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Ullyott's hundred extends Cuckney's lead

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The battle for the title looks set to go down to the wire after both the top two secured draws although Cuckney managed to extend their lead by a single point to 19 in the Nottinghamshire Premier League.

The leaders took 17 points from their winning draw at home to Caythorpe. Batting first, the home side closed on 253 for seven in their 50 overs with Tom Ullyott striking 102 from 124 balls with eight fours and two sixes with Nick Langford adding support with a round 50. Jim Hemmings was the leading first innings bowler, returning figures of 4-55.

Caythorpe were never really in the hunt in their response getting to 161 for eight with Steve Allcoat contributing 31 and James Oldham 30. Ian Parkin was the leading Cuckney bowler again with 3-25.

The Nottinghamshire Academy are the side in second and took 16 points from their draw against Papplewick.

They struck the days largest total when they declared after 46 overs with 295 for two after Scott Elstone starred with an unbeaten 109 from just 68 balls with 11 fours and 6 sixes, sharing a stand of 149 for the second wicket with Hassan Azad (94) after Sam Kelsall went for 46.

Papplewick may be in tenth spot but they will have taken confidence from their reply of 233 for six from their 54 overs in which Mark Nelson took much of the credit with 132 from 145 balls and Elstone rounded off a good day taking 3-52.

Mansfield Hosiery Mills have a mathematical if remote chance of catching the leaders but did their chances of a top three finish no harm with a 23 run victory over Kimberley at The Fieldings.

The home side were asked to bat first and were skittled for just 122 in 46.5 overs with Matt Wright grabbing 4-27 and Tom New ending unbeaten on 64.

The Kimberley response was on target at 65 for two but they collapsed to 99 all out with Kyle Garside and Matt New leading the attack with 5-34 and 3-29 respectively.

At the bottom of the table, Wollaton effectively needed two wins from the last four if they were to survive and could easily have secured one of those victories at home against Plumtree but ended up on the wrong end of a draw.

The visitors batted first on winning the toss and closed on 193 for eight with Sam Storey again leading from the front with 61 at the top of the order, with Matt Wood continuing his recent good form with 40 and Caleb Mierkalns stepping up with 34; Alex King took 3-46 and Ben Savage 3-58 for the home side.

With 10 overs to go, Wollaton needed less than five an over and had two batsmen going well – Ian Dodd continued his golden streak with 78 with Sam Johnson on 51 and they put on 117 for the fifth wicket.

But their season has been characterised by an inability to close out games and with a flurry of late wickets, they closed seven runs short with nine wickets down, with Wasim Rana taking 2-9 from 4 overs at the close to prevent the win.

In the other bottom of the table challenge, Welbeck strengthened their position in ninth by travelling to Worksop and securing a comprehensive nine wicket win.

The home side batted first and finished with 196 for six with Gareth Pursehouse and Mark Smallwood both scoring 57, Smallwood’s innings being unbeaten.

Jonathan Ball has been in good form all year and this continued with figures of 4-39.

But the stand-out player this term for the Colliers has been skipper Martyn Dobson and he re-affirmed his worth with a match-winning 104 not out to see his side home with more than 10 overs to spare after he put on 123 with Raman Sharma (44) for the first wicket.

The final game of the day saw the West Indian Cavaliers get a four wicket win away at Clifton with three overs remaining. Clifton batted first and were dismissed for just 179 at the batter-friendly Clifton Oval.

It could have been far worse when they were 129 for nine before skipper Alastair Walters and Alex Turner put on 50 for the last wicket with Walters last out for 35.

Earlier Scott McNeill struck 36 at the top of the order and veteran Orson Nurse returned the excellent figures of 5-22 from 7.5 overs.

The Cavaliers were struggling themselves at 58 for four but a stand of 77 between Usman Afzaal (44) and Dominic Williamson (41 not out) got them on the road to recovery.