Rolls Royce continue to dominate the league in their debut season and demonstrated their strength with a four wicket win over the West Indian Cavaliers at Watnall Road. Dan Birch won the toss for Rolls and asked the Cavs to bat first, a decision that was vindicated as they were dismissed from the final ball of their 50 overs for 189.
They slumped to 36 for three before Bilal Shafayat struck 73 and was involved in a stand of 76 for the fourth wicket with Usman Afzaal (37). Adam Shepherd continued his fine form with the ball by taking 4-46 with Liam Andrews contributed 4-41. Birch (66) and Adeel Shafique (27) put on 97 for the first wicket and they reached their target with more than 10 overs to spare despite Afzaal taking 3-48 for the Cavs.Cuckney remain in second spot eleven points behind the leaders after a comprehensive nine wicket win over Plumtree at Langwith Lane.
The visitors batted first and closed on 219 for seven with key contributions from Matt Milnes (46 not out), Wasim Rana (44) and Sam Storey (40) and two wickets each for Richard Stroh, Lewis Bramley and Richard Bostock. The Cuckney batting unit has been their strength this season and they reached their target for the loss of just one wicket. Richard Stroh fell for 57 but Will Root struck an unbeaten 104 and he along with Nick Langford (53 not out) saw their side home.The battle at the bottom of the table took place at Station Lane where Papplewick secured their first win of the season to swap places with Farnsfield who are now at the foot of the league. The home side chose to bat first and were skittled for 135 in 40.4 overs. Matthew Sisson scored 54 at the top of the order but no one else could get past 20.Kieron McComb took 4-12 from just 34 balls after Jim Rhodes (3-35) and Jack McIver (3-39) removed the top order.
Papplewick’s batsmen took confidence from their bowling unit and they overcame their target in 31 overs with Alex Lloyd striking the right tone with 59 from 61 balls at the top of the order before Adam Rostance (32 not out) and Mark Nelson (31 not out) saw them home.Mansfield Hosiery Mills consolidated their position in fourth with a winning draw at home against Caythorpe. Gareth Curtis struck his second century of the season with his 108 powering the home side to 298 for three, with 67 from Tom New and 40 from Sudesh Fernando. Caythorpe were rarely up with the rate and they ended their 50 overs on 182 for six thanks mainly to an unbeaten 66 from Matt Dowman.The Nottinghamshire Academy have endured a difficult few weeks but bounced back with a strong five wicket away win over Kimberley.
The home side batted first and raced to 252 for eight with Sam Johnson’s innings of 46 the highlight, with Dom Brown (39) and James Mann (37) contributing to maximum batting points.George Bacon was the leading first innings bowler with figures of 3-36. At 93 for three in the second innings, the match could have gone either way but a stand of 134 for the fourth wicket between Sam Kelsall (89) and Adam Tillcock (76) put the Academy in a winning position and they reached their target for the loss of five wickets with more than four overs to spare.The final game saw Clifton secure their third win of the season with a 99-run victory at home against Welbeck.
The home side struck 266 for six in their 50 overs with Jarrod Coombe (85) and Scott McNeill (94) putting on 173 for the first wicket with additional support being provided by Caleb Mierkalns with 42 and Robert French leading the Welbeck bowling with 4-49. The visitors were always behind the clock and lost regular wickets and were dismissed for 167 in just over 40 overs with only French (38) and Jon Ball (32) putting up any solid resistance.
Martin Weightman has had a good return to bowling after his shoulder injury at the start of the season and he ripped through the Welbeck line-up with 7-47.