Another wet week in Nottinghamshire
Yet again, the Premier League programme was decimated on Saturday with only one match played and all the other five being cancelled without a ball being bowled.
The game that took place was at Kimberley who took on newly promoted Plumtree; the start was delayed by 30 minutes to allow one end of the wicket to dry but Plumtree skipper Nigel Finney won the toss and elected to bowl first.
The Kimberley innings got off to an explosive start when debutant Dan Birch top-edged a hook for six over the keeper and he was lucky to escape a sharp chance at slip in the next over.
But after that he built a solid innings and was dismissed four runs short of a century with the score on 151 for five. The only other major contributor to their final total of 218 for eight was veteran PK Riley who ended unbeaten on 43.
The Plumtree bowling attack performed well with the standout being another player making his debut, Mohsin Qayyum who ended with 3-45 from his maximum allotment of 13 overs. Seventeen-year-old Matt Milnes provided the best support to Qayyum with 2-57.
The visitors response got off to a slow start when Finney was given out with the score on just nine but this was followed by the match’s biggest and quickest partnership as Sam Storey (85) and Caleb Mierkalns (56) put on 91 for the second wicket in just 99 balls with Mierkalns hitting five brutal sixes from his innings of just 51 balls.
When he fell lbw to James Mann with the score on 111, Matt Wood continued the chase until he too fell LBW, this time to Richard Adams. Thereafter, the innings faltered and Plumtree closed on 190 for five. Kimberley’s leading bowler was Matt Wright who took 2-39.
That the game took place at all is a credit to the Kimberley groundstaff and all clubs will be crossing their collective fingers that next week’s games are blessed with better weather.
At the request of Nottinghamshire CCC, the match between the Nottinghamshire Academy and West Indian Cavaliers scheduled for 23rd June has been put back until the following day.
As part of the staging agreement between the county club and the ECB, they are required to provide net bowlers for the England and West Indies on the 24th ahead of the T20 between those sides the following day.
League Chairman Peter Johnson said “These are indeed very special circumstances given that Trent Bridge works incredibly hard, against tough opposition from other counties, to bring international cricket to our county. The League is very happy to agree to this change of date in these circumstances and I would also like to thank the Cavaliers for their support of this change.”