the game was abandoned due to the weather.

Tom New remained 29 not out and there were two wickets each for Jamie Wagstaff, Mark Silcock and David Loveridge.

Papplewick’s chances of survival receded as they slipped to a 193 run defeat away at Clifton. The home side posted 272 for six in the first innings with Richard Harris top-scoring with 85 supported by all-rounder Martin Weightman’s knock of 77 with Papplewick’s Jason Elliott taking 4-66.

Elliott was last out in his side’s innings as they were dismissed in the 20th over for just 79 with David Lucas grabbing 5-35 from 9 overs and two wickets each for Dom Harvey and Weightman, who conceded no runs in the eight balls that he bowled.


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