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Academy draw first blood

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Two things are destined to bring on heavy rain – talk of a hose-pipe ban and the start of the cricket season and both those conspired to decimate round one of the 2012 Nottinghamshire Premier League.

Four of the scheduled games were cancelled early on Saturday morning with the grounds at Caythorpe, Papplewick, Plumtree and West Indian Cavaliers being declared unfit for any play.

Cuckney’s game against local rivals Mansfield Hosiery Mills escaped the weather but they had to wait until 2 pm to start a match reduced to 38 overs per side. The Millers won the toss and asked the home side to bat and Cuckney concluded their innings on 163 for six with Richard Stroh featuring with an unbeaten 60.

In reply, the visitors’ innings never really got going and they were skittled for just 47 inside 20 overs. Three bowlers did the damage with 16-year-old Luke Wood returning figures of 3-6, Stroh 3-8 and Kieron Garside, who was making his Cuckney debut after moving from the Mansfield club during the close season took 3-19.

Scott Elstone

Nottinghamshire Academy's Scott Elstone chips in with 75

The other completed game started on time at Lady Bay as the Nottinghamshire Academy took on Wollaton. Academy skipper Andrew Parkin-Coates won the toss and decided to bowl first and Wollaton completed their 50 over stint on 227 for six with Tim Young leading the way with an unbeaten 86, supported by Aussie Ben Smith with 58.

The county side’s bowling attack was led by Simon Webster who took 3-26. The Wollaton innings was interrupted by rain on several occasions and therefore the game became limited by time rather than overs with the Academy innings estimated to be a maximum of approximately 46 overs.

But this didn’t hinder their batters and they strode to a five wicket win inside 44 overs with Tome Rowe (53) continuing his good form from last season but it was a day for players hurting their former clubs as former Wollaton player Scott Elstone struck 75. Parkin-Coates (27) and George Bacon (19) saw Notts home in the 43rd over while Dominic Reed returned the visitors’ best figures with 3-86.