Cavaliers disdain of Dobson
Martin Dobson scored his second hundred of the season for Welbeck Colliery but opponents West Indian Cavaliers refused him the upper hand.
They cruised to another victory, this time by five wickets to maintain their undefeated 2010 record.
At the John Fretwell complex, the Cavaliers won the toss and asked the home side to bat first. Dobson made 106 from 143 balls with eight fours and two sixes before he was bowled by Muhammad Umair Ghazall.
Having posted his first ton in the first match of the season, Dobson who finished eighth in the league averages in 2009 now has 285 runs in total from three innings with an average of 95.
His best tally for Welbeck was 760 runs in 2008 so watch out for a new record.
Vikram Atri lent his weight with 78 as Welbeck collected 251 for six from their 50 overs.
But Cavaliers came up with a typically cavalier response allowing them to overhaul this total with more two overs to spare thanks largely to skipper Aaron Thomas with 78 and Michael Millwood’s 81 not out.
Welbeck’s Guy Darwin returned the match’s best figures of 3-55. This 18 point win allowed the Cavaliers to increase their lead to 17 points at the top of the table.
Papplewick are the second-placed side following their winning draw against the Notts Academy side at Lady Bay.
Papplewick won the toss and batted first and posted a competitive 261 for six with Mark Nelson leading the run-scoring with 90, supported by stalwart John Wakeling with 56; Akhil Patel grabbed the bowling attention with 3-73.
In reply, the youngsters came within 30 runs of victory in another high-scoring game ending up with 232 for six; Michael Robson top-scored with 75 not out and Papplewick’s Jim Rhodes returned 3-55.
At the other end of the table, Attenborough were hoping that they could kick-start their season in an away fixture with Cuckney and came away with a draw.
Cuckney were inserted by the bottom-placed club and went into tea having racked up 269 for the loss of only three wickets.
Skipper Richard Stroh (107) and Daniel Watson (118 not out) put on an impressive stand of 229 for the third wicket in what is believed to be a league record. Martin Rayner produced the best return with 3-81.
In response, Attenborough secured maximum batting bonus points with 200 for eight with Kiwi Shaun Fitzgibbon getting 80 and Ben Sheppard 40.
Dan Brown was the leading Cuckney bowler in yet another high-scoring match with 4-52.
The lowest scoring match of the day took place at Mansfield Hosiery Mills who pulled off an impressive win against Wollaton in no small part thanks to a young player on his 16th birthday.
Batting first, Wollaton were bowled out in 47 over for 166 thanks to two impressive spells from Keshara Jayasinghe (3-18 from 13 overs) and Kyle Garside (5-48). Philip Wells top-scored for the visitors with 55.
In a very close finish, Mansfield overtook that total in the 48th over by scoring 169 for nine; the tenth wicket partnership of 24 between Kyle Garside and 16 year old Luke Rogers secured the victory and grabbed the points and the eye.
Wollaton’s Wells rounded off a good day personally with figures of 5-51.
Clifton are finding the defence of their 2009 Premier League title a difficult task and currently reside one place off the bottom after suffering their second defeat in four games, this time to a resurgent Kimberley.
Kimberley won the toss and asked Clifton to bat first and promptly bowled the champions out for just 122 in 38 overs, with George Bacon grabbing 4-47.
Kimberley overhauled this total for the loss of five wickets in just 33 overs and Nick Langford again starred with 61 not out.
Clifton skipper Simon Roberts will take little comfort from his return of 3-30. Kimberley are now in third place only five points behind Papplewick.
The final game of the day saw Radcliffe secure their first Premier League win of the season at home against Caythorpe; the home side were bowled out for 209 in just shy of 50 overs with Rob Sutton’s 36 supporting Mitchell Gowland’s 70 not out.
Caythorpe’s Billy Wright will have enjoyed his tea looking back on the day’s best figures of 6-67.
Radcliffe secured their victory as Caythorpe were bowled out for 199 with one ball to spare; Guy Welton (52) and PK Riley (34) contributed most towards the Caythorpe effort and Mitch Gowland rounded of his best game of the season with 6-55.