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Shafayat shines in Cavs win

West Indian Cavaliers maintained their 100% record when they defeated Welbeck by 9 wickets but the Nottinghamshire Cricket Board Premier League fixture programme was decimated by rain with only one - shortened - game completed.

At Sookholme, the home side were asked to bat first after stand-in skipper Jonathan Ball lost the toss and they were dismissed for 161 in 44 overs with Usman Afzaal (4-53) and Akhil Patel (4-22) leading the attack.

Rob Marchant (36) and Rob French (32) both got starts but no-one kicked on and they must be hoping that hte injured Martin Dobson will be fit to return soon.

The Cavaliers took little time in overcoming their target as they lost only one wicket in the chase that lasted just 23.2 overs.

Patel rounded off a fine game with an unbeaten innings of 52 and Bilal Shafayat crashed 78 not out from just 65 balls with ten 4s and three 6s.

This result leaves the Cavs alone at the top of the table and Welbeck in the bottom two with just 16 points from three games.

Plumtree lost their 100% record when their game with the Nottinghamshire Academy was abandoned after just 12 overs of the second innings could be completed.

Sam Kelsall skippered the county side and invited the visitors to bat first. Plumtree’s batting has been firing well so far this season and they had another good day when they declared on 224 for three after 46.2 overs to bag full batting points.

Matt Wood starred with a run a ball 62 not out after Sam Storey (47) and Ben Milnes (56) put on 95 for the first wicket.

Only three overs of the Academy innings were possible before the last hour started and further showers forced the players from the field for the last time 7 overs remaining with the score on 35 for two.

Papplewick had their best day with the bat so far this campaign but again had their game curtailed by the weather. Batting first in their home game with Caythorpe, they struck 210 for nine in their 48 over allocation with Alex Lloyd standing out with an innings of 69 with support coming from Tom Bowers (38) and Jim Rhodes (30).

Caythorpe would only get 21 overs in their reply but they made a spirited effort to chase down their target ending on 172 for four with Josh Mierkalns continuing his excellent start to the season with a rapid 94.

Rolls Royce travelled to Farnsfield in good spirits after their explosive batting performances in the opening matches of the season but the home side put in a good performance with the ball to restrict them to 181 for 9 in their 44 over allocation.

Tom Lungley again featured with 56 and Jamie Wagstaff bagged 4-66 with Paul Franks supporting with 3-32.

The home side could only complete 18 overs in their response and closed on 72 for one.

Kimberley hosted Mansfield Hosiery Mills but the game was called off after just 15.4 overs when the visitors had reached 57 for one with Gareth Curtis going well on 33 not out. The match between Clifton and Cuckney was even shorter, being abandoned after just 8 overs with Clifton having reached 27 without loss.


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