Sun shines on Cuckney
Cuckney extended their lead at the top of the Nottinghamshire Premier League table after the full roster of matches in weeks rolled out a medley of results from crushing wins to final over cliffhangers.
Pitted against the unfortunate Kimberley, Cuckney produced the biggest winning margin of the day, inflicting a 184 run defeat.
The home side won the toss and spent much of the afternoon at the Private Ground chasing leather as the leaders racked up 304 for five with Will Root maintaining his good form with 81 from 77 balls batting at number four.
Adam Burgess (32), Will Butler (43), Tom Ullyott (68) and Richard Stroh (47 not out) also contributed heavily to the total, with Stroh’s runs coming from just 20 balls with five fours and three sixes.
Kimberley soon found themselves at 4 for two and never really recovered, losing wickets regularly and they were dismissed for 120 in just 27.5 overs.
Akhil Patel was the only home batter to put up solid resistance with a run-a-ball innings of 60 while Stroh (3-51) and Luke Wood (3-30) returned the best figures and the north Nottinghamshire remain on-track to win their first league title.
The Nottinghamshire Academy can still catch Cuckney and they made sure they did not slip any further behind the leaders when they crushed a poor Welbeck side by nine wickets at Sookholme.
The Academy’s skipper Andrew Parkin-Coates asked the home side to bat first and this proved to be a wise decision when they dismissed them for 142 in exactly 42 overs with Jake Ball taking 3-24 and Adam Tillcock continuing his good form with 3-43.
Jonny Loates was the only Welbeck batsman to show any real resistance with a patient innings of 69. The county side obviously had plans for the evening and took only 25 overs to reach their target for the loss of just one wicket with Sam Kelsall impressing with an unbeaten 84.
Wollaton have spent the vast majority of the season in the bottom two but they bounced back strongly from their loss to fellow-strugglers Worksop last week to beat Clifton by just one run at the Clifton Oval.
The visitors batted first and closed on a respectable 211 all out in 46.5 overs, all the better when you consider that they were teetering on 80 for five at one point.
But skipper Tim Young (47) and Dominic Read (58) both dug in to give their bowlers a chance. Notts’ Luke Fletcher and Liam Andrews took three wickets each with 3-54 and 3-31 respectively.
Clifton made a decent start to the run-chase with former skipper Richard Harris hitting 57 but when was out at 160, things declined rapidly and Wollaton snuck to only their second win of the season off the last ball of the game when Alistair Walters was caught off Josh Bembridge who finished with 3-40. But Alex King stole the headlines with figures of 4-45.
Any hopes that Worksop had of building on their win last week were dashed when they fell to a 133 run loss at home to Mansfield Hosiery Mills.
The Millers batted first on winning the toss and closed on 201 for six in their 50 over allotment; they too struggled early on and were 78 for five at one stage but Matt New compiled 85 not out to steer them to a competitive total with James Fraser contributing 45.
But the home side’s batting collapsed yet again and they were dismissed for just 68 inside 29 overs with Adam Dobb grabbing 3-5 and Kyle Garside 3-23.
The West Indian Cavaliers finally got on to the field after the most disrupted season in memory and showed no rustiness in defeating Papplewick by 6 wickets at Birchover Park.
Papplewick were invited to bat first and Saqlain Mushtaq ripped through the side, taking 6-21 from 13.5 overs to dismiss the visitors for 102 in 39.5 overs.
Alex Tudor chipped in with 3-14 and only visiting skipper Matt Dowman put up any resistance with 45. Cavs captain Usman Afzaal led the response with 35 as the home side easily reached their target inside 31 overs.
The final game of the day took place at Plumtree where Caythorpe walked off win a nine-wicket win. The home side batted first and after a cautious start, closed in 232 for six with Matt Wood (68) and Ben Thompson putting on 121 for the fourth wicket after a typically miserly opening spell from Tim Haynes who finished with 2-30 from his 15 over stint.
The Caythorpe opening pair of James Hawley and Josh Mierkalns also found runs difficult in the first twenty five overs but they accumulated steadily until Mierkalns played-on with his score on 46.
Hawley found a willing accomplice in Darren Bicknell and these two reached their target in the 48th over with Bicknell ending on 63 and Hawley (103) bringing up his century off the last ball of the innings.