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Shepherd rounds up seven for Royce win

After a bout of close finishes last weekend, there were a number of thrashings handed out in the Nottinghamshire Premier League with leaders Rolls Royce enjoying one of the better ones with a nine wicket victory over Plumtree.Dan Birch decided to bowl first on winning the toss and that proved a very sound choice when Adam Shepherd ripped the home side’s batting apart with figures of 7-23 from 15 overs to bowl them out for just 64 inside 33 overs.  Despite losing Birch for 6, the visitors strolled to victory in 21.4 overs for the loss of just one wicket and they now sit at the top of the league with an eleven-point margin.Cuckney are the side in second spot after they dismantled the Nottinghamshire Academy’s batting line-up to secure a 168 run victory at Lady Bay; an unbeaten 128 from Will Root set up a total of 248 for 7 in which Richard Bostock contributed 36 with George Bacon taking 3-42.

But the Academy made batting look far more difficult as they were bundled out for just 80 in 31.3 overs, Adam Tillcock top-scoring with 22.  Kieron Garside grabbed 3-37 with two wickets each for Richard Stroh, Lewis Bramley and Ian Parkin.The West Indian Cavaliers won their first four games of the campaign but have now lost two of their last three as Caythorpe pulled off a 23 run win at Birchover Park.The visitors got off to a poor start, losing Josh Mierkalns first ball but finished on 197 for eight thanks to key contributions from veterans Darren Bicknell (53) and Matt Dowman (50).  Akhil Patel recorded his side’s best return with 3-58.  In their reply, the Cavs could not find anyone to stay with Patel (63) and when he was sixth out at 124, his side were in trouble; he was one of Jim Hindson’s five victims (5-38) and the home were side dismissed for 174. Welbeck, who overcame Kimberley by nine wickets at Sookholme to record their second victory of the season, secured the third easy win of the day.  The visitors batted first but were skittled for just 113 in 45.3 overs with Jake Ball returning to the Welbeck attack to do much of the damage with figures of 4-16 from 11.3 overs.Paldip Sidhu and Sam Johnson were the leading Kimberley batters scoring 32 each. The home side overcame their target for the loss of just one wicket    skipper Martin Dobson fell for 62 before Adam Burgess steered them home with an unbeaten 37.Papplewick remain the only side without a win in 2013 and again they came close but finally fell to a 12 run loss to Clifton at Papplewick Hall.

The visitors posted 197 for eight thanks mainly to a run-a-ball 82 from Caleb Mierkalns, recently signed from Plumtree; he was supported by James Hartley (35 not out) with Jack McIver leading the attack with 3-68.  The Papplewick batters were always in the hunt but regularly lost wickets after Alex Lloyd got them off to a decent start with 32 at the top of the order. 

At 152 for nine, the game looked up but Jim Rhodes and Kieron McComb put on 33 before Rhodes was last out for 36.  David Lucas took the final wicket to end with figures of 4-54 with a pair of wickets each for Scott McNeill and Martin Weightman.The final game resulted in Farnsfield dropping into the bottom two after losing at home by eight wickets to an improving Mansfield Hosiery Mills side.

The current Bassetlaw champions posted 196 for nine in their 50 overs with runs for Michael Bell (56), Callum McKenzie (59) and Curtis Mitchell (31); Matt Wright continued his good form with 3-46 and Kyle Garside starred with 4-54.  The Millers overcame their target with nearly 4 overs to spare thanks mainly to 100 not out from Gareth Curtis and an unbeaten 53 from Sudesh Fernando.


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