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Cuckney remain top of the Nottinghamshire Premier League after securing an easy six wicket win at home against Papplewick with a bumper 12 overs to spare.

Matt Dowman won the toss for the visitors and chose to bat first but found the Cuckney attack back on top form after their loss at Plumtree last week and they were dismissed for 129 inside 46 overs.

Dowman top-scored with 45 but they lost their last seven wickets for a paltry 52. Ian Parkin was the star performer for Cuckney taking 5-20 from 11.5 overs with Richard Stroh and Will Butler each chipping in with a couple of scalps.

Cuckney strolled to their win with more than 12 overs to spare with Butler (23 not out) and Tom Ullyott (26 out) seeing the game to its conclusion.

The Nottinghamshire Academy remain Cuckney’s closest rivals and they had the best of a draw against Plumtree at Lady Bay. Asked to bat first, the Academy made a solid start with Hassan Azad (42) and Tom Rowe (39) putting on 73 for the first wicket.

Several batters got a start but none kicked on to the big innings with Scott Elstone (43) and Andrew Parkin-Coates (38 not out) standing out.

Academy Scott Elstone

Scott Elstone made a start for the Academy

Plumtree are the first side this year to bowl out the county side when they closed the innings in exactly 50 overs for 232, Wasim Rana returning the day’s best bowling figures with 7-33 from nine overs.

In reply, the Plumtree batters never really forged any telling partnerships with Ben Milnes again impressing with 44 as they hung on at the close on 156 for nine. Adam Tillcock was the most successful Notts bowler with figures of 3-33.

At the bottom of the table, Worksop’s woes continued as they slipped to their third loss of the season at home against Clifton.

The visitors batted first and went to tea on 255 for seven with Martin Weightman leading the way with 81 supported by Tom Lungley (57), Liam Andrews (45) and Adam Shepherd (33 not out).

Tom Lungley

Good day for Tom Lungley with 4-24 and 57

Worksop were dismissed in 46.3 overs for 172 with only Gareth Pursehouse showing any solid resistance with 60; Lungley capped off a fine day with bowling figures of 4-24.

Fellow strugglers Welbeck slipped to a fourth loss of the season went they went down by 68 runs away at Mansfield Hosiery Mills. The Millers closed their innings when they were dismissed from the final ball of the 50th over for 210.

Tom New hit his second ton of the season, finishing on 114 from 100 balls with 15 fours and three sixes.

Younger brother Joe New opened the innings and supported with a gutsy 38. Kyle Francis again impressed for Welbeck with the ball grabbing 5-63 with Jonathan Ball weighing in with 4-58.

The Welbeck batting unit has not fired this year and they were all out in the 49th over for 142 with no one bettering Jonathon Loates’ effort with 25.

Kyle Garside was the leading destroyer with figures of 5-58 from 15 overs with Sudesh Fernando and Keshara Jayasinghe each bagging a brace of wickets.

Kimberley clambered up the table when they secured their first win of the season away at Wollaton. The home side batted first and ended on 224 for nine with runs for James Godrich (47), Josh Bembridge (47) and Alex King (40).

Matt Wright and Richards Adams were in the groove with the ball taking 4-43 and 3-63 respectively.

The visitors made relatively light work of their target, reaching their goal inside 45 overs thanks mainly to Akhil Patel’s 128 from 123 balls which included 17 fours and two sixes.

Skipper Sam Ogrizovic chipped in with 41 and Kimberley now lie in sixth place in the table.

The final game of the day saw the West Indian Cavaliers maintain their 100% winning record with a seven-wicket win away at Caythorpe. The home side batted first and posted a disappointing 172 for nine from their 50 overs.

Alex Tudor was the leading Cavs bowler taking 4-39 and only Usman Muzaffar really making a mark with 30 not out.

The Cavaliers batters obviously had other plans for their Saturday evening entertainment and rushed past their target in just over 30 overs for the loss of three wickets with Bilal Shafayat (96) and Rawait Khan (37) unbeaten at the close after Dominic Williamson kicked off the chase with 34.