Rain returns to favour Cuckney

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The rain that blighted the first half of the season returned today to ensure that only two games were played to their and one never starting, that being the game at Sookholme between Welbeck and Clifton.

Cuckney took the opportunity to stretch their lead at the top of the table when they grabbed 11 points in an abandoned game against the West Indian Cavaliers at Birchover Park.

The leaders won the toss and asked the Cavs to bat first and dismissed them for 208 in the final over with Luke Wood securing bowling figures of 4-34.

Michael Millwood took the batting plaudits for the home side with 54 at the top of the order with support coming from Alex Tudor (44) and Dominic Williamson (31).

Cuckney were on track for an eleventh win of the season but the weather intervened to limit their innings to just 33 overs by which time they had got to 160 for the loss of four wickets.

Alex Tudor

Alex Tudor supports with 44

Adam Burgess (33), Will Ullyott (32) and Will Root (31) all made solid contributions without kicking on to the big score with Farhan Shaukat taking 3-50 for the home side.

The Nottinghamshire Academy can still catch Cuckney but it is looking a big ask with two games remaining and their cause was not helped when their game at Caythorpe was abandoned after just 31 overs of the first innings.

The county side batted first on winning the toss and had progressed to 108 for four when the rain intervened. Tom Rowe returned to the top of the order and scored 32 and Anuj Dal was left on 24 not out and Kafeel Shafique had taken 2-42 for the home side.

If the race for the title remains unsettled, one of the relegation spots was confirmed when Worksop fell to a 199 run defeat away at Kimberley with Dan Birch smashing his second big ton of the season.

Dan Birch

Another big ton for Dan Birch

The former Derbyshire player hit 152 from just 119 balls with 20 fours and 8 sixes. He shared a stand of 257 for the first wicket with Akhil Patel (93) and with one eye on the weather, the home side declared after 41 overs on 304 for two.

This has been a tough season for Worksop and they have struggled to meet the demands of the top flight and their dismissal for 105 in exactly 30 overs officially consigned them to the drop.

Akhil Patel finished off a fine day personally with bowling figures of 3-10 and 14-year-old Jack Blatherwick, making his Premier League debut, took 2-22 including a wicket with his first ball.

The other side promoted this year Plumtree confirmed their status in the Premier League for 2013 when they defeated Mansfield Hosiery Mills at home by 7 wickets with more than 13 overs to spare.

The visitors batted first and were restricted to 165 for nine in their 50 overs with Sudesh Fernando top-scoring with 53 and spinners Wasim Rana (4-18) and Muhammad Usman (3-59) doing most of the damage.

Plumtree’s chase got off to a terrible start when they lost both openers with the score on just 2 but a 156 run stand between Matt Wood (91) and Caleb Mierkalns (64 not out) saw them home at a canter for the loss of just three wickets.

The second relegation spot is now effectively a straight fight between Papplewick and Wollaton and these two met today at Papplewick Hall in another game that was cut short due to the rain.

The visitors batted first and completed their innings when they were bowled out for 171 in 47 overs; Sam Johnson and Ian Dodd continued their good form from last weekend with 47 and 36 respectively in a third wicket stand of 72 with Jim Rhodes (4-25) and Dane Straw (4-51) taking the majority of the wickets before the rain returned to conclude the day.