Cuckney strengthen lead
Cuckney strengthened their lead at the top of the Nottinghamshire Premier League with a comprehensive 115 run win over Welbeck at Langwith Lane.
In one of only two games that started on time, Welbeck won the toss and asked Cuckney to bat first. The home side closed on 198 for eight in their 50 overs with Nick Langford (55) and Will Root (42) forming the backbone of the innings.
Jonathan Ball who took 3-53 and skipper Martyn Dobson who returned 3-51 led Welbeck’s attack.
Any satisfaction that Welbeck had at limiting the leaders to this below-par score was quickly dashed as they were dismissed for just 83 in 27.2 overs with Dobson being the only batsmen to make a significant mark with 39.
Richard Stroh played the winning hand with the ball taking 6-30 from 13 overs.
The Nottinghamshire Academy are firmly established in second place when they nearly avenged their only loss this season with a draw against Clifton at Lady Bay.
This match also started on time and the county side went to tea on an impressive 259 for four in their 50 overs after winning the toss.
Sam Kelsall starred with 74 with support coming from Scott Elstone (46), Anuj Dal (42 not out) and Adam Tillcock (33). The Clifton attack included Nottinghamshire’s Luke Fletcher but he went wicket-less while Liam Andrews took 2-55.
Clifton’s reply got off to a solid start when Martin Weightman (52) and Scott McNeill (43) put on 104 for the first wicket but their response stumbled and in the end they hung on for a draw at 227 for nine. Tillcock rounded off a good day personally with figures of 5-63 from his 10 overs.
The battle at the top of the table remains tight as is the competition at the other end of the league and Plumtree undoubtedly had the best day of those sides in the bottom half.
They travelled to Papplewick and snatched a 17-point draw in a one-sided match that was delayed until 3 pm due to a very damp wicket.
Papplewick skipper Matt Dowman won the toss and fielded and after a cautious start, Plumtree ended on 140 for eight from their 35 overs; stand-in captain Ben Thompson top-scored with 47 from 53 balls and Dowman kept control with 4-31 from nine overs.
The home side were doomed to a negative result when they were tottering on 12 for four with 17-year-old seamer Matt Milnes blasting out the top order.
In the end, Papplewick held on for the losing draw points on 79 for nine from their 35 overs with Milnes ending with figures of 5-14 from 10 overs.
Off-spinner Muhammad Usman got some significant turn and bounce on a drying wicket and finished with 3-10 from eight overs.
In the battle of the bottom two clubs, Worksop travelled to Wollaton and secured their first Premier League win of the season when they inflicted a 12 run defeat on the side immediately above them.
This game was also restricted to 35 overs after a 3pm start and Worksop batted first and closed on 114 for eight at tea. Luke Ambrose was the stand-out performer with an innings of 35 and Wollaton’s Adam Davies took 5-29 from 9 overs.
Worksop may have thought that they had forgotten how to win but they roared back to bowl the home side out for 102 with Wayne Spooner taking 6-25 and Conor Smith 3-16.
The win leaves Worksop far from safety but will give them great confidence and must leave Wollaton wondering about their tenancy in the top-flight.
The remaining matches at Mansfield Hosiery Mills versus the West Indian Cavaliers and at Caythorpe versus Kimberley were both victims of the recent rain.